Thread necroing and my suggestion..........

TillerTiller Member RarePosts: 6,195
So question, what is considered too old for a thread to continue discussion in and consider it a "necro"? Is it a rule made by each moderator? Is it due to popularity of the discussion? Size of the forums you are posting in? Is there really anything wrong with continuing a conversation in an existing thread that may have been pushed a few pages in rather than clutter up the forum database with more threads on a similar subject?

In some cases you get the whole "there is already a thread on this, use the search"  from people if you post another topic; where again you are breaking these rules of the forum.

case in point this thread

Was that thread too old to continue discussion in? I don't think the person who did it had any intention on trolling anyone with revisiting the conversion. I was going to post in it, but it was of course locked. I could start a new post on this topic, but again, I'm probably breaking some forums rule in doing so.

So my suggestion would be just to have threads auto lock after they drop off 50 pages back AND hit a one year date. If the forum only has 2 pages well then it can't be considered a necro, it's an ongoing discussion. This way we know ---ok, maybe we should just start another discussion thread on this issue and it's not looking like we are creating numerous threads on the same topic because we are scared we are gonna get a warning for necroing. 





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  • MikeBMikeB MMORPG.com Community Manager Queens, NYAdministrator RarePosts: 6,269
    Yeah, that was definitely a necro. The last post was made in September of 2014. Three months is what I would consider the maximum cutoff.

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  • waynejr2waynejr2 West Toluca Lake, CAMember EpicPosts: 7,678
    MikeB said:
    Yeah, that was definitely a necro. The last post was made in September of 2014. Three months is what I would consider the maximum cutoff.

    Why not automated locking of old threads?  I heard that computers are good for automating tasks.

    Optionally, you could change the background color of those threads.

    Optionally optional, you could have a warning telling someone they are about to post a necro and have them confirm the action or cancel.
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