Necro posts?

Keranov

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Necro posting is basically reviving a dead thread which hasn't received any answers for a long time. How do you feel about these necro posts?

If it was up to me, I would allow the members to do this type of posting only if the post is useful, adding an actual value to the thread and is helpful. But I wouldn't like spammy threads to be revived.
 

Jason

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I don't like them too much because often the original posters are gone.
 

Ash

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I wouldn't have any problem with it as long as they are actually contributing to the discussion and not posting something stupid. If they are making one or two-word responses to a thread that hasn't been posted in years then I wouldn't allow that. But if it's a good contribution to the discussion then it's fine with me.
 

Jerlene

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I usually allow it if the response is on topic and answers the original post directly. Basically, I'll let it go if it's relevant to the discussion.
Sometimes if the thread is a decade old and the topic is still relevant, I'll close that one and open a new one.
 

xXInfectedXx

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I'm neither against or for this idea. I would allow this ONLY if they add something useful to the topic, not something which been repeated various times as this just creates spam. On the other hand, if someone creates an Necro Posts and quotes a orginial poster from a topic 3+ years old, asks a question therefore then the orginal posters would of most likely disappeared making the forum look inactive to the new, regular users.
 

Nerdface

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As others have said, as long as they're adding to the discussion and not merely posting for the sake of posting, I don't really have anything against it. Of course, this also depends on just how old the thread is, and whether or not at this point creating another thread would be more appropriate.

I've installed this add-on to prompt users before they make such a post. I've customised the phrase as follows:
There have been no replies to this thread for more than 90 days. You may still reply, but please consider whether it is more appropriate to create a new thread.
A fair compromise I would say, and something I can fall back on to justify a warning if they're being an idiot.. :)
 

Lämmchen

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I don't mind it at all but I know some of our long time members get annoyed by it.

I allow it because there are some conversations that might interest a newcomer more than some of the current ones so why restrict his ability to post because it's an old thread? His opinion matters too :)
 

Jason

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You never know when the old member might reappear - and I've seen some really good older threads.
 

Xyphien

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If it's something that revives the discussion for good. A.K.A. adding useful information, and causing more people to become active on it for the sake of the topic I tend to allow it. However, if it's someone posting on a year old post saying "I agree" I tend to remove it and warn the user.
 

Jason

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I wouldn't trash an old thread - but maybe I would lock it!