Every now then I see fellow Sailnet member chided by their shipmates for either contibuting to old threads or (conversly) not starting a new thread for which an old one already exists.
This appears a little hypoctical, but this contradiction can not be atttibuted to any one member. There just seems to be two strong opinions on the vaule of old posts and the contribution of content by others.
Personnally, I find the old posts valuable, and think those who elect to contribute to these older threads do a good service. First, they add depth of information. Secondly, it creates a longer scope of time on the topic that can reflect changes in trends, opinions, or technology.
Posting new (separate) threads on similar or identical topics also serves the forum well. It increases the thread population for a given topic (a good thing) and increases the likelihood that it will come into view of a person who could answer the post. Often, those with valuable answers for others come across these threads while they are serching for something else. A new thread or post will pop up as a new post and have a better chance of being viewed by the eyes of a sailor with an answer or comment.
Contibute to old posts, AND
start new ones.