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 Post subject: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:57 pm 
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This is something that has bugged me for a long time, so I thought it is worth another suggestion / discussion...

I personally think it would make a lot of sense to have an "auto-lock" feature for old threads. Even using a long time frame like two or three months would be great. That way the bumping rule and annoyance would be a thing of the past. If you find an old thread that needs new commenting, a new thread with a link to the old would be the way to go.

I searched and only found one other discussions about it here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11543&hilit=locking+old+threads

so I'm curious what your opinions are? I've seen a lot of other forums do this and it seems to work nicely. Of course I visit a lot of other forums where bumping an old thread is not frowned upon too. Personally I don't see the problem with it, but I like to follow the rules and all.. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:03 am 
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well, in my own opinion, I think people should stop worrying so much about old thread bumping as long as they have something to contribute.

But, honestly, I don't think even 3 months is long enough, if we make an auto-lock feature, they shouldn't auto-lock till 6 months-1 year after the LAST post, and original author's of the threads should still be able to post with updates and such.

Otherwise, it's not a bad idea if everyone really feels it's neccesary.

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:05 am 
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I dont think enough posts are bumped to make this necessary and after you bump a thread once you learn


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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:13 am 
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elijah wrote:
well, in my own opinion, I think people should stop worrying so much about old thread bumping as long as they have something to contribute.

But, honestly, I don't think even 3 months is long enough, if we make an auto-lock feature, they shouldn't auto-lock till 6 months-1 year after the LAST post, and original author's of the threads should still be able to post with updates and such.

Otherwise, it's not a bad idea if everyone really feels it's neccesary.


Yeah - really I agree with you on this. Leaving a thread open just invites someone to post a reply to it, which is the better of the two options I think. But I still think if it is a rule to not to bump an old thread - why not just auto-lock them? Maybe even a 6 month window from the last reply, or something like that? I would think it could be totally automated from the back-end...

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:59 am 
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yup, sounds good, I think I'll wait for sandy's opinion on this, if he has an opinion(which I'm sure he does).

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:39 am 
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I don't think that old topics should be locked
but I think that a warning when you are about to bump an old topic should be good. like a pop up or something telling you that you are about to bump an old topic.

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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:59 am 
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I'm with olz on this one, a warning is a great idea.

Locking seems a bit extreme. Sometimes people have fresh information to add to old threads. Besides, if you make the time window really short we will suddenly have a lot of longer threads split into several small ones. (What a mess!) And if you make the window really long it will have almost no effect. A warning can have a shorter time window without fragmenting the threads.


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 Post subject: Re: Auto-locking old threads?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:36 am 
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yep, warnings sound good, usually people bump threads without realizing it anyway, it's not because they do it on purpose.

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