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Apr 3, 2007 09:27 AM

C'mon, how about locking old posts


If there's some religious opposition to locking old threads after some period of inactivity (90 days? 6 months?), how about at least popping up some sort of scary dialog when someone hits a reply on an old post warning them that it's X years old and offering to let them create a new thread with a similar title?

Old threads have value and I can even see value in being able to associate them somehow with new threads on the same subject and vice versa, but I can't see anything but confusion coming from being able to reply in the normal way to an old post.

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  1. Good point. I agree. Imagine this would be another hefty task for the programmers. How about just a better search engine while we wait.

    1. Sorry to disagree, I think keeping current is easy, I find it easy to know how old of a post I am looking at and replying to.

      I cannot see how it is really relevant either, unless it refers to a specific date, as in the "Red Hook Ball Fields" that recently revived. ANd that one was real easy to spot.

      If Our Dear Programmers at Chow have a choice, I vote they devote their time to projects other than this....intra email, perhaps (hint)?

      1. I agree. I have gone to threads that have a new post only to find that someone is responding to a question from 2005. the other day, one person dug up four old posts on the Tri-state area board. I just decided that I wouldn't look at any of the threads on which this person was the last reply because it looked like they had just done a search without regards as to when the posts were started (and abandoned).

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        1. re: magfitz

          I agree with Quine. The complaint of older posts re-surfacing can be dealt with by noticing the posting dates, which is a good idea anyway.

          But a strength of an online informational forum (compared to something like a chat room) is that some of this information is durable, and when threads have substance, they can carry on for a long time and continue to serve the community.

        2. Couldn't agree more. If you go on to the International Board there is a response to a post recommending restaurants in Barcelona that is from 1999! This cannot be considered current info by any stretch of the imagination. Then again, the International board does seem to be full of discussions that would be better off on the UK/Spain/Italy boards...
          Yes, Quine, people should look but right now they don't seem to be doing that.

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          1. re: ali patts

            If you see threads on the International board that belong on a regional board, it would certainly be helpful if posters used the "Report" function to notify the moderators. We do monitor the board and move the ones that we catch - but we may not see everything.


          2. I agree wholeheartedly. Sometimes I don't realize how old a thread is until I've responsed. This resurrection function only serves to clutter up the boards and add to the serious decline in the signal-to-noise ratio on this web site.

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            1. re: Ellen

              I disagree, unless old threads are used, reposted to with new info/insights/opinions; the boards are cluttered up with new threads starting re-asking the old thread's topic.

              And, It is MUCH easier, to me, to read all of the hounder's opinions in one older and albeit longer thread (and see how things develop, grow, change) than to do multiple searches and open muliple threads. This is especially true, when one is searching for a place to eat in an area, or best of in an area, for example.

              1. re: Quine

                Exactly (re: Quine, Apr 17, 2007). In one area, old postings have limited value: dated restaurant comments containing current, topical reports. But even postings on restaurants can have durable value, if they include content like background, neighborhood, history. Many other kinds of postings also appear here: about food, regional specialties, drinks, etc. This raises the Frequently Asked Questions problem. One very respected archive points out the value of looking up a frequent question instead of asking it for the ten thousandth time (taking pot luck with whoever is on hand now to answer it). Veteran chowhounders have done a service in the past by directing such questions to past threads that answer them better.