Suggestion: Thread Necromancy Control
Posted 05 November 2009 - 12:49 AM
1. Thread Timeout This is a functionality I see in a lot of other forums. Essentially, any thread older than a given age (say, one month) will be locked. It would most certainly prevent against necromancy, as any thread dug up through the search method would be incapable of being replied in if it's old enough to gain the wrath of the general populace.
2. Age-Based Notifications The idea is that after a thread reaches a certain age, the reply form adjusts itself to include a notification that the thread is older than the cutoff age (say 1 month), and prompts the user to instead start a new thread. Such a thing could also be modified to suggest that the user send their question or comment to a moderator. While I can see that this might be seen as redundant (as the thread's age can easily be determined by checking the date on the last post), I feel it's necessary to point out that checking the date isn't exactly the first thing on a newbie's mind when they see a thread they want to reply to--especially since it is so small and isolated within a forum post. This idea would bring the information to the front, which would help more mature and attentive newbies to know that they are about to commit forum treason. See here for an example of this idea.
The advantage of the first option over the second is that the first is already built into the admin control panel as an option that can be adjusted very easily. However, the function is blind to threads that may have been set up to allow for thread necromancy. On the flip side, the second option is a little bit harder to implement, and wouldn't entirely prevent necro-posting. But the second option would be more sensitive to threads that ought to remain open.
And I apologize if I'm overstepping my bounds by coming back just to post a suggestion. I just encountered that feature while browsing the internet and thought it would be indispensable here.
Posted 06 November 2009 - 09:00 AM
Not under our current software version.
the first is already built into the admin control panel
Posted 06 November 2009 - 09:59 AM
It doesn't work. Goobers will be goobers even if you smack them in the face with a notification.
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 12:15 PM
Also, a problem isn't worth complaining about unless you're going to take steps towards a solution; if you're unwilling to try and fix it, then you're just making noise for the sake of making noise.
Posted 06 November 2009 - 01:55 PM
Posted 06 November 2009 - 02:13 PM
The system works as far as I can tell, people who necro get banned or warned, and life moves on.
Agreed, I read all around the forums for months before I was approved and noticed this trend. It doesn't take much common sense to look at the date of the thread before you reply. I really see no need for such a, as captain slug said, "training wheels" approach to the forum.
*edit* -misplaced comma
Edited by Dragon216, 06 November 2009 - 02:14 PM.
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