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Closing duplicate posts

Posted 12-25-2007 at 12:06 PM by archtoad6

1st, thank you to Jeremy & all the Mods, they make this an orderly & productive place to hang out.

Background note: My main way of interacting w/ LQ is through my subscription to the daily "0-reply threads" e-mail. Therefore, my problems arise when I click on an entry in that e-mail & find a closed thread which has no references to its continuation, or, worse, gives the "Invalid Thread specified. If you followed a valid link, please notify the administrator" error msg.

While anyone who makes duplicate post in clear violation of the rules may be, in your private opinion, a/an/uno: <!--break-->
  1. new member in need of gentle guidance :)
  2. stupido
  3. moron (
  4. imbecile
  5. idiot
  6. malicious arsehole
and therefore, except for a), deserving of the punishment that results when his/her duplicates are summarily closed or deleted. However, it is not only the OP who is affected; the rest of, innocents mostly, also suffer by not being able to follow & fully participate in the overall discussion.

I respectfully request that when closing a thread you try to follow these guidelines.
  • Never do it in way that results in the "Invalid Thread specified. ..." msg. Always put in a visible explanation.
  • Never close a duplicate w/o a link to the remaining "live" thread.
  • Evaluate the duplicates for content -- close the one w/ the fewest replies, even if it then needs to be moved to a different forum.
  • If there are replies w/ real answers in more than one (duplicate), merge them.
  • If you don't have the time, energy, or patience to do all this, can't you report your post so another Mod., or you yourself at another time, can finish what ought to be done?
  • Feel free to ask (another Mod.) for help.

These are some thoughts/musings on ways of closing duplicate posts & the problems they can cause. For the moment, this is a scratch pad for my ideas. Ultimately, when the content & tone are right, I'll make it more widely public.

I posted similar thoughts here:
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