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Jul 13, 2012 11:38 AM

Why don't people pay attention to thread dates.....?????

On my local board I just saw someone respond to a thread that someone posted about moving to my state and what are some of the better dining towns in this state as that would play into thier consideration on where to move. Someone responded today to this inquiry which was originally made in 2009!! Does the poster today really think the people have been waiting to move for 3 years till they get the perfect response??

Why don't people pay attention to details??

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  1. For the same reason they don't use the search function or even scroll down to see what's already been posted, and ask the same questions over and over and over..... or use a spell checker....

    This should probably be on Site Talk.

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    1. re: acgold7

      LOL I didn't know there was a site talk board!! Did I just violate my own rant?

    2. Updated info is sometimes useful for future readers...

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        1. re: CallAnyVegetable

          Yes, and prevents a proliferation of threads all about the exact same place.

        2. Chowhound isn't a question and answer service, here to help only the person who asks a question. Our goal for Chowhound is to create a resource of use to everybody, including posters who may just read along. While an answer may not help the original poster on the thread, it will likely help the many people who use Chowhound today, or find Chowhound via a search engine in the future.

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          1. re: The Chowhound Team

            That explains why the Chowhound Team allows people to comment on old threads and answer old questions and the explanation makes sense. It's a reasonable policy.

            But it doesn't explain why someone feels compelled to answer an old question posed in an old thread.

            The OP isn't wondering about a post that says "I know this thread is old, but others interested in new information might like to know about Cafe ABC." The OP is wondering why someone reads "I'll be in Los Angeles this coming weekend, where should I eat?" and decides to respond, as if the poster is coming back.

            In other words, it makes sense that it's allowable to respond to an old thread. It doesn't make as much sense as to why people do it.

          2. Well, I've been a part of Chowhound since 2003, so I personally love seeing my old posts reactivated with current or new information.

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              I agree, to a point. It's troublesome when the reviving is done by someone who clearly hasn't bothered to read the previous posts and merely submits something that has been asserted several times before.

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  I agree.

                  But there is a difference between having an old review brought back to the top of the board with new information and someone responding to a specific, time-pegged question from years gone by. I like to stuff I've written become relevant again, too. (Rice in a burrito anyone?)

                  At least that's how I see the question posed in the original post of this thread.

                2. I enjoy seeing posts revived about relevant sitations or places. Seeing how certain restaurants etc. have progressed over the years. However when someone posts " Looking for an Itailan Restaurant for Dinner Tonight in the Edison NJ area...April 7th 2010".....and someone responds today "I know a good place Tony's on Park Ave"....July 13, 2012......what good is that doing anyone? If Tony's is such a good place start a thread about your experience(s) there....but just tagging onto a thread that's two years old just annoys me.

                  Like I said on the NJ board today a person was looking to relocate to NJ and wanted to know area's for hot spots for dining...this was going to factor in their decision making process....good for them. Someone responds today giving them suggestions.....but the thread is 3 years old. If you love where you live because the dining is so great start a new thread and write to your hearts content.......but why respond to a question that is clearly past it's point of usefulness. Just my $.02 (Oh I also agree with MGZ). Happy chowin peeps !!!

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                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Threads are read by many, many people in addition to the original poster. So information about Italian Restaurants in Edison NJ is still useful, even if that one poster has already made their reservations.

                    Sometimes it might make more sense to start another thread, but especially for new people, it can seem more welcoming to answer a question with a recommendation than to dive right in with a new thread. We want people to feel welcome to post here in a variety of ways.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      and if someone wanted to know that today, they'd be lambasted by folks for not doing a search, reading and contributing to the old thread. I've seen it happen.

                      1. re: wyogal

                        "and if someone wanted to know that today, they'd be lambasted by folks for not doing a search, reading and contributing to the old thread."

                        Exactly! Many times it is a no-win situation.

                        1. re: Fowler

                          I agree. Questions are often 'answered' by someone reprimanding and suggesting that the poster should perform a search to get their answer.