Question Answer Plugin

Thanks @angus that all seems to be working correctly now :smiley:

Running latest release and seeing the following errors.

Message (49 copies reported)

Job exception: uninitialized constant Jobs::QaUpdateTopicsPostOrder
Did you mean? Jobs::UpdateTopicPostOrder


/var/www/discourse/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.7.0/gems/activesupport- const_get' /var/www/discourse/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.7.0/gems/activesupport- block in constantize’
/var/www/discourse/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.7.0/gems/activesupport- each' /var/www/discourse/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.7.0/gems/activesupport- inject’
/var/www/discourse/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.7.0/gems/activesupport- constantize' /var/www/discourse/vendor/bundle/ruby/2.7.0/gems/activesupport- constantize’
/var/www/discourse/app/jobs/base.rb:288:in enqueue' /var/www/discourse/app/jobs/onceoff/onceoff.rb:40:in block in enqueue_all’
/var/www/discourse/app/jobs/onceoff/onceoff.rb:37:in each' /var/www/discourse/app/jobs/onceoff/onceoff.rb:37:in enqueue_all’

Sorry for the issue. Working on it, waiting to be merged:

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Cool, I’m excited to see this merged and look forward to the fix. Happy Holidays.

What is the role of the “QnA one-to-many format.” setting that can be found in category settings?

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It’s a deprecated feature, which we’ll be removing from the QnA Plugin in the near future. That feature now has it’s own dedicated plugin


How do you remove your vote? In options, there is a configuration of how much time you have to undo the vote, but I don’t see a way how to actually do that.

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Are there any good examples of this plugin in use in the wild? I’d love to see it in action!

Select the yellow “Undo your upvote” text - see screenshot below.

I noticed a few feedback items:

  1. up icon to vote is not respecting dark theme (see screenshot)
  2. placement of my flair on comments on answers is off (see screenshot)
  3. styling of the info button is not bad but it doesn’t really match the rest of the page and takes up some horizontal space. Maybe a different approach, e.g. a small text link in the top right corner or next to the category and tag would work better? Screen Shot 2021-08-25 at 12.14.56 PM
  4. “Undo your upvote” link is not obviously a link
  5. qa trust level vote limits admin setting is deselected by default, but I still get an error “You cannot exceed the number of votes for your trust level” which doesn’t maek sense? Screen Shot 2021-08-25 at 12.18.37 PM
  1. Is there only a ‘Comment’ button on first post and the replies don’t show that button on bottom?

That’s OK by design or there is a bug in my theme?

  1. Upvoting is missaligned, I think that could be fixed by CSS (I will try to do it).


Can we recover the normal order of posts uninstalling the plugin?

I see that previous reported bug really messy our conversations :neutral_face:

Yes there seems to be a conflict between this plugin and the Solved Plugin, i.e. the “Solution” element in your screenshot. This plugin does not yet offiically support the Solved Plugin.

Yes, you just need to disable the plugin in a category in which its enabled and the posts will go back to their normal order.

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Thank you for this plugin! One question, what happens to the content if the plugin is removed? It is clear that the votes and the special sorting of replies will be gone, but what would happen to the “replies” and “comments” for each reply? Will they stay are will they gone?

My reason to ask is that we have started using this plugin to build a collaborative user guide. Having comments for each reply is very convenient. The votes are promising too, but what if they come with unintended consequences and we want to get rid of them? It would be a pity to lose the guide because we want to remove the votes.

Worst case scenario, I guess we could remove the vote UI via CSS, keeping the plugin there.

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Great question.

Comments and answers are just posts showing up in a different order. They will be retained.

If you want to uninstall the plugin just uncheck “Make all topics in this category QnA” in the category settings. This will revert all of the posts to their original order.

For example I just reverted the QnA category on to its standard order (i.e. chronological (will change in back in 24 hours).


Ok, knowing this is encouraging. We will try the plugin, and if the votes don’t fulfill their mission then we will have two options to remove them: the light one via CSS and the heavy one disabling the plugin. No content lost. Great adaptation of Discourse core components!

By the way, just in case you are curious, we are using your plugin to create a collaborative video guide of a product, where people are invited to link to videos that people have created about aspects of this product. We have customized a couple of labels to make it work. See Bitwig Video Guide - Bitwish (we have just started, so it is mostly empty; also, most subcategories are muted and this is why it looks emptier for anonymous users).


So we had great success with one of our experiments:

Multiple entries, and several entries are getting additional comments. Interestingly, the upvoting itself hasn’t been used much, but maybe it is because this is a new idea and people are not used to it.

Now, one problem that we didn’t expect was that, with all this activity, it isn’t easy to find new comments, except for the very last (because it is the one being linked to from the timeline). Are we missing something, like a hidden alternative way to see the posts chronologically? Or any thoughts, advice?

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Has anyone tried to create an SQL query to grant a badge to anyone who has submitted at least one answer that received at least one upvote on a specific category? Examples of queries with more answers and/or more upvotes would be very useful to create silver and gold types of badges around this great plugin. :slight_smile:

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Like many before me, been looking for a SO-like Q&A site that is based on a solid foundation, opensource, with an active & vibrant community, and Discourse seems to be a natural fit (nearly) with it’s plugins.

Then found mention of your plugin in another thread, and this looks really very promising reading some of the posts above. Wondering if there is a site that uses latest/nearly-latest Discourse with this plugin (and hopefully not much else) to get a feel of how this plugin works & feels ?


We need to figure out if we “retire” this and move it to #plugin:broken-plugin or if you would like to keep this as is and maintain long term.

The official Q&A plugin (which is inspired by much of this) is now ready for beta. So we need to figure out what to do with this plugin.


We’ll retire this one. When the new one is released, you can move this to #plugin:broken-plugin and put a notice directing people to the new one. I’ll also update the repo readme.

If there’s a need for a migration script, I’ll be happy to write that, but only if there’s a need amongst existing users of this plugin (please let me know if that’s you).


Hey Angus,

I just published a new topic for the official Discourse Question Answer plugin: