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The "Introduce Yourself Here section has been bombarded with a slew of re-runs of posts from nearly a year ago. What's going on?

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The "Introduce Yourself Here section has been bombarded with a slew of re-runs of posts from nearly a year ago. What's going on?

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See who dug them up from the past.
Holvola (or whatever)

I guess he wants to get his post count up quick. :smokin:
 

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I was wondering how many of these dead threads he was going to resurrect before stopping.

I doubt anyone with two posts from three years ago sees his drivel.
 

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I have been on some forums that disallow resurrecting posts over a month old. They had a term for it called “nechroposting”...

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I have been on some forums that disallow resurrecting posts over a month old. They had a term for it called “nechroposting”...

Tom
We could do that here as well, but when that was in place, people complained as well. You can't win for losing. ;)
 

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Not sure about the posts being referenced in this context, but I think there are times that posting on old threads is OK. Forums are for sharing information, and if I search for and find a relevant thread, and then have something I can add to provide more info, then I'll post so the information is captured. In that case it would be a shame to prohibit adding posts to an old thread.

I recently went back and edited a thread of mine because I found a link I used had changed, so I went back and fixed the link.
 

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I do think that the ability to add to older threads is good ... there is always something newer that possibly can be done ..
Unfortunately there seems to no way to discriminate between the threads, oh well, there's sometimes a bit of 'not nessecary- in there, lol
 

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When new members join the forum, they search old topics and ask questions.
At least that is what should happen.
On the other hand we get new members that ask the same series of questions over and over. Both can get annoying.
I would rather have a new member read the old post, and hopefully have their questions answered, but if not I welcome them asking new inquires to an old thread. No one is saying you have to open an old thread.
Nothing is more discouraging than to open a new thread, and because it was a topic covered several times, many responses are "HERE WE GO AGAIN" or a Meme of someone beating a dead horse. Which both responses make me want to leave. It shows a great degree of unwillingness to help new members.
Just because YOU know the answer, does that mean EVERYONE should ?

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Agreed

When new members join the forum, they search old topics and ask questions.
At least that is what should happen.
On the other hand we get new members that ask the same series of questions over and over. Both can get annoying.
I would rather have a new member read the old post, and hopefully have their questions answered, but if not I welcome them asking new inquires to an old thread. No one is saying you have to open an old thread.
Nothing is more discouraging than to open a new thread, and because it was a topic covered several times, many responses are "HERE WE GO AGAIN" or a Meme of someone beating a dead horse. Which both responses make me want to leave. It shows a great degree of unwillingness to help new members.
Just because YOU know the answer, does that mean EVERYONE should ?

Dan


Amen Panther! :appl:

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I recently have been frustrated by the search engine. The best cure is to accurately tag the post. The problem with my old post is that I used photobucket. I will update any of the better threads if they are revived.

Some threads just do not have good titles that define the content.
 

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See who dug them up from the past.
Holvola (or whatever)

I guess he wants to get his post count up quick. :smokin:
He does seem to be padding his post count, doesn't he? Unfortunately, post count doesn't indicate the quality of those posts. Some people here have a high post count, and rarely if ever post anything that's actually about model railroading.

As far as thread resurrections, I agree that there may be some good info buried in these old threads, and I certainly think that newbies -- heck, everyone, really -- should spend some time reading old posts before asking a question.

I only object in two cases: when the new post attempts to answer s specific question when the OP is long gone; and when someone starts a new thread on a subject that is still on the first page of older threads.
 

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CTValleyRR, I think a caveat to your first point is if answering a question from a long dead thread provides relevant information that someone else who is searching for that exact topic may find helpful. Even if the OP is long gone, it could help someone else in the future.

I've posted threads asking questions myself and then found an answer to my own question, so I'll come back and post the solution. No reason to leave unanswered questions just hanging there.

One of my pet peeves is someone asks a quesiton and comes back later and says "never mind, I figured it out". Um, then how about sharing?
 

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CTValleyRR, I think a caveat to your first point is if answering a question from a long dead thread provides relevant information that someone else who is searching for that exact topic may find helpful. Even if the OP is long gone, it could help someone else in the future.

I've posted threads asking questions myself and then found an answer to my own question, so I'll come back and post the solution. No reason to leave unanswered questions just hanging there.

One of my pet peeves is someone asks a quesiton and comes back later and says "never mind, I figured it out". Um, then how about sharing?
No argument, if indeed it is an unanswered question, or someone really is providing s fresh outlook on the situation.

In my experience, though, that's rarely the case.
 
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