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Old 02-09-2011, 03:13 PM   #16
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Once again, we already do this. For older threads the Quick Reply is completely disabled. If someone does click the reply button there is a large red "Please note that this thread has not been replied to in over 6 months. Please ensure your reply is still relevant and timely." note at the top.

--jeremy
What I got from Hang dog's post is that there should be a question- with radio buttons.
"hey there, you're responding to an old thread. Are you adding a response [] or Asking a new question that deals with it [] ? "

If they choose "new q" then they get shunted to a new thread creator. Then again this is fairly complicated.

The problem with Zombie threads is that when they float up to the top of the forum other people don't carefully look at the date of creation, and respond as if it's a new thread. I'm sure I've responded to a zombie saying "this issue was resolved a while ago, please search" - and subsequently realised it's an old thread! I assume that most people browse the forums by looking at the titles, and rarely at any other info provided (assumption only!) so I would be pro having a [OLD THREAD] tag.
"if last post-1 is < 1 year older than today, flag as [OLD THREAD]."

TG
 
Old 02-10-2011, 05:00 AM   #17
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Out of curiosity, how big of an issue do long time members feel this is?
I don't see a major problem, I don't see it happening that much. When it does, the mods can split the new posts into their own thread.

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... Continually telling new members they should search before the post and then closing all older threads just doesn't seem right IMHO.
Right on. Closure would be over-reacting.


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How about a new prefix that is automatically applied to a topic title ( just like [SOLVED] ) when a thread is brought back from the dead so that people aren't caught by surprise.
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... my suggestion was more about increasing visibility of the fact that the thread is an old one.
I agree that it would be nice to be warned, & the tag idea sounds good to me.


I don't see how anyone could miss the banner that comes up when you try to post to an old thread, but some must be ignoring it; so maybe something like this would be a good idea:
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.. Maybe an extra warning to the poster with the option to still abort after s/he pushes the Submit button.
That, or force us to click on the banner before the "Reply to Thread" dialog box is even shown.


BTW, I suspect this the 8 year old thread brianL was referring to:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ore-rank-4690/

Last edited by archtoad6; 02-10-2011 at 05:01 AM.
 
Old 02-10-2011, 07:31 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by titanium_geek
What I got from Hang dog's post is that there should be a question- with radio buttons.
"hey there, you're responding to an old thread. Are you adding a response [] or Asking a new question that deals with it [] ? "
This is actually more along the lines of what I was thinking. To be honest, I've never responded to a thread old enough to trigger the warning, so I've never seen it in action. In terms of impact on LQ, digging up old threads is a pretty minor deal in my opinion, but it probably does have more of an impact on new users than people who have been here a bit.
 
Old 02-10-2011, 07:41 AM   #19
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I only reply to tell the "resurrectionist" to look at the date on the original post.
 
Old 02-11-2011, 05:48 AM   #20
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If anyone is still interested, this is the thread I was talking of: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-linux-290492/

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Old 02-13-2011, 11:54 PM   #21
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Every once in a while Google leads me to a thread like this that doesn't have a response, so I'll hammer-out one (for the benefit of others that may be googled to it).

Other than a [Ressurected] tag/header, could we just stick with the standard warnings and place a "Zombie Envelope" on it?
Maybe just a Skull or tombstone?
 
Old 11-17-2011, 05:23 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by GazL View Post
people tend not to notice the time disparity and can end up wasting time re-reading/responding to posts that have long since lost their meaning.
The red coloured message "Please note that this thread has not
been replied to in over 6 months. Please ensure your reply is still
relevant and timely.
" is shown ONLY when the first time a Muppet
;p responds to it, and once the Muppet responds there is no such
warning for the other people who are about to jump in seeing the
bumped up thread.

So, if this warning gets shown every time when one intends to
respond to 6 year old thread, then perhaps..?

Last edited by TheIndependentAquarius; 11-17-2011 at 05:33 AM.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 09:16 AM   #23
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Once while searching Google, a TWO year old thread came up but didn't have the "command" required for the desired solution, so I searched further and found that "command"! The first thing I did then was to reply to that two year old thread stating the reasons and the command in question, the next day some member of that thread acknowledged my post, rated helpful and said a thankyou,

Crux: Closure is not always the solution.
++1
 
Old 12-07-2011, 08:14 PM   #24
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++1
I do this, too; If I find a thread on *any* forum that describes the problem I'm having, and I find the solution, I post that fix everywhere I can find it.

Nothing is worse than getting two hits in Google with the exact same error you're getting, and no one's found the solution. :P
 
Old 12-09-2011, 02:52 PM   #25
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What annoys me the most is when a thread is resurrected, there have been a couple of recent contributions and I don't notice that it was originally started years ago. (Yeah, what is really annoying me is the 'I should have noticed' aspect.)

So, for this particular problem, I have a couple of suggestions:
  • On another forum, I have seen that the practice is to include the thread start date/time on the 'latest posts' page. potentially, that date could also get additional emphasis (red/bold) if it were in excess of some period ago, if people still don't notice.
  • Alternatively, anyone responding to a post started in excess of some time period ago could get the red warning, not just the first to post after the relevant time period.

Neither of these would stop the resurrector from resurrecting, but I am quite sure that this would result in the resurrector getting an early reminder about the desirability of starting a new thread, in most cases. And, more important, there would be more chance that people who don't intend to participate in resurrection noticing.
 
Old 12-13-2011, 03:18 AM   #26
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And, more important, there would be more chance that people who don't intend to participate in resurrection noticing.
I think this issue is what causes the most annoyance and ire about resurrected posts.

TG
 
  


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