Author Topic: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...  (Read 4095 times)

Offline jcf

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Just as it sez folks, please use the search function to see if a subject already exists before
creating a new topic.

Thanks.
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Must leave successors more corrupted still."
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Offline Logan Hartke

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 12:11:01 PM »
*resists temptation to create a identical new thread about existing topics*

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Logan

Offline perttime

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2015, 06:04:08 PM »
Some forums strictly discourage resurrecting "old" threads. For "old" a couple of months is enough... Doesn't make much sense to me.

Better keep stuff relating to a specific topic in one place.

Offline Volkodav

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2015, 08:01:34 PM »
Just as it sez folks, please use the search function to see if a subject already exists before
creating a new topic.

Thanks.

Makes sense and is what I endeavour to but each time I get a message from the site pointing out that it is an old topic and I should be starting a new one, maybe it would be possible to change that message?

Offline perttime

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2015, 09:38:56 PM »
Many forums seem to have these warnings about responding to 147 days old topics, or something. Elsewhere, a moderator or administrator once hinted that there is a technical reason why "resurrecting a zombie thread" is bad for the functioning of forum software (and then he locked the  less than year old thread).

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2015, 09:42:45 PM »
Many forums seem to have these warnings about responding to 147 days old topics, or something. Elsewhere, a moderator or administrator once hinted that there is a technical reason why "resurrecting a zombie thread" is bad for the functioning of forum software (and then he locked the  less than year old thread).

Is this thread based on my reviving the "I watched a good movie yesterday" post?
Work in progress ::

I am giving up listing them. They all end up on the shelf of procrastination anyways.

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2015, 10:41:24 PM »
Just as it sez folks, please use the search function to see if a subject already exists before
creating a new topic.

Thanks.

Makes sense and is what I endeavour to but each time I get a message from the site pointing out that it is an old topic and I should be starting a new one, maybe it would be possible to change that message?

What message is that?
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Offline Volkodav

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2015, 11:26:28 PM »
"Warning: this topic has not been posted in for at least 120 days.
Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic. "

In a red box above the text box when you click reply on a topic that hasn't been posted on for a period of time.

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2015, 11:46:41 PM »
Just do what I do...ignore the message!
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Offline Volkodav

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 02:13:16 AM »
Just do what I do...ignore the message!

I do ignore it, I was just being pedantic in pointing out that there is a message that contradicts jcf's common sense recommendation.

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2015, 03:47:50 AM »
The warning message is something hard wired into the software.  Mind you, if you look at what it says "Unless you're sure you want to reply, please consider starting a new topic." it should be fairly obvious what to do.  If it is one of our long term discussions, then all you are doing is replying.
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Offline Volkodav

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2015, 07:04:56 PM »
True, I wondered about it being hard wired although there are other sites I belong to that do frown on thread necromancy.  It is a bit different here as half the fun is playing with old ideas and researching for new projects.

Offline jcf

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Re: Please check for existing topics before creating a new one ...
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2015, 12:15:28 AM »
Thread age function is now disabled.

Long live  :icon_zombie: :icon_zombie:
"Evil our grandsires were, our fathers worse;
And we, till now unmatched in ill,
Must leave successors more corrupted still."
Horace, 65BC - 8BC. Marsh translation.