Closing of old topics


Closing of old topics

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Garvin Gray    (2008-07-02)
Closing of old topics

Making a recommendation: Can old topics please not be closed after 60 days?

On a couple of occasions now I have wanted to revive an old thread as it might be relevant now and I get the message that the thread is closed.

Two reasons for wanting to revive an old thread:

1) The past conversation is relevant to current matters and so having the old conversation would reduce people repeating themselves

2) Helps to reduce the number of threads talking about the same item(s).

Please change the current policy.

Normajean Yates    (2008-07-04 16:04:59)
i second that

I think Garvin Gray's suggestion is an excellent one - in fact imho the current policy on this is seriously misguided.

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-07-04 22:50:54)
Closing of old topics

Hi Garvin,

Well, some problems may appear if topics can be reopened whenever.. Mainly, it helps to maintain a chronological order of threads (that will appear below the post preview). Posting links to old topics should be ok IMO, and it is not possible to totally avoid topic repetitions anyway. Maybe I can set the delay to 6 months though, what do you think ?

Normajean Yates    (2008-07-05 20:08:47)
doing both would be an excellent idea

thibault extends closure time to 6 months. Posters would create a new heading saying re:<old topic> and start by giving link to old topic. That should be fine, I think. (in fact this was/is a problem with usenet [newsgroups] - so it is an old problem in a new place :) )

Don Groves    (2008-07-06 09:49:32)
I second this

It is easy to begin a new thread and quote material from a previous thread. I see no reason to change anything and I know Thibault likes to avoid changes ;-)

Thibault de Vassal    (2008-07-11 23:05:32)
closure time

Threads closure time will be extended to 6 months in a few minutes.. let's try :)