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I think all closing of thread her maybe is one of the reason that we don't have so many active users and new ones.

I mostly thinking of the "automatic closing", I don't c one good reason for that!
Especially for new members it is much easier to comment  in an old  thread, then start a new. 

This "automatic closing" was in my opinion maybe the most stupid decision ever made here.

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Salty Dog

Very few threads are closed by staff. Most closed by staff are when the OP ask to have it close. Even then, we don't always close them.

Ninety-nine percent are closed by the forum software because they haven't had a post in the past 6 months.

If a member has a problem with a thread being closed. All they have to do is ask a staff member about it.

If it's an old thread, they will usually open it or ask you to start a new one so it will be more recent.

 

 

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I have no issue with closing older threads with no postings over an extended period.  I realize a new member may want to make a post in the thread, but realistically, things change so frequently that even six months later it’s probably best to begin again.  Also, new members don’t really seem to want to use the archives (closed threads for the most part). It’s more common for a new member to want to ask questions with the latest up to date info.  
 

A for instance is the member planning a move here in 2021 and wants info about schools.  It’s a common topic and has many LinC members who love to use the opportunity to boast about the school(s) their children attend.  This new member made reference to reading the archives and ask for more recent info.

I don’t see how the closing of older threads has lead to a membership decline.  

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SkyMan
6 hours ago, HTM said:

This "automatic closing" was in my opinion maybe the most stupid decision ever made here.

I consider it a good idea.  If a thread hasn't been active for 6 months, how relevant is it in regards to discussion material?  Useful for  info of course which is why it is still there.  As Salty said, if there is something you have a burning desire to add to an old topic, you can certainly ask for it to be unlocked unless it was closed for cause.  And if you're too shy to ask a mod, you start a new topic with a link to the old, in fact, you can link to a particular reply or even better, quote it.  

One modus of some trolls is to dredge up old topics to add some drivel only to get reactions from those that may have posted in the thread before.  Locking topics prevents that.

As for turning away new membership because topics get autolocked after 6 months, really?  Do people really care about it?  "I was going to join that forum but they lock topics that have been dead 6 months so I said, no way."

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2 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

I consider it a good idea.  If a thread hasn't been active for 6 months, how relevant is it in regards to discussion material?  Useful for  info of course which is why it is still there.  As Salty said, if there is something you have a burning desire to add to an old topic, you can certainly ask for it to be unlocked unless it was closed for cause.  And if you're too shy to ask a mod, you start a new topic with a link to the old, in fact, you can link to a particular reply or even better, quote it.  

One modus of some trolls is to dredge up old topics to add some drivel only to get reactions from those that may have posted in the thread before.  Locking topics prevents that.

As for turning away new membership because topics get autolocked after 6 months, really?  Do people really care about it?  "I was going to join that forum but they lock topics that have been dead 6 months so I said, no way."

Its relevant for maybe new member was not here a year ago, and also relevant for new tings happen all the time and maybe its according to old post in that thread.  And for ME I dont have a problem, easy for ME to get it open.  Your reply proven exactly what I saying, you need to know and understand the forum to do this= we dont want new members. The attitude of some of us old member also get new members to f.. of!  like "we already explain that before search!" instead of  helping them whit an answer and give a link to an old thread, but that maybe already locked.... Then the next is to tell him start a new...
The tread that bn locket by a moderator is something totally different.

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SkyMan
6 minutes ago, HTM said:

get new members to f.. of!  like "we already explain that before search!" instead of  helping them

Do you see replies like this on this forum?  Ever?  I don't read every thread but if I saw this I'd report it and I don't think it would happen again.  The closest I think I've seen to that is "I think there was a discussion on this a while back."  And then the member posting that usually  comes back with a link to the old thread and some helpful info.  Where do you see this happening on LinC?  Maybe you're thinking of some other forum.

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6 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

Do you see replies like this on this forum?  Ever?

yes!

 

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SkyMan
3 minutes ago, HTM said:

yes!

 

I haven't in a long time.  If you see them, report them.  That's what drives away newbs.  Locking threads?  Not a 1.

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RogerDuMond

I think the reason is that much of the information discussed here is time sensitive, so it is better to have a fresh question asked to get up to date information.

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On 11/19/2019 at 7:21 AM, RogerDuMond said:

I think the reason is that much of the information discussed here is time sensitive, so it is better to have a fresh question asked to get up to date information.

You can still do that in an old thread, and easy Quote things for updating.

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Salty Dog

I changed it to 270 days (9 Months)...

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SkyMan
1 hour ago, HTM said:

You can still do that in an old thread, and easy Quote things for updating.

Yes, but if you add newer info to an old thread that may have many pages, you also pull up all the old info.  A newb who hasn't read the thread before might start reading through all the incorrect info and perhaps start responding to that obsolete info.  I really don't see the problem with letting sleeping dogs lie and started a fresh discussion with current info.

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Headshot

What I would like to see is the pinned topics not be closed. There is a lot of good information in the Where to Find forums that people can no longer comment on. That ensures that current information will either not be posted or will be posted in scattered locations.

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I’m a new member that joined this year and don’t think that this forum is dying or is too strict on closing topics. 

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JamesMusslewhite

   I just went to FEED to check under 'content I Started' only to find every thread had been closed? Now that sounds like a real sound business model for a successful growing forum site - threads with a parking meter attached. So threads not replied to, say in six months - are permanently-expired, hit with a gag-order and dragged to the junk yard, Interesting. I never realized the practice used by most successful forums  of either using a warning banner allowing a member to actually decide if they want to open an older thread. or simply allowing older threads to be left alone so forum members can perhaps still use of them at a later date, was wrong.

   I guess I learned something new today, like you boys best never operate a savings and lone...  :biggrin_01:

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