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Feb 10, 2012 08:45 AM

Old discussion etiquette question

Although I'm not really a newbie here, I've never spent a lot of time here until more recently, so I'm not as familiar with all the nuances of what's considered proper etiquette on this site. I had some questions I'd like to ask, but some of the posts I've seen lately have me wondering... what is the appropriate thing to do when you want to ask a questionthat has been discussed previously, but you want updates? Should you bump the old thread or start a new one?

While I suppose this could be necessary on any board, I'm especially interested in the local boards. I've seen threads for "the best pizza in XXX town" or "where can I find such-and-such in this city," but some of them have very old information. Some of those types of threads in my area are full of suggestions for places that have changed hands or have closed, so if someone simply read them for answers, they would not be getting good advice.

I've seen some people get quite upset when newbies don't follow the "accepted" guidelines so I don't want to make the same mistakes.

So, hypothetically: if I'm traveling to Kalamazoo, and search for discussions about "best burgers in Kalamazoo," find one, but all the posts are from 2007... should I bump that discussion and ask for updates, or start a new discussion?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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  1. You can do either. More than anything, it's most helpful when you're specific. So if you bump the old thread, or start a new one, telling folks what has piqued your interest, and what questions you still have is most likely to get you helpful responses. For example--it seems that Kalamazoo Burgers is really popular. Is that still the best? What about the best burger place with humanely raised happy cows/ good beer/ beet slaw/ what have you.

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    1. re: rose water

      On the New Jersey board about once a week somebody posts a question asking about "Portuguese food in Newark" but you can't really blame them because they always throw in a specific question that is different, like they don't want seafood, or need a place that is open on Mondays, or has a banquet room, or whatever. Not the same post even though the title is the same.

    2. My preference is for folks to bump old threads as this "proves" they've done their research first rather than quickly post their question without regard for what already exists. Why reinvent the wheel each time?

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      1. re: HDinCentralME

        Or start a new thread and simply provide links to the old threads you found that were on point.

        1. re: Servorg

          That's what I prefer. I hate when people bump old restaurant threads (3yr+).

          1. re: Servorg

            This is what I'd suggest, too. I think people tend to be more helpful, especially with questions that are often repeated, when the OP has done some research. Adding on to an old thread makes it confusing when people don't notice the date, add on, and it becomes a jumbled mess.

            1. re: chowser

              Thanks everyone - sounds like creating a new thread while linking to posts to show I did do research is the best way to go, and it makes sense to me!