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Dec 16, 2012 06:34 AM

Need to get rid of all posts over 5 years old

In the world of food, a comment from, say, 2002, is useless. Sooo many of the entries here are extremely dated. I think there should be an arbitrary cut of of perhaps 5 years, and all older posts automatically are discarded.

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  1. Disagree. Fifty year old instructions for making a pot roast are still relevant.

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      1. re: kengk

        Yes, but if you read my latest request for info on emails, you can see that these threads need to be put in "archives" or something after awhile. Its overwhelming .

        1. re: kengk

          I was not actually thinking of recipes because I never use this site for them. They should be in their own special place anyway -- separate from restaurant reviews -- so it would still work for the restaurant reviews.

          1. re: kengk


            it doesn't even have to be a true recipe -- advice about why a cake fell, or how to make xxx, or how to make real pickles...all are wonderful things that don't necessarily have a shelf life.

          2. I agree... I am new to this link and love it, but getting a dozen emails or more daily on one question, even after you have used the information is annoying. I need to find out how to stop the emails from coming after all the info I need is finished. Its nice to be advised you have an email to your question, but not l00 of them.

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            1. re: happygoluckyinoregon

              Until they give you a way of unsubscribing to specific threads, just turn off email notifications, and periodically check your profile page. You can see at a glance whether there is anything new in threads that you have participated in. It is easy to ignore the ones that no longer interest you.

              Other than 4 threads where you ask about turning off emails, you have only asked one cooking question, and that was in a thread started by someone else. In a sense you jumped into an ongoing discussion, one that isn't going to stop just because you got your answer. Email notification may work for some people. It doesn't for me, and I don't think it helps you either.

              1. re: paulj

                I still go back to and use info and ideas from the posts of the much beloved Sam Fujisaka. It would be such a shame to lose those and many (not all!) others.

                1. re: janeh

                  The first thing I thought when I saw this thread is how sad it would be to lose Sam's posts.

                  1. re: James Cristinian

                    YES. I enjoyed a couple of years of Sam, I think. I know I was still new to the board when people had established relationships with him. And when I run into a Sam thread, my heart smiles. What a nice guy.

                    I'm okay with some kind of archive, but a purge? No.

                  2. re: janeh

                    Many of us feel the same way you do...

              2. Another "short shelf life" group of posts would be almost all of the help me select A? posts of the "electric ilk" in cookware.Coffee maker,microwave and dishwasher etc information is out of date in less than two years.

                1. I for one agree when it comes to the review portion of the site. It's fine for recipes or any of the non review boards. It's a personal pet peeve of mine when I see a post with a title "Need recommendations for casual birthday dinner this Sat" you open the link read comments think of a suggestion only to realize the thread is 3-5-12-24-36 months old! It's back to the top of the list because someone not paying attention posts on it.

                  Or what's even better is the same thread is a year old and someone posts " I know this is a little late but next time try...........". If you feel so strong about a place start a new thread don't just post on a stale topic. Just my $ .02

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                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      We just need to pay attention to the original posting date .

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        I disagree. I like getting more info after the fact. I simply use my profile to see replies to my posts instead of the email notifications.

                      2. Deleting years of cooking wisdom and food anthropology is not necessary. The advanced search function on CH allows you to narrow your search to the date frame you want.