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SD...yeah...what I was meaning was one year after the LAST post...about twice as long as you since some questions seem to be annual ones...particularly about north and south migrations etc. so it is helpful to bring up previously dormant threads that would otherwise be locked. Anyway...I'll ask Admin Jeff to take a look at this issue.
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What a bunch of party poopers you guys are. If the thread is too old for you, don't read it. Besides, what if coondogger makes it back to shore after drifting around in his life raft for a couple of years. Don't you want to hear about it? I don't think Ken Barnes should get all the attention.
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"locking threads"
Why not just burn 'em? It all sounds pretty nazi to me. I'm with Cabin Boy Jim. (aarrgh)

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If and when Coondogger gets to shore and returns to post... he can post a new thread telling us how he used his toes to entice fish to jump into the liferaft and made sushi from them.
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"What a bunch of party-poopers you guys are."

Yeah! I used to have a ball digging up old threads!
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"What a bunch of party poopers you guys are. If the thread is too old for you, don't read it."
The thing is, Jim, that whenever someone has been up too late and posts a new reply to a threat that died three years ago ("I'm buying a VHFm which model should I buy?") and has no relevance today...we all get notified of a NEW THREAD and waste our time looking at it before we can see how dead it was.
If the thread is locked, flagging it as old, the poster can always start a new thread with the same title, or post a new question referring to the old, etc. MOST likely, I think that when they see the locked notice, they'll figure out "Oh, that was an old one wasn't it?" and realize they're replying to a moot point.
Of course, if you know any real good programmers, you could just ask them to update the forum software so the background changed and the old messages were covered in falling leaves, snow drifts, and dust bunnies instead. Now, THAT'S what good forum $oftware could do.
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Who's to say for someone else what's "moot" or without "relevance?" That's the beauty and grandeur of the internet: all things exist simultaneously outside of space or time. Those who stay up too late should go to bed.

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"Who's to say for someone else what's "moot" "

The forum staff. That's what moderators and admins are tasked with, making the big decisions for the big pay, because it is their board, and we abide by their rules and judgement calls.

Other than that, it doesn't take much judgement to say "Gee, this poster needed crew for a November 2001 passage. It's 2007 now, that's a moot point." In other old posts, there may still be value to them, which is probably why they still are available instead of being archived or deleted off, but when people answer them contemporaneously and the original poster hasn't made a peep in two or three years, that's simply called AN ERROR and friends help prevent friends (and newbies) from making those. Like, by locking old posts and encouraging them to start new ones if that's what they really want to do.

I suppose really elegant forum software (and you thought they were all the same?) could have a user option for that. As a display setting, do not count as "new" any reply to a thread where the previous message was more than ## months old. A simple programming task, for a programmer.
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Yes, it is a relatively simple programming task, but it would add significantly to the workload of the webserver if it was a user-settable option. The server would have to check each thread for every user, rather than having a single setting that applies to all users, and that involves a significant amount of computation time for the webserver to go through.
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