Previously we had them set to close after six months of inactivity.
As Doodle resurrects a 5 month old thread, lol. Now that he's broken the ice I can't see anything wrong with bringing an old one back to life especially if there's an update of information about the original subject matter. I, too have inadvertently added to an old thread posting before looking at the original date. If I have a thought in my mind I have to get it down before I forget what I was going to say. If I took time to look at the OP date I'd be lost, lol. There are times during a search where aftyer reading 250 responses I think "ooo, ooo, ooo - I have another answer that I haven't seen. Then the face goes red when I find the original post was 6 years ago hoping I can hit the delete button before I'm taken to the woodshed.
That is it I am buying stock in Tabasco ....:gah:
I don't mind old threads. Some of them have good info that I haven't seen before. Besides that- I get to use the term "Zombie Thread!" One of the coolest terms on the internet! :danceban:
If it's a bad thread that's truly old news & out dated, people get to use cool gifs & images.
You also get to say things like "Die Zombie DIE!!"
To me, it's a Win/Win when someone opens a zombie thread. :danceban:
It's probably better to open an old thread than start a new one with a question that could have been answered with a search.
I occasionally like to see the "pep-pee/poopie" thread.:aargh4: It gives me the chance to make a really snarky post. That just makes my day.:danceban:
If you use the search feature to reopen an old thread you will be chastised for opening an old, or Zombie thread. On the other hand if you do not use the search feature and create a new thread on an old subject it will be instantly pointed out to you that had you used the search function you would have found what you were looking for.
Just accept the fact that someone will take offense to your decision either way and jump in. On and make sure your spelling is correct. Thats like blood in the water for those waiting to strike.
Some old threads reach a conclusion. However over time the information in the thread can change and what was valid 2 years go now maybe incorrect. If while searching you find an old thread and the old data is not valid I will add to the thread and start it like this:
***** Update ********
The data and a brief explanation and as why I am updating it
I find why doing it this way it keeps,the old threads pertinent.
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There are probably at least 100 old threads that should be put into a special "Gems of the Past" forum but
Perhaps, might it be possible, to run a thread in which folks "nominate" old threads for such special treatment.
I can think of a few by Guantes, Janq, Grady, Landric, and many others who have apparently disappeared from here,
yet their contributions would benefit new arrivals.
The admins can set vBulletin to close a thread automatically after a certain amount of days, months and etc.