If we stick to necroposting,I've toyed with different scenarios with respect to locking a post.
The first though was lock them after a certain amount of time.
Next was lock them after they have run their course and the inquiry was satisfied.
Then it was leave them open, even if necroposted.
It happened that John, a member here, brought up in another forum about business models and forums. One of the blogs at forumdr talked about the admins getting rid of "fluff" posts as they add no value to the forum. Well, if we consider postings as an asset to attract new members, this does bode well for us to keep the threads alive. Also in that article, it recommended the admins edit the titles to reflect what the topic is about. All this extra work is to improve the SEO position. If EETECH Media went towards that direction, I think the moderators should be paid.
Also considered an asset is the members, as they are the force answering the inquiries. If we were to consider the acquisition costs to convert someone to a long term member, it would be enormous. You have willing volunteers working for a for profit organization. Maybe EETECH could sponsor some "interns" to assist the moderators attempts to "clean out the fluff."
So, it comes to the final question ... what are the metrics that determine a post adds value to the forum? Is it like pornography? We will know it when we see it? That metric has way too much wiggle room.
I'm cautiously optimistic that if we present a coherent idea instead of screaming at the moderators we might get what would appear to make most people happy. Only time will tell.There is always a catch-22.
The closing thread argument will continue long after I depart this earth.
The same arguments will be discussed until someone in authority decides on how they want it done. The moderators are NOT the authority in this example, and neither is the membership. The best those two groups can do is discuss their thoughts.
I'm not a sales or marketing guy, so I guess I don't get the value of a couple of posts a week one way or the other. I can see leaving them on the site so when people Baidu a problem they get to the site, but if it's open or closed can't make much difference. Can it?Once someone in authority decides on the value of the old posts, the decision becomes easy.
Thanks. Pretty good turn out.I did vote for the third choice.
That would be nice. Maybe something like the date in red or something at the beginning of the post.What about suggesting a more prominent flag for necroposts? I can't see how there is any serious business concern with providing such a flag, except for some small cost to implement it in software. Folks like me then wouldn't care whether a post was a necropost or not, and there would be less need for a mod to handle them at all, one way or the other. Surely any suggestion to reduce the work of the mods would get an open ear?
You can't be serious? -- Do that and 98% (at least) of these fora's value is forfeit --- Information 'keeps well' and, in point of fact, improves with time where 'maintenance' is allowed/encouragedOr you could add another option, delete the whole archive.
Sure, why not? It would make the mods life easier. And makes about as much sense as locking them for some one making a 'necropost'. The forum, when someone is making a new post, gives that person a few examples of similar posts. That seems to me, to be an invitation to post to one of the existing threads. And then the member gets the thread locked. And many newbies would think, "hey, they don't want me here".You can't be serious? -- Do that and 98% (at least) of these fora's value is forfeit --- Information 'keeps well' and, in point of fact, improves with time where 'maintenance' is allowed/encouraged
--Emphasis added--...And makes about as much sense as locking them for some one making a 'necropost'.
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