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Nov 23, 2009 11:17 AM

Resurrection: old zombie threads come back to life

I have noticed that old threads from several years ago get brought back to life with increasing frequency on the LA board. I'd guess that the bringer of life did a search and the thread came up and they added a reply, not noticing that the thread was ancient. Then the thread appears to be active as it will show up as having new posts. Often times people reply to the OP and then someone will poitn out that the OP's post was from months or years ago.

Much of the original threads often have stale or outdated information, but this isn't apparent if you don't look closely at the dates.

Has chowhound thought about prohibiting adding replies to a thread (locking it) once it has been stale for a period of time? like 6 months or 1 year? people can always link but the current situation creates quite a mishmash and raises the amount of "noise" in the "signal to noise" ratio Jim used to refer to.

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    1. This is an example of one that is 7 1/2 years old:

      I can't help but thinking it's mostly coming from all the subject-related topics that are automatically showing at the side and bottom of pages. It can be helpful or annoying. My guess is that the 'powers that be' think it's helpful. Maybe it's easier than searching? Could be?

      I just find can't help but feel it adds lots of unnecessary usage to the site when a poster doesn't realize they're answering a somewhat time-sensitive question for someone from almost eight years ago. Sometimes these old posts do get new discussions going, but it just seems to be so much extra chatter a lot of the time.

      That's my $.02 and I'm sticking to it.

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      1. re: Midlife

        This usually happens when Google leads a poster to the site. That seems to be the case in that thread, although the poster who resurrected the thread was probably a shill and we've removed the post. Unfortunately, it now looks like it was resurrected by another poster, but we hate to remove someone's on topic thoughts just because the thread is old, as long as the topic matter is still relevant.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Is there a time limit on the age of posts that show below in "site talk board discussions" or to the side under "related"?