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  1. Zeus

    Zeus Moderator

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    The posts in the old threads stop now. I have deleted all new posts in old threads. If you have a problem with this you can PM me, another mod, or if you prefer The Site Admin Ian.

    If you are having a similar issue to one in an old thread, make a new one. Each case is different and it will be easier to help you out if we aren't confusing your situation with the the situation of the thread you post in.

    If you want to introduce yourself, please make a new thread.
     
    Zeus, Dec 15, 2009
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    clifford VIP Member

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    :thumbs Totally agree :)
     
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    Nickweb Resident Filmaker Moderator

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    HEAR HEAR!

    'necro-ing' old threads is a no-no on most forums these days, please make a new thread if you have any problems you would like help with :)
     
    Nickweb, Dec 15, 2009
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    Maybe Ian can set all old posts to lock after say 90 days?
    I am just being helpful. And the creator of the topic has the option to unlock it, but only if needed.
     
    danperteet, Dec 16, 2009
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    Maurice Bloody good bloke VIP Member

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    I think that there was a hack for vBulletin that the admin can run which locks threads that have not be added to after a set period. The set time period is decided by the admin.
     
    Maurice, Dec 16, 2009
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    I have talked to Ian about this before. He wants to leave the threads open. That's fine, we have enough mods here to keep the riffraff out.

    Or maybe the new members just don't understand how forums work. I know I was confused when I signed up to my 1st one. In fact James found me on the 2nd forum I had ever signed up for and asked me to come here.

    THQ was the 1st place I was ever a mod. Now I am a forum mod on 6 different sites, THQ taught me well...Ok enough nostalgia.
     
    Zeus, Dec 16, 2009
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    I understand leaving more recent ones open, but do threads from 2006 need to be open?
     
    danperteet, Dec 17, 2009
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    clifford VIP Member

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    I say leave a final post stating for further question please start a new thread and lock all that is over six months from last post.

    Lets be real here, do you think the original poster is still looking to resolve an issue after six months without a response?
     
    clifford, Dec 17, 2009
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    It's not up to me, you, or Zeus. It's up to Ian.
    If Ian doesn't want them locked there's not much we can do.
     
    danperteet, Dec 17, 2009
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    clifford VIP Member

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    Yeah I know, I can still throw my two cents in even if it doesn't help matters.

    Wait, I lost a penny, I don't even have two cents now. :D
     
    clifford, Dec 17, 2009
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    Last month I had actually this conversation with Ian via PM. I started locking threads and got a message back from Ian saying that there are valid reasons to leave the threads open. He is looking into other solutions (like marking them as solved) and will be looking further into the issue when vBulletin 4.0 comes out. Until then the threads will be locked when needed (like if it becomes the target of a lot of spammers) and the mods will keep on the spammers.
     
    Zeus, Dec 17, 2009
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    Maurice Bloody good bloke VIP Member

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    Yes an 'open' or 'solved' flag would be nice, they have them on the MS TechNet forums (or is it Fora to be correct?). I am not aware of a similar feature in vBulletin tho.
     
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    Ian Administrator

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    It is possible to add "solved" tags - if that would be handy I can look in to adding that after New Year?
     
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    Zeus Moderator

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    What would adding a solved flag do exactly?
     
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    it would mark the thread as 'solved', maybe after the tag is applied the thread could be locked? i dunno its an odd one

    Say person A has an issue in thread A, we solve it (cuz we're that good) then person B has the same issue, they should make a new thread (B), then maybe we could refer them to thread A.

    I know I dont really like new people necro-ing old threads, but when I was a newbie I admit I did it as I thought it was keeping the problem in the same thread, EG all relevant information is in the thread.

    I'm not too sure how to advise on this one sorry
     
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    I still don't see why locking would cause a problem, but I don't use vBulletin, so there may be something I don't know.
     
    danperteet, Dec 22, 2009
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    clifford VIP Member

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    The issue maybe with locking a thread that has not been solved.
    It would be a slap in the face to the Original Poster to see his post not solved and locked.
     
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    An unsolved thread from 06? You think they would wait 3 years for a solution? I am talking about threads that haven't been posted in for 2+ years.
     
    danperteet, Dec 22, 2009
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    I'll see if I can make it so that someone that tries to reply to an old thread will get a big message asking to post in a new thread. :)

    Sometimes it can be appropriate to post in an old thread, which is one of the reasons I'm not keen on a blanket lock... so a big "warning, this is an old thread - please click here to make a new thread" message on the reply page might be a good solution.

    I'll see if that is possible to add to vbulletin :)
     
    Ian, Dec 22, 2009
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    danperteet I broke it again. VIP Member

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    That would work. :)
     
    danperteet, Dec 22, 2009
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