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Lack of Interest [Suggestion] Old Thread Warning

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Shamil, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I don't know yet how XF functions and as such, however, some board administrators may consider old thread warnings to be useful, i.e, the user is alerted that the thread is old.

    One way this could be implemented would be to overlay a div over the post-box with the warning and a button which would dismiss the overlay and allow the user to continue their post into the thread.
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  2. feldon30

    feldon30 Well-Known Member

    or a cobweb graphic.
    Eriksrocks, TrixieTang and vrtsolus like this.
  3. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I would think that this would be a better suited as a plugin. I had such a plugin on my forum, but members got tired of it and ignored it, so I removed it.
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  4. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I had a similar plugin on my site (we had a rule against bumping old threads) so the warning displayed when the thread was older than the bump date.

    It was useful :) be great to see it as default functionality, but a plugin is fine too.
  5. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    This would be better suited as a plugin.
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  6. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    While I cannot think of any forum owner that would argue against having the feature available, I would not consider it highly important and yes a plugin might be best.

    Most of our threads which are truly time sensitive (classifieds) are dealt with using other methods so they cannot be bumped.
  7. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Definitely a useful feature, have it as a plugin on vB3.8, bumped up old threads can be very annoying.
  8. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I would never use it, simply because I don't mind members bumping old threads.
    But I know alot of admins do mind, so yeah, a plugin.
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  9. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Even if it's a 8 year old thread, and some newbie posts 'Yeah, I agree' and the thread then runs completely out of hand?
  10. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    That is quite a different story, and mods take care of those, of course.

    But for the mostpart, in my 6 years of forum experience, I've never minded members bumping old discussions.
    New eyes and fresh perspective generates more discussion, and the thread takes on a new life.
  11. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I'd personally rather have someone open a new thread on the same topic, than having a 4-5 year old thread be bumped.
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  12. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    I've seen forums close threads when they get to a certain age without any replies (like a few weeks or months), which seems to work really well. :)
  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Duplicate threads? Naw, get the old one going again is my motto. :)
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  14. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Aren't you always going to get duplicate threads anyway? But to each his own of course, I also encourage making a new thread when we're talking about several years old (unless it's a sticky). But it also depends on the uniqueness of a thread...
  15. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I am sure there are some good answers to this but unless it is a classified ad why would there be objections to replying in an old thread?
  16. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Several years old is, of course, a different story.
    But really, how often does that happen?
  17. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

  18. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Spam Cleaner, reCAPTCHA, etc, etc. Bots and spammers are becoming much easier to handle these days ;)
  19. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I should have said months too, I think 3-4 months after the last post is pretty old to still post in if it's not a sticky. And most of the time nothing interesting is posted, it's often a newbie saying something obvious, and then others start commenting him/her for doing that. Most people just don't like old threads getting bumped.

    No it doesn't happen very often, I'm guessing a few times every month or so.
  20. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    See I don't even consider it an old thread if it's only a few months old.

    I'm thinking that our definition of "old", when it comes to threads, differs. :)

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