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Locking old threads


simonjary
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In a further bid to make these forums less prone to spam bot attack we're going to look at locking older threads.

Currently a spam bot can reactivate an old thread, which pushes it to the top of that forum list, where it becomes live again despite its age and resolved status.

Also, old threads in forums such as Consumerwatch sometimes get hijacked, rather than new threads being opened for new problems.

Locking older threads should stop that.

Regards,

Simon Publisher, PC Advisor

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Covergirl

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Excellent idea and not before time.

Personally I would opt for a shorter timeout (say a few weeks since last post to that thread) rather than being generous with a longer period.

However, the decision (as they say) is yours!!

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lotvic

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Darned good idea, hope it won't be long before it's in action.

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buteman

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simonjary

Locking older threads.

Will that be any thread not replied to withing say 4 weeks or do you mean older threads.

We do seem to be getting a lot of first time members opening old threads and spamming them.

Also a lot of posters not pressing the resolved button when they have fixed their problems.

PCA site working very well at the moment if it stays like this it would be a vast improvement.

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wiz-king

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I think 4 weeks since the last posting would be a good starting point.

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simonjary

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We were thinking of locking all old threads after six months.

How does that sound?

Simon

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simonjary

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It sounds like you prefer a shorter lifetimes for old threads!

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Covergirl

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Buteman & Simon

Four weeks sounds good to me too. Six months definitely too long.

(What else are you planning to change while the FEs in no position to stop you? While the cats away . . . . . LoL!)

PS Loving the automatically generated Ads by Google suggesting Loctite to lock threads :)

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Pine Man

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Four weeks from the last post seems ideal to me.

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Quickbeam

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3 months would be a good compromise, 4 weeks in some cases would see some threads that need to run on over a time being timed out prematurely, and there's nothing worse than finding yourself timed out by a know it all computer!

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Aitchbee

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Three months sounds good to me.

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