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Old 04-23-2013, 04:02 PM   #31
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As I've said in the past, adding to threads of any age is fine as long as your reply is still topical and relevant. We have no plans to block, archive, close or delete threads at any time. Threads older than 6 months have the quick reply box disabled and have a large red warning indicating their age when you reply. Thanks for the feedback.

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:04 PM   #32
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@phaemon
There are two problems with your line of reasoning:
First; you want the board's administrators to protect people from themselves when searching for information. Whether searching the internet or books in a library, critical thinking is required. Fact of life is most of the "stuff" on the internet is misinformation (wrong, inaccurate, and a few lies), with good information being the exception. Sifting through the information (and misinformation) available is the responsibility of the searcher. Unlike Windows, using Linux requires a little thinking. It is not Jeremy's, the moderators', my or your responsibility to do other peoples' thinking for them. And this board is also only one of many boards. A reasonably intelligent person will draw a conclusion after checking more than one source. Blindly accepting the first thing one finds is a problem with that person's search skills (or more bluntly, that person's thinking), not a problem with the board.

Second; a computer users' forum is not a news magazine or instruction manual created by a company for its products. It is also not a help centre staffed by paid professionals. It is a place where computer users support each other by providing solutions to each others' problems. As a resource for people using a computer system that requires at least a minimal level of self-reliance, a forum is a collection of accumulated information that evolves over time as software changes. Which leads back to critical thinking. Anyone who blindly accepts ten-year-old software advice on a users' forum either needs to learn how to search for information or stop trying to manage a computer system.
 
Old 04-23-2013, 10:52 PM   #33
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Any user of a forum needs to look at dates on the posts. Things just change over time. A post from 2000 may still be OK to add to. Just depends on the issue. 14 years is a long time for this type of data. In fact, 3 or 4 years is about the limit on useful data.

I'm not sure adding to most older posts improves the overall effectiveness. I find it takes more thought. One then needs to consider the entire scope of the original issue based on all one knows or remembers from that time and then asks themselves if the fix is correct.
 
  


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