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Doesn't it make more sense to resurrect an old thread and add to the conversation (and learn something as well), than to start an entirely new thread about a subject already on the forum? Not all of us have been here for 4 years. I was enjoying the DE thread until it was suddenly closed.
 

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Yes, it does. I am a member of several message boards, and none of them close old threads that get resurrected. In fact, the mods on those boards will tell people to do a search rather than to open up a new thread, just in case they have a question that has already been answered in an older thread.
 

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I hate *hate* when someone opens and old thread started by one of our old members that is gone. I see it, get excited, and then I see it's NOT actually them.

Worse is when I see one by one of our members who has passed away.

Also, people also never seem to check dates. They respond to a thread and don't pay attention that it's 6 years old and don't check to see that OP hasn't been online in 5 years 8 months....

Let sleeping threads lie and start a new current one.
 

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I think it should be on a case by case basis.

Some threads are super informative, and I've been pleasantly surprised by their information from members that no longer post here... others are a little less informative and/or are asking a question that is now irrelevant as it only applied to the OP.
 

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Well, I'm one of those that doesn't care for it at all. Easiest thing to do is start a new thread. If more information is wanted then you can do a search and find a bunch of old threads and read to your hearts content.
It's really irritating when you read the outdated post, don't happen to pay attention to the date right away. Find a post I would like to reply to OR worse yet, ask a question and the person hasn't posted for a couple years!
I also go crazy when the post is a few hundred pages long and I try to read, but it goes off on a winding path till a mod brings it back, after 50 pages or so.

They just seem cumbersome and VERY disjointed. There is no way you can reply to the OP, most OLD threads the posters are gone.

In saying that, the thread of the members pictures is about the only exception I can think of at the moment. There is no train of thought to follow, or questions, or opinions, so it could go on till hades freezes.

I'm a member of a few boards/forums and most of them don't like old threads resurrected and will treat it just like here and close the thread and tell you to start a new one.
 

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All of the reasons mentioned are part of why we don't like old threads resurrected. Basically it just causes confusion and is a waste of time for people responding to the OPs specific question. Starting a new thread will get responses with the most current information. If you want to read history then use the search function.

We occasionally do let old threads stand, particularly if it's the OP providing an update to the original post.

As a side note, you guys have no idea how many old threads get bumped with inane comments like "yeah my cat does that too". The comment that bumped the diatomaceous earth thread just repeated a caution that was already mentioned in the thread.
 
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