Auto-Expiration Of Old Threads...

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  1. DarkWrath

    DarkWrath Active Member

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    I was wondering if there was a system to automatically close a thread if there is no activity to avoid irritating bumps. If there are no replies for 6 months+ the thread to automatically close and a header above OP saying something like this (or something applicable for the thread):
    So what do you guys think?
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    Sounds like a good idea to me, when I read the title I thought you meant that old threads would be deleted which wouldn't be good if they had useful info in them. But I'm pro this idea, it would stop unnecessary bumps.

    However if it does say the thread might contain outdated advice and it doesn't, the reader might start a new, not really needed thread where the same info is given that was in the last one.
  3. Shawa

    Shawa Super Moderator

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    This seems like a fair idea, I think it should just add an [OLD] prefix or something like that. If threads get closed, they're on a much lower priority for searches, leading to duplicate threads (Acording to Skylar).
    Some sort of expiration is a pretty good idea though.
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    SumDaii Active Member

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    That's quite a good idea actualy! I hope bgizzle does this, it'll stop new users from bumping the threads.
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    But your not allowed to bump threads anyway, and the threads will always be available for searching.

    I think it's a good idea.
  6. SkylarEC

    SkylarEC Super Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

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    I don't like this idea. Take this for example:

    A new forum member decided to start building iPhone applications. He decided to follow a guide or tutorial that we have in the developers' fora here. Halfway through, he has a question, but he can't ask it because the thread was autolocked. The user has no choice but to post a new thread. Whereas I'd rather he bump the original thread with the original guide because his question and answer could help the next person that finds that guide.
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    Good point. Unless mods had the power to select certain threads to live forever, but that would probably be too much work.
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    ok so we just need an auto-expiration on the threads that are questions, any guides will be left open.
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    But then again, that guide would be a sticky and stickies would never close.
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    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    Oh yeah, and there's an easy way to do that without manually going through and tagging every single thread in the history of this forum as a guide or a question.

    Good guides aren't always stickied.
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