Answering older threads

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by SlovakApple, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. SlovakApple macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    In the heart of Europe
    Maybe a stupid question. Let's say I find an old thread where I would like to respond. After what time span between the last post and my post am I considered to resurrect the old thread (which is not desired as I have understood)? One week, month ect.?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I think it is probably more about relevance than it is time
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If the thread and your post are directly related, I'd say add to the existing post. If it's just to say something like, "Thanks! This helped!", don't bother. Also remember that there may not have been a solution at the time the thread was posted, but later versions/developments may render the original question obsolete. It's also possible that the original poster is no longer active on this site.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I agree. It depends on the topic as well. If it's something like "what should I buy", then replying 2 months later probably isn't the best idea as OP has likely bought something already. However, if it's a thread where OP has a problem and you have a potential fix, then it's fine in my opinion as people can find that thread and try that in the future.

    Just use common sense. Your post may be reported and then mods will consider is it relevant or not
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    That may be true however the reason why many people first come to the site is from google searches while looking for answers to questions. I know plenty of times when I am looking for something a search brings me here. So while the OP may be gone it is still helpful to put answers in older threads.
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You get to decide

    There's no rule against resurrecting old threads, nor against starting a new thread when an older one isn't relevant to your purpose.

    The decision should depend on what you think will make the thread more useful for those who read it. An older thread may have the wrong context or contain obsolete information so a new thread will make more sense. On the flipside, the old thread may still provide the background for what you want to discuss, report, or ask.
    Example: I had to weigh those choices myself the other day myself when I reported the latest Turing Award Winner. Even though the thread is old, I thought the few of us who like to read about the heroes of computer science history would find it more interesting in the context of past winners.​

    So the choice is up to you. And what will go wrong if you make the wrong choice? Nothing serious.

    If the moderators consider an old thread and a new thread to be duplicates that ought to be a single thread, they'll merge them, but they won't treat it as breaking the rules. They'll simple be making the forums as useful as possible for other users. It's less common that they'll split a thread into two parts when new posts are made; they'll typically do this only when the new post is really about something very different, and the user was simply confused about how old the thread was or didn't know how to start a new thread.

    You shouldn't worry that somebody will tease you for posting in the old thread if you have something new to add to it, e.g., a new solution to an old problem or the return of an issue from years past.

    If you are worried about starting a new thread and being teased for not searching first, you can post a link to the previous thread in your new thread, especially if it helps distinguish the old topic from the related new topic.
  7. SlovakApple thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    In the heart of Europe
    Thank you all for your input. I appreciate it.
  8. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    There are always dubious resuscitating posts from newbies.

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