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Old 10-03-2007
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Red face Old Threads.........

I've been reading these boards for a month or so now, and posting for a short while, and in that very short time I think I've seen NewBees chastised maybe four or five times for reviving ancient threads with new questions.

I absolutely agree, that is a netiquette no-no.

However, I'd like to make a comment or two and maybe a suggestion or two.

First, to the old-timers and moderators. I absolutlely understand your frustration; but a the same time you should be honored (usually). This site is so rich with experience and wisdom that it is inevitable that older threads will raise new questions and comments.

Perhaps (not to add to the over-workload of volunteer moderators) if you don't want old threads to be revived you might consider locking all threads where the oldest post is say 3 months old? That way the info would be there for NewBees to learn from, but the threads wouldn't be brought to the top.

Second, for the new folks (I know, NewBees is pejorative) search, Search, SEARCH. The Truth Is Out There !!!!!! I have found the answers to many many basic questions by searching through old threads.

If an older thread has a subject to which you wish to add, or doesn't completely answer a question you have, start a new thread and reference the old one. Such as, .... " I read elsewhere that thus and such is better than this-n-that, what is the current consensus on this question? "

Just my few thoughts on a common issue with online forums. I have to say that the fact that this is an issue only speaks to the quality of the forum.

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Well said, and well put.

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If an older thread has a subject to which you wish to add, or doesn't completely answer a question you have, start a new thread and reference the old one. Such as, .... " I read elsewhere that thus and such is better than this-n-that, what is the current consensus on this question? "
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You don't know what the h you are talking about. How dare you come in here and tell everybody how to behave. Until you have read the entire 1000 post solar panel thread you have no right to post!

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I agree, Fred. Usually what happens is someone comes in and answers, "directions to Little Creek from Norfolk" which question was asked six months prior and ya gotta figure the guy either drowned or got there. The same newbie immediately moves on to answer, "should I buy this Catalina for $65?" which was asked in 2002, making us wonder if the boat is still worth the $65.

You must be semi-literate because you went through the thought process wherein we think, "gee, I'll bet I'm not the only one who's had this question" and you looked in the archives. There IS a ton of info there and in the archived articles, which is what I'm usually reading when I'm not peeing in CruisingDad's boot.

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Thanks Guys

I've been around the Internet block a few times and have seen more than a few mistakes repeated over and over................... (actually, I met my DW on a forum ... NOT a dating forum ..... where we were both involved in a literary pursuit)

I really wish I could join the group that will be meeting up in Annapolis, but the travel budget is totally flat this trip..............

Xort, I will definitely post some pics ... me, my last boat (fishing), and the waters I'm most familiar with. I'll start a pic gallery in the next day or two.

Thanks again for the welcome, Fred
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I've been around the Internet block a few times and have seen more than a few mistakes repeated over and over................... (actually, I met my DW on a forum ... NOT a dating forum ..... where we were both involved in a literary pursuit)

I really wish I could join the group that will be meeting up in Annapolis, but the travel budget is totally flat this trip..............

Xort, I will definitely post some pics ... me, my last boat (fishing), and the waters I'm most familiar with. I'll start a pic gallery in the next day or two.

Thanks again for the welcome, Fred
Fred,

Welcome aboard!!

I appreciate the feedback. In all honesty, I have no problem with old threads being revisited. I actually have no problem with new threads being started on subjects that have been discussed before (as long as it is not recent... which has happened). THe truth of the matter is that if we never opened another thread on info that has already been discussed, the forum would be dead (well, except for off topic which would boom!).

I think a gentle reminder from our members regarding an old thread would be fine... not the chastising. Kinda like, 'Oops, just to let you know, you opened an old thread and my guess is that they did buy their boat or are dead..." (smile).

I have learned information from old threads that have been revived... so I do not find it such a big problem. I agree that it is a waste of good computer space to open threads where your answer will have no revelance on the OP questions, like "What will the weather by like in LI Sound this weekend?" when posted in 2001.

I hope that made sense??

Thanks for the suggestion and thoughts. Also, if you want to make a REAL contribution here, go put something completely useless in the Wind/Solar thread. There is a particulary old and crotchety member here whose blood presure rises every time he sees it!!


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I would also like to move this out of Off Topic and into General Discussion. I feel it does have relevance there.

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I have no problem when old threads are revived to make a new point or comment that is relevant today. I think most of the errors from newbies come from simply not being aware of the dates and a gentle reminder is enough to get them to start checking....something like...

Hey IDIOT don't you realize Clinton was in office the last time someone posted on this thread and the original poster was buried last week and we all attended the funeral!!

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Wow is it 2009 already ????
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