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install monkey
01-07-2011, 08:19 PM
web ram, is there any way of archiving old threads of say over 3 months because ive noticed a lot of newbie's get caught out giving advice on a post from over 18mth ago,and i would have hoped the original advice had helped remedy the issue, just a thought

04-10-2011, 06:41 PM
Yes, I agree on this idea 100000000000000%
Please make it so.
Got a few other suggestions too, but no point airing them because stuff doesn't get responded to or things things don't happen anyway.
I'd like some feedback on this issue at least.

04-10-2011, 10:25 PM
The trouble is that 3 months isn't very long and a lot of information would be lost.

Some threads, Refrigeration 101 for example, have been running for several years now and still get fresh input. How would you handle threads such as those?

install monkey
04-10-2011, 10:32 PM
very true maybe if the post start date was in bigger text may help some of us ,as we try to give advice and the someone chirps up that the post was 3yr old and they've prob fixed it!! ive been on both sides of that- just a thought,thanks

04-10-2011, 10:42 PM
Mind you, I was embarrassed to see the date of your first post.;) I'm just slightly behind on things right now.....

install monkey
04-10-2011, 10:47 PM
see my point, as your right over garys 101 post is legendary,it disheartens when you see a post maybe req a manual that u have and u email it to them, and after a few days then someone alerts you it was prob fixed or retrofitted! its a double edged sword

04-10-2011, 11:36 PM
My hand is up! Caught out several times as well. Maybe hi-lite O.P. start date with different colours, like... green for current up to 1 month, another colour for 1 month to , say 3 months, and so on. Just a thought but that fails when someone hijacks the thread i guess..Mike.

04-10-2011, 11:43 PM
how about locking the thread if it dormant no posts for 5 or 6 months ?you can leave ones like 101 open there could be few others to leave as well :)

05-10-2011, 11:33 AM
locking the thread is a good idea but thats a lot of work for the mods

05-10-2011, 02:37 PM
I think dormant old tech help threads (where someone is looking to fix something at a particular moment in time, should just be archived (ie locked), surely that can be automated?
If there's frequent replies (like 3-6 months), then of course it should remain open, so not locked by date thread started, but by last reply being over 3-6 months ago.

Certain sub forums it maybe not required, like legal, marketing, stories and chat.
But all the tech help forums where someone starts a thread just for help in one particular tech thing certainly need it. If it's a theory type thread that's popular but in the general repair subforums anyway, could that not be stickied, and then a rule made that stickied threads can't get automatically locked/archived?

But tech help posts that are time sensitive have no reason to be left open so spammers can bump them. Leave old tech help threads archived so people can read them, anyone with a similar problem would more likely read the entire thread and maybe learn something that could help them if they could not easily reply. With the thread open it may be tempting for someone finding it on google search to just reply with a question, not read the thread at all because they can't be bothered reading it, just want to take the lazy way out and post questions to be spoonfed answers. Really, the thread is done and years later nothing relevant could be added except spammers and one hit wonders bumping old tech help threads.
If someone needed help months later with a similar problem that could not be solved, well then start a new thread. Slightly more difficult than just replying to an old post, so maybe some extra thought went into it rather than what they would have done if replying to an old thread.

I don't know how to automate locking of old threads, but really big and popular websites do exactly that, so it must be possible

install monkey
05-10-2011, 07:16 PM
but webram- think of the overtime!!!! and the satisfaction! you might find the 1st ever posted thread haha

locking the thread is a good idea but thats a lot of work for the mods

05-10-2011, 07:33 PM
but webram- think of the overtime!!!! and the satisfaction! you might find the 1st ever posted thread haha

Overtime, mods dont get over/t - not even standard/t, its just for the love of keeping the site clean for you :cool: 'Install' (or was that from you:confused: ) :rolleyes:

R's chillerman

05-10-2011, 07:51 PM
locking the thread is a good idea but thats a lot of work for the mods

perhaps you could have mini mods for thread locking ? maybe on a short leash to lock down the old threads and archive them keep some people busy in the long dark months to come :)

install monkey
05-10-2011, 08:09 PM
the problem is the longer its left the more posts to file!!!!

06-10-2011, 01:43 AM
OK webram, if the above posts don't convince you to lock or achive old dormant threads, then I don't know what will.

This thread was dead and three months old before I bumped it. If the policy of locking dead threads was already in place, then none of the above posts would ever of happened! :D

06-10-2011, 08:25 AM
Auto close threads now active :) they will close in 6 months

install monkey
20-01-2012, 11:52 PM
no updates yet?

install monkey
11-03-2012, 05:30 PM
would it be possible to open the thread started by frank as my son has just passed and cannot post!
C&g 2079 (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?17055-C-amp-g-2079&highlight=city+and+guilds+2079)Started by frank (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/member.php?511-frank)‎, 28-01-2009 09:09 PM5 Pages 1 (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?17055-C-amp-g-2079&highlight=city+and+guilds+2079)2 (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?17055-C-amp-g-2079/page2&highlight=city+and+guilds+2079)3 (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?17055-C-amp-g-2079/page3&highlight=city+and+guilds+2079)4 (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?17055-C-amp-g-2079/page4&highlight=city+and+guilds+2079)5 (http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?17055-C-amp-g-2079/page5&highlight=city+and+guilds+2079)

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11-03-2012, 05:50 PM
sorted and opened :)