Last post Mar 14, 2012 03:07 PM by gerrylowry
Mar 13, 2012 04:40 PM|gerrylowry|LINK
i know the moderators have lots to do and are unpaid volunteers ...
also, there are times when a necropost can add value ...
however, imho, it woud be a good idea to moderate ALL necroposts, and FWIW, also to use CSS to distinguish necroposts from standard posts/replies and answers.
i really like the way answers stand out in the new design ... perhaps a nice graveyard gray theme could be used for necroposts.
Mar 14, 2012 04:04 AM|XIII|LINK
it woud be a good idea to moderate ALL necroposts
It would be even better that once a thread is set as resolved and a period of a day or two that only the OP can add extras again when needed, others wouldn't be able to add in material.
Most of the necro's are simply unhelpful thank you posts or trying to chime in spam or in most cases it's a reply which should rather be a new thread instead. Those I usually split off and edit the post from where it was split off.
Only a very small percentage would actually contribute to a thread. Most of the times however the question was asked in a lower .NET version and the answer's given with some of the latest new technology which would solve the problem now. I can understand
that people may want to help but years after date and the likelyhood of a more recent technology stack being used will very likely not help out the OP. People better spend their time on answering threads which are in real need right now and close those up
as soon as possible, helping members which are currently in need.
Mar 14, 2012 03:07 PM|gerrylowry|LINK
imho, for a longer period, perhaps as much as 30 days maximum, i'd allow anyone, not just the O.P. to post after the question has been marked as resolved by the O.P. ... although, perhaps ALL such posts should go to moderation to determine whether they add
often, i've seen the O.P. mark an issue as resolved but it was obvious that the O.P. did not really understand some important and relevant aspect of his/her problem.
i know that may not sound very humble of me, however, please consider that many members who post questions are extreme novices.
After 30 days of silence, enough wait time to allow for someone away for a holiday of a few weeks, i'd lock the thread.
Anything after that can always reference the thread in such a way that both threads would show up for a search ...
one of the challenges, when there are multiple threads related to a topic, is for the person who is searching to get the best search result possible.
one more point: i suspect that necroposting is often unintentional ... a member is searching for something, gets a result, fails to notice the age of the post, and then unintentionally necroposts ... for this reason, imho, locking a thread after 30 days
of silence (i.e., since the very last reply to that thread) is essential.