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Sep 29, 2010 10:24 AM

Why locked threads not in My Posts?

Often locked threads contain important info, so why aren't they saved to user's My Posts listings?

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  1. I considered starting a topic on this, did a search, and found this thread.

    I find it annoying that locked threads disappear from my profile. Annoying and nearly pointless. Yes, I know that I can search out said locked thread and then save it. Problem is, I sometimes don't realize the thread has been locked until searching for it a while later. Then the issue becomes whether I remember the thread's title, which board it was posted in, etc. Often I don't. Often enough, I'm looking for a specific post (usually because they contained a point of interest relevant to a current thread or maybe a weblink I wanted to look at again), unsure of exactly which thread it was posted to, only to realize later (after giving up) that the thread was locked and gone. It just makes finding old threads and posts much harder than it has to be.

    And to what end? I suspect that the point of filtering locked threads out of the 'My Posts' list is to not draw attention to the fact that the thread was locked. But come on - it's not a very well kept secret that the mods on CH are quite active and that a lot of threads get locked. By the time a poster has enough open threads to find the 'My Posts' list useful, they already know this.

    So why make things so difficult for people just trying to find an old post?

    Does this bother anyone else?

    6 Replies
    1. re: cowboyardee

      Does this bother anyone else?
      heck yes. and it's not just that they disappear from your profile, they also become *unsearchable* on need to use an external search engine and do a Chowhound-specific search. it's a MAJOR nuisance.

      1. re: cowboyardee

        Just a minor bother. I'm coming up on 5 years here, been deleted a gazillion times in my early years, but now I'm happy to comport with the rules, finally. I rarely get deleted now partly because I am dull as a mud fence and I'm too old for bar fights. So when a post of mine disappears, I sometimes learn that the thread was locked or deleted and it was not completely my fault. I am however still on a short tether with the mods, and wherever I go they soon follow, so some threads lock or are deleted because I show up. Sort of like the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. But that's OK.

        1. re: Veggo

          I'm not complaining about posts getting deleted or threads being locked. Just the pointless and annoying filtering of said threads out of the 'my posts' section. I'm fairly sure the forum settings could easily be otherwise.

          As moderation strategies go, it's the equivalent of a cat digging up my flower garden in a half-assed attempt at burying a turd.

          1. re: cowboyardee

            I have 97 pages of history that was not locked or deleted, more than I would ever sift through. The history I really want to find, (and I do with some frequency), is never on a thread that wandered into never-never land and was locked. C'hound deliberately wants to thwart or otherwise limit visitation to the locked thread graveyard, and I'm all for it. There is always fresh material tomorrow, and every new tide will carry in some flotsam.

            1. re: Veggo

              "C'hound deliberately wants to thwart or otherwise limit visitation to the locked thread graveyard, and I'm all for it."
              Why though? I can understand not much caring either way, but what possible upside is there to you in being thwarted?

              Or, looking at it from the other perspective, then why not just delete all locked threads after a week or so?*** That would more effectively limit visitation to the graveyard. Keeping em readable but making you use an external search engine seems an odd and inelegant compromise to me, keeping threads visible not only to people like me who might resort to google to search them out for some reason, but also to CH first timers who stumble onto this site while broadly searching the web about a specific issue.

              ***I'm not in favor of this, but it is the reasonable solution if you're dead set on sweeping locked threads under the rug.

          2. re: Veggo

            >>> so some threads lock or are deleted because I show up.

            Nah. Paranoia.

            The mods have better things to do than follow posters.

            Stay away from Not about Food ... those tend to get ... well, you know.

            Keep it about food.

            After reading Site Talk, I think there are few people who don't get deleted. And, in general, some people are attracted to the type of topics that get locked, like moths to flames.