I don't really like long threads simply because I don't have the time to read through hundreds or thousands of posts. I don't think other people want to read through them either. Do people use the search function to find what they need within the thread?
One solution for question threads could be to have the highest voted answer displayed under post #1. I have requested that functionality.
Where there are thousands of replies, is there a significant load on the database when people navigate around in and reply to that thread?
Is there an argument for splitting the thread up? We currently start a new thread after 1,000 posts and close the old one with forward and backward links so people can navigate through if they want.
Problem is that it's a manual operation taking up the moderators' time and we end up with several closed threads covering the same topic. People can't quote posts in the closed threads, of course.
which is part 8, so over 8,000 replies to the original topic spread out over 8 threads.
How do you manage hugely long threads? Or do you just let them run?