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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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spuds

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Apologies for the wording on the questionable incomplete sentences above. Didn't notice it until it was posted!.

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morddwyd

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Damn silly time to raise this matter, when the person who could contribute most in the way of informed opinion is incommunicado for a week.

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Forum Editor

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"I recall the days when the original Forum Editor Guy Dixon and the then new FE (China) sent out reminder emails, regarding thread closures etc!."

We did that when we first introduced the green tick method of resolving threads. Automated emails were generated at the end of every month, reminding people to tick their threads. The tick didn't lock the thread then, and it still doesn't - we don't want a situation where people can lock their own threads.

I think that 3 months is a reasonable period for a thread to remain open before we auto-lock it to deter spam-bots and people who want to advertise their services and products. That kind of thing is a real nuisance, and has increased considerably over the past year.

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morddwyd

"Damn silly time to raise this matter, when the person who could contribute most in the way of informed opinion is incommunicado for a week."

I'm back now, and apologise for being out of touch for the past week. To the best of my knowledge it's the first time it's happened in almost eleven years, and was completely beyond my control - there simply wasn't any internet access in the middle of the Masai Mara.

I'll try not to let it happen again, and I think that most people seem to have expressed their views quite well without me.

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morddwyd

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FE

Welcome back. There was no need for an apology, in no way was my comment meant as any implied criticism of you.

Rather a criticism of the timing of such a proposal, when the one person who could make the most constructive input, was on a scheduled absence.

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morddwyd

Thanks. I know you weren't criticising.

We had discussed the thread-locking situation when we were planning the site redesign, but it wasn't included at the launch. I revived the discussion with colleagues just before I left the country, and that's why you saw Simon's thread appear in my absence.

I have to say that it did feel a bit weird, being off the forum for a week.

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flycatcher1

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FE Hope you had a good time in Africa. The weather here in Oxfordshire has been pretty good as well.

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Aitchbee

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FE - may I suggest, a nice green colour for the new padlock and even a different 'transitional' colour for threads that are nearing their 'use by date'. Welcome back.

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Joseph Kerr

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Mayeb you dont want people locking their own threads but, in all seriousness, it may be well worth locking resolved threads, specially advice based threads as opposed to opinion based threads such as this.

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Joseph Kerr

Yes, it makes sense to lock resolved threads, but quite often people come back to a technical advice thread and update it, or ask a supplementary question, so we wouldn't want automatic locking as soon as the green tick is applied.

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