Why do you let individuals create new restaurant threads when threads already exist? [moved from Ontario board]
[NOTE: We've moved this post from the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927682 -- The Chowhound Team]
If you're willing to defer subjects of the same topic to like threads of the same topic (such as this one), why do you let individuals create new restaurant threads when threads already exist, without locking them?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Different people have different approaches to commenting on restaurants and they are welcome to take those different approaches. Some people are happy to contribute to an existing thread, others prefer to start their own, and either is fine. We don't necessarily want to end up with years-long threads about individual restaurants that are considered the only place people can post significant reports about that restaurant.
News article discussions are generally briefer (in terms of the elapsed time of the discussion, if not in terms of actual number of posts) and fairly similar -- people who start new threads on an article have generally done so not because they consciously decided to start a new thread with a different approach, but because they were unaware of the existing thread.
Having three threads about the same restaurant is absurd, and the information becomes disembodied. It also makes it more difficult to find the information in the first place, especially for new readers. I agree that over the years, it's a good idea for new threads to be created when the information becomes stale, but within the span of 6 months, there's no sense in having multiple threads on the same subject. It's the same reason that you locked the thread on the Globe and Mail article because another one already existed.
I think if you were to poll your users, a significant majority would agree that multiple threads should not exist for the same restaurant. There's really no reason for it, and it's annoying. There's only a few users who do it, so it's not going to affect that many of your users.
Well, there are the often-cited difficulties with the site search engine, so the poster may not know there are other threads on the subject. There are also spelling issues for searches. Often people, myself included, don't proofread the titles. Even if a spelling correction is suggested in the replies, nothing happens to correct the error.