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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 02-23-2013 09:45 PM 1548 views 1 time favorited 52 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2013 09:45 PM

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I really don’t like it when somebody tries to add their own comment to a long-dead thread. When the last comment posted was 1755 days ago,e.g., it shows that either the subject was beat to death, or is just simply no longer relevant. Many of those who posted in the day are no longer monitoring. If somebody has a comment to make, they should start a fresh new thread, and let others participate anew. A dormant thread, say 30, 60 or 100 days old with no new activity, should be closed to new comments. Possibly it could be archived for viewing, just not accepting further comments. Anybody with me on this?

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 09:48 PM

What if someone stumbles upon it and truly has a comment / question, etc. etc.?

They are just Out of Luck?

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 09:48 PM

That certainly sounds reasonable, but that’d be up to Ms Debbie to close it I would think.

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 09:55 PM

Sorry, PK, not with you on this one. New thread(s) would be a re-hash. If someone finds on older thread that is all they want to discuss, fine. How often does it happen, and what’s the downside?

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#4 posted 02-23-2013 09:57 PM

I haven’t been a member of the forum as long as many, but it is still nice to see those threads pop up every now and then, like drifters who wander in and out of our lives… some of those can also be pretty annoying if they stick around too long in between visits. I think I am on the fence, leaning towards separating some how. Maybe a little pop up that prompts a new poster that “the thread they are about to post on is over such and such days old, do they really want to post, have you read all the replies, etc. etc”... in case someone misses how old it really is.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#5 posted 02-23-2013 10:08 PM

also, maybe just more sorting options, if that way you could view as is, and see the flow, or sort according to number of days posted etc>>

-- Who is John Galt?

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#6 posted 02-23-2013 10:08 PM

trade-off Poopie…this thing is available on Google so somebody searching for advice might stumble on an old thread and ask more questions (or say thanks) and the old post gets revived.

Not saying “thanks” is a common complaint here. So is opening a new topic on something that was covered years ago. Just an observation but the regulars here can be a rather “testy” bunch (sometimes reminds me of the DMV).

The “snarky” comments about a new question on an old topic usually come from somebody associated with the old topic (usually with the “Jane you ignorant s##t” attitude). A cut-off on new posts might actually force some proper manners on a free message board. From time to time I see a topic gets “closed” (which I think means no further comments are allowed but the history is still available)?

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#7 posted 02-23-2013 10:33 PM

I fail to see any problem, but then, I try not to obsess over such things.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 02-23-2013 10:44 PM

Personally, I wish that more old threads would be revived or searched before “new” threads were started. I get tired of seeing the same topics rehashed when they’ve already been beat to death on older threads. I think that closing older topics to further questions/comments would just result in more repeating of the same topics over and over again…

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 10:44 PM

I would agree a little bit on the normal forums. I like the idea of the pop up that Joey suggested. It’s hard for newer members to see where it says how old a thread is sometimes.
Where i agree whole heartedly is the Trade and Swap forum where i have seen quite a few times some one posts to a thread that is over a year old asking if the item is still for sale.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#10 posted 02-23-2013 10:54 PM

Sometimes I like to see a golden oldie pop up. I too wish more people would look through the site before asking the same question for the 12th time. It does seem that newer members sometimes pull up an old thread with an add on or follow up question, making it harder for them to get the info they seek. No big deal really, typically I just skim through for the stuff that catches my eye.

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#11 posted 02-23-2013 10:55 PM

I arrived at this place because of a google inquiry I made to a specific product, and the thread was a bout a year old. I joined and the thread got bumped back up because I asked a question. It is what it is – if you don’t want to read something then I simply wouldn’t. I don’t think it’s poor etiquette on the part of the poster.

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#12 posted 02-23-2013 10:56 PM

I would like a choice. For instance a thread about something for sale that’s sold could be closed, but a “how to” blog should stay open.

if it can only be one way or the other, than I rather it was like it is now.

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#13 posted 02-23-2013 10:59 PM

Gotta vote against you on this one poopie. Those threads contain a ton of woodworking info. I’d rather folks do research than open a new thread on the same old topic. Like, which tablesaw should I buy? What’s the difference between crosscut and rip? Should I keep my fingers away from the blade? Are there 12 inches in a foot? What’s a kerf? Should I use a saw or router when making dovetails? Yada, yada, yada…

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 11:03 PM

Why do you care?

-- Bert

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#15 posted 02-23-2013 11:05 PM

An option to close a thread might be good thing. Like stated, if the item was sold, or if it has gone so far off the tracks w/no hope of coming back. But, not to close a thread simply because of elapsed time or age of thread.

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