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"Old Threads - How Old Is Too Old?" Topic

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28 Oct 2017 8:33 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Hacksaw Inactive Member20 Dec 2002 9:35 a.m. PST

Im curious, it appears that sometimes threads on the various boards seem to get resurrected several months after the last post. Sometimes the threads brought back to life had run their course (and then some), and further posting in them is only an attempt to stir the pot and see what happens, IMO.

Wouldnt it be better to start a new thread about whatever seemingly unanswered question has arisen, as opposed to trying to get everyones knickers in a wad all over again in the old thread ?

Just curious.

Rogzombie Fezian20 Dec 2002 9:51 a.m. PST

I would be curious to see how long posts are actually left up, if the Editor could help out with this, please?

I dont mind seeing the posts resurrected later on as long as someone has a constructive addition. I think casual opinions or comments are unnecessary and serve no purpose in resurrecting these. Informative comments with new information, etc are very helpful, though.

Steve Hazuka Inactive Member20 Dec 2002 10:26 a.m. PST

I agree with you the for sale items could be sorted through and some of the General Discussion things could be sifted out. But like the Terrain Message Board is always a nice resource even years later.

And the guy just got his final exams finished cut him some slack. He sounds busy.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Dec 2002 10:49 p.m. PST

I agree that the Message Boards could use some improvement. However, "the will of the people" is that I should get the Rules section resurrected first, so that's my next priority.

(Well, after some infrastructure emergencies I need to work on over the holidays, that is...)

quirkworthy Inactive Member21 Dec 2002 7:55 a.m. PST

Culling old posts is a tricky business. I think we can all agree that some threads are useful for ages (terrain, sculpting, etc), wheras others get old real fast (for sale notes, usually). The hard bit is judging which of the middle ground gets expunged. Aftr all, we should (hopefully) always be getting new blood for TMP, and they may well find some of the old posts useful.

Steve at theassaultgroup com Inactive Member21 Dec 2002 10:01 a.m. PST

I've only recently come onto TMP and have found some of the all stuff quite useful - and amusing

Hacksaw Inactive Member21 Dec 2002 2:50 p.m. PST

Im not suggesting that old threads be culled, merely that people stop posting in threads that are months old with the idea of starting further incendiary reactions. I was prompted by just such a thing happening the day I started this thread.

My question is related to the manners of the posters on the boards, not the housekeeping duties of our already overworked Editor.

Goldwyrm Inactive Member22 Dec 2002 9:52 a.m. PST

Unless the Editor feels the old threads are taking up too much space on his server I have no problem with them being revisited months later. I use many as resources for information and would not like to see them removed or have new information withheld based on the age of the thread.

Hacksaw, your attempt at keeping civility is admirable however you can't change human nature. I think I'm aware of the thread(hmgs?) that set you off on this topic. It's best to let the people who want to be vitriolic to be so. It only lessens their incendiary arguments. Cooler heads will ignore them.

marcshefelton2000 Inactive Member25 Dec 2002 4:59 p.m. PST

I think the miniatures directory should be back up and operating.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 Oct 2017 10:37 a.m. PST

To the title question … This?

Great War Ace Inactive Member27 Oct 2017 6:45 p.m. PST

Wow, I am impressed. How did this get found?

UshCha28 Oct 2017 2:57 a.m. PST

Killin old threads is proably generally not worth it. However on another none wargame board the biggest problem is the Curse of Photo bucket. Please do not give them anything, they are true rip of merchants and have destroyed
Much usefull data. PHOTO BUCKET ruined threads need restoration if possible by the author or they can be expunged as no longer of use, like the company itself.

Legion 428 Oct 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Necroposting … everybody is doing it ! LOL ! evil grin

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian28 Oct 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

Generally, topics on the main forum remain forever. We have no organized program to remove old topics.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP30 Oct 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

Never too old, it would seem!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member30 Oct 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

Oh good. I was about to post on a thread brought up by a wrongly entered TMP search--until I noticed it was from 2002.

Guess it's OK then.

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