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04-20-2009 01:21 PM
AE28 I agree that time-sensitive threads (looking for crew) shouldn't be revived but others might still be relevant years after their original posting.

As has been suggested sooooooooo many times, if a particular post bugs you, stay away from it.
04-20-2009 01:05 PM
smackdaddy Right on bellie - keep the old threads.
04-20-2009 01:00 PM
belliegirl2 Old threads rock. At least once every year the Cruising with bulldogs thread gets a revisit.

And I laugh my back side off.
04-20-2009 12:03 PM
arf145 Man, I get most of my info from other's threads. So seeing an old thread brought back because it is relevant to the person who resurrected it frequently does me a favor.

Time sensitive threads, as mentioned by others, are a different matter, and do make the resuscitater look clueless.
04-20-2009 11:18 AM
CBinRI
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Originally Posted by quidam1947 View Post
I agree that the old posts (information contained within) are extremely valuable. I was thinking that most threads should be automatically locked after say 6 months (excluding threads like THE PUB LIGHT IS ON, THE SONG THREAD, ETC.) with a moderator adding a post at the very end of the tread indicating that THIS THREAD IS CLOSED. AND perhaps... suggesting that the user could/should start a new thread if they didn't get the information they were seeking. The old thread could be referenced in the new thread???.

Just a thought.

Michele
I would respectfully disagee in that the threads are useful not only to the first person who posed the question but also to the others who find it later. I don't see the problem with leaving them open.
04-20-2009 08:36 AM
sailingdog Very true...but no one is talking about deleting anything...
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Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
Some of the old threads are irreplaceable. Robert Gainer's posts come immediately to mind.
04-20-2009 06:57 AM
wind_magic Some of the old threads are irreplaceable. Robert Gainer's posts come immediately to mind.
04-19-2009 02:22 PM
Fstbttms Reviving old threads violates accepted forum etiqutte, much like TYPING IN ALL CAPS or por speling an gramer. It just ain't done.
04-19-2009 02:14 PM
quidam1947
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Originally Posted by Shack View Post
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.

[redacted]

Personnally, I find the old posts valuable,
Contibute to old posts, AND start new ones.
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I agree that the old posts (information contained within) are extremely valuable. I was thinking that most threads should be automatically locked after say 6 months (excluding threads like THE PUB LIGHT IS ON, THE SONG THREAD, ETC.) with a moderator adding a post at the very end of the tread indicating that THIS THREAD IS CLOSED. AND perhaps... suggesting that the user could/should start a new thread if they didn't get the information they were seeking. The old thread could be referenced in the new thread???.

Just a thought.

Michele
04-19-2009 12:52 PM
Faster I think it depends on the context of the reviving post... if it's in answer to a 6 year old question and it's pretty obvious that the poster didn't realize the the OP wasn't current, then I don't think there's anything wrong with a gentle reminder to check the dates of posts before responding. Another good indicator is the ratio of views to responses. A post with 600 views and 2 responses is likely long out of date.

But there's nothing wrong with "bumping" an old post to revive the discussion or to add something relevant. As Shack indicated, sometimes not doing so will produce a suggestion to search old topics before starting a new thread Can't win sometimes.
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