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daveporcelan

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:01 pm    Post subject: Locking old Topics
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Every time an old thread is wakened we go through the same responses.

It is like ibmmainframes 'groundhog day'.

They are berated with a host of nasty responses:
'Do you think Joe has been waiting 3 years for your response?'
'You have been on this site for 6 years, you should know better.'
'Start a new thread with a link to this one.'

Why is a new thread linking to an old one any better than a new entry in the old thread?

Is there anyway to have the site lock a thread after six months (or a year) of in-activity?

This would take care of all concerns.

Just my opinion on the matter.

Ironically, the thread I recently brought this up on was locked by the moderator. Just a little too late. icon_confused.gif

I am welcome intelligent debate on this never ending issue.
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enrico-sorichetti

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Locking old Topics
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Frankly it bothers me when somebody resurrects an old topic with something like
Quote:
me too... blah blah blah


but i can bear it ( like in the case You are talking about ) when the post brings something new for the solution.
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Rohit Umarjikar

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:45 pm    Post subject:
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Why is a new thread linking to an old one any better than a new entry in the old thread?

Because,
1. Members of this forum are then not restricted to share their knowledge
in such situations as the old problem can be current one for them and
they may have better way of doing things than what was suggested in
older posts.
2. The forum knowledge base would certainly increase and guests will
have more options/solutions to the same problem they looking for.
3. This is the latest example of having multiple solutions to the same problem
4. Sometimes user may wants to refer the old posts in their
problem/requirement questions as they may seek suggestions or
questions on the solution given in the older posts.

Older posts , I agree to be locked as they would ideally should not be edited if we allow to refer the older links to the new posts(which is currently the case is). Locking old thread was raised before but I am not sure what was the conclusion then.
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Locking old Topics
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daveporcelan wrote:
Every time an old thread is wakened we go through the same responses.

It is like ibmmainframes 'groundhog day'.

...


I'm just absolutely sure I read this exact thing somewhere recently.
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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Locking old Topics
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I think different places on the internet look at the issue in different ways.

On the Mainframe fora it seems that we rely on the TS/OP to test proposals against their situation. Without the test, any suggestion could be no more than a pile of pooh. This was suggested to me by Dick Scherrer when I first signed up.

Elsewhere, different views are taken, that updating or adding a new answer is a good thing, even though no-one necessarily verifies the answer directly.

As to locking topics, with no actual means of "closure", 95% of the site just looks "locked".
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