I responded to a request to find out where the best pizza in toronto was. after I responded I see the question was asked 4 years ago???
The person who asked the question no longer is a subscriber.
I'm sure if I went through the others there will be places that arent even around anymore!
I guess maybe Chowhound is short staffed???
Short staffed in what sense? Why should Chow get rid of this information? As far as I know, they keep old threads around as they can be valuable sources of knowledge and snapshots of the history of restaurants and food instead of limiting strictly to current information. I can, via search, watch the rise and fall of certain Toronto pizza places, for example.
In most cities, the vast majority of restaurants aren't around for five years so information in older threads are mostly pointless.
If you want to save the information, lock the thread but don't allow people to resurrect.
For example, I see a thread on "Moving to Federal Hill - need help" and I open it only to find that the thread was started more than a year ago and someone decided it's a good thing to write, "Welcome to the neighborhood." It's a complete waste of time and shouldn't be encouraged.
If you look at that thread more carefully you'll notice that, while it did begin back in 2005, it has a LOT of posts from 2006, 2007, 2008 and right into 2009 up to the present. As far as I'm concerned this "living organism" of a thread represents all that is RIGHT and BEST about Chowhound as a site, that shows you not only what is currently in vogue, but how you got here as well.
Yeah, it is a bit disconcerting to find a topic that is you don't realize is years old, but usually they've had a recent post so they come up again. On balance, they're more helpful than not. If you want to be sure what you're dealing with, every post has a date on it. It takes a but longer but can save you some aggravation.