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Jul 25, 2006 04:57 AM

Old Topics brought back to life.

This has been happening recently on the LA board. People have been restarting older topics, 2-5 years old. Why even bother? What if the mods locked all threads after 12 months?

Restarting older topics don't really add much. Things do change quickly, especially in LA.

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  1. There's an especially ridiculous example of this right now, where Dave Feldman posted a question in 1999(!) and someone just replied to ask the useless question "Isn't Zankou Armenian?" I'd guess that Dave has found his birthday restaurant by now.

    1. Another topic is Tito's tacos brought back to life from 2001. The thing about that is that there was a recent post about Tito's comparing it to Cinco De Mayo. Why didn't that person reply about Tito's in that thread?

      Also a very good poster, Wonginator replied to a thread from 2002!!!! Why bother??? Just start a new thread with your review.

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      1. re: reality check

        I'm not sure it was him, but a poster there just unearthed the mystery and I've almost been caught by it too...

        The 'problem' is that the search function defaults to relevance instead of date. In fact, the date in the search fuction results is REALLY small. Like I said, I once almost got caught responding to a post from 5 years ago myself until I noticed a reference to a long closed restaurant and realized the date of the post.

        Since then I've searched and sorted by date. Perhaps that should be the new default.


        1. re: Dommy

          I understand about the search function but if you're going to post a review, which is what Wonginator did, why not just start a new topic? Or look more carefully at the date of the thread.

      2. I disagree. I think the resurrection of old topics is a good thing, because lots of very chowish wisdom was imparted there. If a place is now closed or has gone downhill, that's where it should be indicated, to collate all the knowledge in one place.

        Kudos to Chowhound for breathing life into discussions we thought were long gone! :-)

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        1. re: Covert Ops

          Sorry but I think restarting an old topic is just a waste. If a place has closed it's much better to start a new thread for example

          Tito's Is now Closed Or Tito's has moved. Or Tito's has greatly improved.

          Posting something like that in an older topic will get lost, especially if that topic had a lot of posts.

        2. The ultimate irony would be to see this thread revived 5 years from now. Hello future chowhounders!!!!

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          1. re: fascfoo

            Okay, I'm sorry, but that's really funny!! Helllllooooooo from the past future chowhounders!!

            Seriously though, why get so uptight about it? There was a thread a while back that several of us responded to before someone realized that it was an old topic! It was just a mistake, but still brought up some new, good points. Besides, it's not like you can delete your post after you've posted. And weren't there phantom old posts popping up without anyone posting new to it?

            1. re: Katie Nell

              I learned from Melanie Wong that the old phantom posts that appear occasionally with no new info probably had inappropriate additions that were deleted by the mods.

              1. re: Katie Nell

                "It was just a mistake, but still brought up some new, good points. "

                Why not start a new, more recent thread? It would get the point across just as well.

                1. re: reality check

                  True, but I think Katie's point is that that old post was a catalyst for those new conversations - without it, those people wouldve never been inspired to have those thoughts in the first place.

            2. If it's a time sensitive question, then it is pointless to resuscitate.

              If it's a question that is still relevant, post away. I find it interesting to see how some things don't change much.