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Old 04-27-2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Suggestion: Minimum post count to post in old inactive threads


I have been thinking that there should be a minimum post count needed before you can resurrect an inactive thread that has not been posted to for longer than one year.

Recently I have seen a couple of ancient threads resurfacing when starting a new thread would probably have been more appropriate. It usually seems to be newer members resurrecting them. Possibly it could be something like 10 posts for a 1 year dormant thread, 50 for a 2 year dormant thread and 100 for a 3 year dormant thread.

I realise LQ encourages people to search for related existing threads, and post in them where appropriate. However in most cases of resurrected ancient threads that I have noticed, I feel it would have been equally or more appropriate to start a new one and perhaps refer to the old vaguely related threads.

Its not like this is a huge overwhelming problem, though. I's just been nagging me recently so I thought I would throw it into the ring and see what other people think.

Last edited by Eternal_Newbie; 04-27-2008 at 11:31 AM. Reason: clarified a bit
 
Old 04-27-2008, 11:55 AM   #2
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I'd say quality over quantity any time, but what about having the option to make the thread read-only once the poster is satisfied with the response, or has lost interest?
 
Old 04-27-2008, 01:06 PM   #3
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That actually makes more sense, and I imagine would be easier to implement. You might also automaticaly lock threads read-only after a certain period of inactivity, eg 3 years.
 
Old 04-27-2008, 01:16 PM   #4
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I would say make any thread read-only if it has been inactive for---let's say 6 months. There could be several good reasons:
--OP lost interest
--problem was solved
--technology had evolved so some of the info no longer relevant.
 
Old 04-27-2008, 07:55 PM   #5
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At times, posting in an old thread could be quite relevant. We do disable the Quick Reply after a certain amount of time, but I'm not sure going beyond that is really in the spirit of LQ. I'd be interested in further feedback, however.

--jeremy
 
Old 04-28-2008, 10:34 AM   #6
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Yes, it's not like LQ is being overwhelmed by Zombie Threads of Doom. And 6 months seems too short a period to lock a thread after. Perhaps I was just overreacting.
 
  


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