Locking old threads

Discussion in 'Feedback & Help' started by Kat Haylock, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Kat Haylock

    Kat Haylock Community Editor Administrator

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    The moderation team can breathe a big sigh of relief. We've finally (finally!) got a plugin on site to lock old threads. And it only took five short years!

    From now on, threads that have been inactive for 365 days will be automatically locked. The period of inactivity will be based on the last reply, not the start date of the thread – so a thread from 2016 will still be open if there have been replies in the last year. For newbies on site: we lock old threads because it stops old, irrelevant information surfacing (for example, advice or links that relate to out of date legislation).

    While I'm here, we've also put in a fix so you can view member profiles on mobile. It's not pretty, but it's functional (I hope!)

    Posted: Nov 29, 2018 By: Kat Haylock Member since: Jul 11, 2016
  2. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    Hurray :D
    Posted: Nov 29, 2018 By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
  3. TheWebDesignCompany

    TheWebDesignCompany UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Why wait for so long, ive accidentally posted on a few old threads before realising that they are not recent. This would be avoided if they were automatically locked after a couple of months of inactivity...
    Posted: Mar 13, 2019 By: TheWebDesignCompany Member since: Mar 11, 2019
  4. Manasy

    Manasy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I did the same thing you did,post on threads that are too old threads are considered spammers.
    Posted: Apr 8, 2019 By: Manasy Member since: Apr 3, 2019
  5. MikeJ

    MikeJ UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Could you colour code posts based on their age? Have a pale yellow background for anything that's a week old, pale blue for a month, pale green for 6 months, etc? At least people would then have an idea of how old something is before replying.

    This thread is a classic problem...


    Clinton's made a generous offer to a poster without realising the thread had died for a couple of weeks, and was then brought back by a new poster.
    Posted: Aug 21, 2020 By: MikeJ Member since: Jan 15, 2008
  6. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I would go for 6 months
    Posted: Aug 21, 2020 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
  7. zigojacko

    zigojacko I say it how it is Full Member - Verified Business

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    The irony being that today's comments were on a thread that is more than 365 days old... Hah.
    Posted: Aug 21, 2020 By: zigojacko Member since: Dec 7, 2009