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Why do old topics come back?

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In the old days, I used to read each board from the top, till I came to the messages I'd already read. Now it seems that old posts sometimes come back to the front of the list. What's going on there? Just curious.

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  1. A new post on an old thread will bump it back up to the top. That's a feature common to many message boards that made it into the new software.

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    1. re: Bob Martinez

      Except that I just noticed the same thing that Kagey's talking about on General Topics. Several VERY old threads (re: vanilla) have shown up as recent threads. But they definitely don't have anything new added to them.

    2. I saw the thread about vanilla on the Home Cooking board too. No post had been added to it in over a year yet it appeared near the very top.

      What gives?

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      1. re: Peter

        Maybe someone replied to the thread recently, but the thread was moderated? So, it's had recently activity that was subsequently deleted?

        ~TDQ

        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          That's a good theory I'd thought of but didn't say as much -- I can't imagine what could have been said on a post about the best brand of vanilla that would have been deleted!

          "All you Vanilla lovers suck! Chocolate's the ONLY way to go!!"

          ??

          ;)

          1. re: Peter

            Vanilla gets such a bad rap. How would you like people to call you "plain" all the time!

            Yeah, I think it's unlikely, too. But, the only plausible explanation I could think of.

            ~TDQ

      2. This had me confused, too. Notice at the top of the page under the name of the board you have a "view by" option. Either by latest post or date started. Click on "date started" and things will show the way they used to.

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        1. re: Bob Brooks

          Nah, I *like* seeing it sorted by latest reply -- that way I don't have to go looking for what has replies -- it's all just sorted to the top. Except for when year-old topics are also mysteriously sorted to the top. ;)

          1. re: Peter

            You both make really good points. Oh the possibilities! What to do...