Auto thread lock?

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by jeremysteele, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2011
    I'm sure this has probably been discussed before - but is there any reason MacRumors doesn't use a timed auto thread-lock? Lot of other forums use it - and it helps keep this kinda embarrassment from happening.

    I've also reported a few posts here and there where spam bots will autopost stuff on really old threads, and thus reopen them. May be useful to lock after 3 years or something?
  2. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    One reason not to allow threads to auto-lock is that old threads can still have useful information. Once in a while, someone will find the advice they need in an older thread, and may have an additional question or comment to add.

    Old threads left open are generally not a big problem. If a member accidentally posts in one and then wants the post removed, s/he can just report the post and we'll take care of it.

    If a spammer posts in an old thread, someone usually reports it.

    It's a matter of weighing the pros and cons, but so far it hasn't been thought necessary. We'll keep it in mind, though - things get changed now and then. :)

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