I have and it never got taken care of other than “We’ll look into it”. That was a year ago and doesn’t really matter anymore, but again the rule WAS 6 months irregardless of the topic or the last post. My thread that was “Why is linux not as big as it should be” turned in to one giant cyclic redundancy error at the end with a windows vs linux battle between 8 people, but it was STILL a relatively good discussion within that topic on that thread. Could there have been a PM war instead? Sure. Could there have been a new thread? Sure. But with it all consolidated into one space and not shotgunned all over the place it was its own thing in one place that was referenced as “This sorta fight already happened. Don’t start a new one just read that” which was healthy for the troublesome new users of the time and the trolls that got permamuted (AHEM cynicalanarchist ETC).
The point has nothing to do with the staff, it has to do with one solidly contained discussion that can be referenced. Yes, I know threads can be interlinked, yes I know that problems can be brought up, yes I know that it can just be discussed in the lounge, but if its a thread about, say, HAM radio, and maybe specifically using HAM radio as a data transfer solution, and the OP comes back later or someone asks the OP 2 or 3 months later what happened with the project or what he found out… Why the hell would you lock that thread? If he had an answer and that sparked a new fire for that thread to build ideas in why not just leave it be? And if a new thread is to be made it can be arranged.
You want examples? Because I DO have one.
This thread started as a thread about an open source high powered workstation that was an interesting enough design that made one big conversation. After that thread was around, even though it was only me and 3 or 4 people talking, another thread popped up asking stuff about open power, and this wasn’t the only one I don’t believe as there was some discussion in the lounge, I got some PM’s from some lurkers, I think @torpcoms got one or two, and then the thread ended up becoming a general mega_thread at the end. When it became a POWER and PowerPC lounge I asked for it to be locked and made this thread, linking back to the old thread, and carrying the discussion over to the new one where the discussion resides currently. This is my personal example, but sure as hell it isn’t the first one.
So if its a problem with new user then put some logistics in that has the new user only be able to see threads made within, I dunno, the last 2 months and they have to have a limit of 15 posts before they can see back a year, introduce what necro’s are and what to look for in an older thread, and then after 5 more posts the can have access to the lounge and such. Its not like I haven’t seen that specific example before, its a feature in vBulletin 3 that I have seen used quite a bit! Obviously I’m giving an open suggestion for more work, but if I knew how to do it myself I would.
And if it’s just me that gets bothered by necro’s not getting handled properly, new users not getting set on a delay timer what like can be done on, now, ancient forum software in comparison to discourse, and then a thread thats 2-4 months old thats not as openly worded as possible getting locked down because someone had an idea or question about something that could probably be useful to someone else in the future if they couldn’t find it on google… Well then I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just go back to IRC and not contribute as much anymore. Maybe I get too worked up about stuff, but it still bothers me and it could be handled better in my opinion and cause less hassle for everyone involved.
Either way, thank you for your time.