|Forum topic by Dave Pearce||posted 06-17-2011 09:27 PM||968 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-17-2011 09:27 PM
Afternoon Martin, MsDebbie, et al.
Has there ever been any thought given about expiring forum threads? Some of the sites I’ve seen/been involved with over the years typically lock the threads that don’t have new comments posted after a certain amount of time, say about 60 days, give or take. Instead they force the user to start a new thread if they want to continue on the topic. If I recall in my muddy memory, the logic behind this was three-fold: 1). Prevents the “Me-too’s” from restarting a long-dead thread, (adding zero insight or close to it), and 2). Prevents spammers from ressurecting dead threads in the system as a joke, annoying everyone, and finally 3). Instead of re-starting an old thread everyone’s already read with the same old replies, (where no one wants to reply, since “it’’s already been said. Twice!”) a new one gets created that might invite fresh insight.
I remember, if background on the new thread was needed, even if the new thread maker doesn’t want to restate everything in the first conversation, the idea was to reference the old thread in their new thread via hyperlink (although I don’t believe this was enforced) and continue on.
Keep in mind, I’m talking about Forum posts, not blog or project comments.
What say you?