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Locking old threads

Discussion in 'Feedback & Help' started by Scott-Copywriter, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. Scott-Copywriter

    Scott-Copywriter UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Kat, just to conclude what was discussed in the earlier thread:

    This would be a very easy feature for any developer to implement into the forum - whether this forum is bespoke or off-the-shelf.

    Plenty of other forums have systems like this in place which automatically locks and archives very old threads, and doing them all at once for the first time automatically (which I presume would involve a MySQL database run) would take minutes without any downtime.

    It's worth inquiring about this, I'd say.
     
    Posted: Nov 24, 2016 By: Scott-Copywriter Member since: May 10, 2006
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  2. UKSBD

    UKSBD UKBF Legend Full Member

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    Looking at this another way.

    I find it really annoying when I find something on Google, it's a forum thread, I read it, want to respond only to find it locked.

    It's not always a case that old threads shouldn't be replied to, I would rather have choice than it be automated.

    Let's face it most posts, after a reply to an old post, are just from people moaning about an old post being replied to, I think some people just wait for old posts to be replied to, so they can be the 1st to jump in and moan about it :)
     
    Posted: Nov 24, 2016 By: UKSBD Member since: Dec 30, 2005
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  3. Scott-Copywriter

    Scott-Copywriter UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    Just to clarify, this type of system generally locks threads after a period of inactivity, not necessarily age.

    So those threads which might be very old but are still "active" can keep going. It's only those which are old and haven't had a response in, say, a year or two, which are then locked.

    In my view, if there's a thread which is very old, and hasn't been replied to in that long, members would probably be better off making a new thread anyway. More exposure and less complaints that way.
     
    Posted: Nov 24, 2016 By: Scott-Copywriter Member since: May 10, 2006
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  4. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    Posted: Nov 25, 2016 By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  5. Kat Haylock

    Kat Haylock Community Editor Staff Member

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    I'll look into this - thanks!
     
    Posted: Nov 25, 2016 By: Kat Haylock Member since: Jul 11, 2016
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