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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 31st Dec 18, 4:28 PM
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    Resurrecting old threads
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    • 31st Dec 18, 4:28 PM
    Resurrecting old threads 31st Dec 18 at 4:28 PM
    Periodically an old inactive thread on MSE is resurrected, in virtually every case the post either adds nothing to what's been said earlier, or should really be a new thread in it's own right.

    Does the software behind the forum provide the functionality to automatically close threads which have seen no posts for a certain amount of time (maybe 12 months), and if so could this be implemented?
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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 31st Dec 18, 4:35 PM
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    • 31st Dec 18, 4:35 PM
    There is a process of locking old threads , I'm not sure of the threshold or if it's automatically done
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    • PDC
    • By PDC 31st Dec 18, 4:49 PM
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    • 31st Dec 18, 4:49 PM
    From what I've seen its automated spam posts mostly, these generally get removed in a day or two and the thread disappears again - That is unless another member posts something about 'You do know this thread is two years old...' followed by someone else posting without realising its an old thread, and then someone else, which then means the thread comes up again in the new posts section

    I did wonder about the closed threads thing though as I've wanted to post a follow up to something in older threads myself a few times but normally I've found I can't as the threads are closed.
    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 31st Dec 18, 4:52 PM
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    • 31st Dec 18, 4:52 PM
    I'll personally lock old threads if they become "spam magnets"

    I think sometimes the robotic scripts send up on particular boards and threads
    I'm the Board Guide of the Referrers ,Telephones, Pensions , Shop Don't drop ,over 50's , Boost your income and Discount Code boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum runnning smoothly .However, please remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
    • JCS1
    • By JCS1 31st Dec 18, 5:46 PM
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    • 31st Dec 18, 5:46 PM
    There is a process of locking old threads , I'm not sure of the threshold or if it's automatically done
    Originally posted by Browntoa
    There was an 8 year old one resurrected on the Old Style Forum the other day, which implies the process needs reviewing.
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 31st Dec 18, 10:27 PM
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    I thought they automatically got locked after 2 years of inactivity but it must have changed if an 8 year old one was posted on.
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    • venison
    • By venison 1st Jan 19, 11:24 PM
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    • 1st Jan 19, 11:24 PM
    I've seen one or two old threads recently, one I think was well over two years old, perhaps if people see them they should recommend that the new poster starts their own thread and then points out the resurrected thread to the relevant BG?
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    • john539
    • By john539 2nd Jan 19, 4:19 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 19, 4:19 PM
    Periodically an old inactive thread on MSE is resurrected, in virtually every case the post either adds nothing to what's been said earlier, or should really be a new thread in it's own right.

    Does the software behind the forum provide the functionality to automatically close threads which have seen no posts for a certain amount of time (maybe 12 months), and if so could this be implemented?
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    It does not matter that old threads are resurrected.

    Old threads with no new posts are automatically locked after 2 years.

    Unfortunately MSE decided to implement system which locks threads which is unnecessary, because a few pedantic people cannot handle shock of seeing an old thread.

    There are plenty of reasons why it can be useful to post to an old thread.

    The fantastic thing about MSE is that it has maintained the old forums and threads back to beginning.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 7th Jan 19, 12:40 PM
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    • 7th Jan 19, 12:40 PM
    Thanks for the question!

    Old threads are currently locked after a set number of months' inactivity.

    An exception to this is threads that are linked to in Martin/MSE curated books e.g., Thrifty Ways for Modern Days based on the Old Style board.

    We do want to encourage engagement on the Forum so provided posts on old threads are genuine and meaningful that's fine.

    Andrea
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