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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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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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I agree go for the 3 months thats long enough for people to fit in holidays / buy and fit new hardware etc. while dealing with a problem.

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Bingalau

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Wasn't one of the postcard puzzles by Brumas recently revived and solved after being in the doldrums for a long time. As fourm member has said though the thread could be renewed with a link to it perhaps. I can't see any reason to keep things for ever that are not really any good to anyone.

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Nontek

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Three months gets my vote too!

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bjh

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I'd go with the four week option myself, possibly with a hint somewhere on the site that it's quite permissible to open a new thread, with a link to the old one. That way, anyone with an unresolved problem/point/view can start a new thread as an update, with a "link to original thread".

I doubt that would be needed much; in most of the forums, four weeks takes you back several pages - and it is rare for a thread this old, or older, to be usefully woken up.

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lotvic

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4 weeks is good, I cannot see any point in having any longer. The Thread starter can keep it active and not locked by posting on the thread or if it gets locked then start a new thread with a link to the old one if still needing help.

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bremner

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I really can't see why a thread needs to run for more than 4 weeks

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LanceAlot

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I'd vote for four too.

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LanceAlot

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weeks

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Quickbeam

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LanceAlot, It could be argued that some posts should be locked out after four posts:)

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buteman

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Quickbeam

If after a month with no response if the thread is locked maybe they can start a new one.

Obviously as this is a new idea it looks like trial and error until they get it right.

I would think that most threads in the helproom would be fixed or sorted within 4 weeks.

Speakers corner and Consumerwatch may take a bit longer some of them lasts for years.

So maybe if it can be done any post without a response for 30 days maybe closed.

I suppose it would be harder to track that way and not sure if it could be done.

Mind you you will always get a response while spammers are about.

simonjary

Another of my pet hates in My posts is Discussions you have started, I think it should be removed which would give a lot more room for Discussions you have contributed to.

At the moment you have to open about 6 pages just to get to something that was posted only a week ago.

Not sure what others think about that.

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