Why are old threads locked from posting?

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by DesuMaiden, Sep 6, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. DesuMaiden

    DesuMaiden Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2013
    Posts:
    534
    I don't think there is anything wrong with bumping an old thread if you have a worthwhile contribution to make. It is better to bump an old thread with a high quality post rather than create a new thread on an old topic. Creates less redundancy. Just my opinion.
     
  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Posts:
    17,877
    Location:
    New England
    Long experience has shown us that bumping old threads is almost always a bad idea. Very often, people bump an old thread to answer a question that was already answered, or rendered unnecessary by time. Or, they try to ask the member "if they found the answer" or some such thing. When looking at the member they are replying to, very often that person hasn't even been online on the forum for years.

    Then, other people come along and see the new posts, they start reading the thread from the beginning, and they start answering questions that were asked and answered years ago. People usually fail to look at the dates when they see a thread is currently active. Or even better, a thread from years ago, bumped today, starts with someone asking about something like a Firefox v2.0 problems they are having... again, not reading the dates, someone always comes along and asks "Why are you still running that old version?!" :rolleyes:

    Anyway, technology and news on the Internet moves very fast. Threads from even months ago are often obsolete and not even relevant to the present.
     
  3. Aryeh Goretsky

    Aryeh Goretsky Security Expert

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Posts:
    54
    Location:
    United States
    Hello,

    I like this approach. If the additional material is novel enough, create a new thread to present it, and add a link to the original, closed discussion.

    Regards,

    Aryeh Goretsky
     
  4. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Posts:
    8,030
    Location:
    Lloegyr
    Yeah, it's not always a wise thing to bring back *zombie threads. It can lead to much confusion.

    *Threads back from the dead. ;)
     
  5. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2009
    Posts:
    8,516
    You could always quote/reference them in a new thread.
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.