Lock old threads

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tindel

Joined Sep 16, 2012
756
I have seen a surge of folks practicing necromancy on this forum. Is there any way to automatically lock threads that over 1 or 2 months old or so, or have a popup acknowledging to the poster that it's a very old thread? It's just annoying to see these old threads popup from people that I generally assume are noobs or trolls.
 

ericgibbs

Joined Jan 29, 2010
11,551
hi tindel,
We try to weed out new posts to old threads that have one off Necro posts.

When the Necro poster gets replies from members, it is a choice of deleting/locking the posts or creating a new Thread for the Necro poster, with the Title suffix ..#2.

With regard to the Technical Repair Forum, we find that sometimes the repair of a particular piece of equipment, which is giving many posters a problem, is best left open and accessible for new posters.

In general if would help if members do not reply to Necro posters to old Threads.

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tindel

Joined Sep 16, 2012
756
Certainly understand the viewpoint.

I only bring this up because I've responded to old threads and spent time answering those threads, when I haven't realized they are old threads... wasting my precious time - sometimes lots of it. As I get busier in my career, my time is more limited and valuable... I don't want my time wasted. A simple reminder that it's an old thread could save me some time.

I like to come here occasionally for a 'brain break' and try to contribute in meaningful ways, but I want to be efficient.
 

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
10,913
I only bring this up because I've responded to old threads and spent time answering those threads, when I haven't realized they are old threads...
The date for each post is in the upper left corner. Everyone misses that on occasion, but it doesn't seem to happen to most very often. The trolls and noobs are easy to spot.
wasting my precious time - sometimes lots of it. As I get busier in my career, my time is more limited and valuable... I don't want my time wasted. A simple reminder that it's an old thread could save me some time.
Forum software already gives a warning when the last response to a thread is more than 1 year (?) old.
I like to come here occasionally for a 'brain break' and try to contribute in meaningful ways, but I want to be efficient.
If you only come here occasionally for recreation, then that shouldn't be too much time.

I am against locking threads after such a short period as proposed in your original post. Not everyone is one and done. Some have projects on going for several months, even years, and may want to update. Sure, the TS of a locked thread can appeal to the moderators to re-open it, but why should that additional burden be put on the TS to keep you from wasting your time?

I would find a more complex logic less objectionable. Take a poster with less than a certain, relatively small number of posts who hasn't been back in a year. I can understand locking threads started by that poster for a few reasons, if that can be done by forum software.
 

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
22,468
In my opinion our current practices should suffice.

Basically as I see it the thread belongs to the TS. If the necro-post is relevant to the TS then we should let it stand unless the thread is very old and the TS has been long gone. If the necro-poster is seeking help then we move it to its own thread.

We have a small number of long running threads that member add their appreciation of finding fixes to a common item. These are tagged with SUCCESS STORIES in the thread title.
 

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tindel

Joined Sep 16, 2012
756
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So I did just notice this, which was helpful on a thread. 365 is a long time, but not unbearable. Would be nice to get this on a little bit younger threads, just as a warning.
 
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