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Old 04-02-2007, 02:11 AM   #1
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I'm lost as to why old topics here get locked as soon as someone brings them up...


Granted some shouldn't be brought back from never land but some are very informative, Should sometimes be considered a blessing that someone dredged into the past and brought it back...

this is a forum and as long as they follow the rules and stay on topic why not let them stay?? are we ashamed of our past ?

not stepping on any toes with this and you can lock it if you feel the need just curious is all

and its not like the site is wasting bandwidth there already there just at the bottom of the pile
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im not sure but i think the idea is that they want people to start new threads instead of using the out dated ones
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Reasons:

1. Our knowledge is constantly evolving and improving. Best practices change, as do preferred parts and vendors. Older topics may contain older information that may be no longer valid, or not the preferred method from our experience.

2. Quite often, a new member will dig up an old topic they think applies to their situation and symptoms. Very often, we find their personal diagnosis to be wrong. We troubleshoot each problem on a case-by-case basis.

3. Confusion. Occasionally an old topic gets dragged to the surface and dusted off, and we find ourselve reading really old information to get caught back up. This is a waste of our time.
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Like mentioned in the link Bandit provided, The best way to bring up old threads is to link them to a new topic. That way, those that have not seen that info already can choose to read it and those that have can provide new or updated info if available.

It'* just one of the quirks of this forum that really does work once you get used to it.

And yes, there really ARE things that used to be accepted practices that we now know to be less than best practices.
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:48 AM   #6
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take this one for instance. http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=23579
its 3 years old. who'* milage is still going to be the same.
(no offence to whoever dug that up)

also a lot of times when an older post is dug up we find that the person
who started it is no longer a active member. to which the newer member
would ask that person a question.


hope this helps
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Very simply put, it gets very confusing to start reading a topic, then realize its out dated. Much easier to start a new topic and possibly link to the old topic for follow ups, that kind of thing.
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Should we lock this one?
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It'* not old enough yet. Give it a couple hours, will ya?
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Hey i understand rules are rules... And i respect the rules of each individual forum I belong too. Maybe there should be something that locks them after a certain time frame.

Or if your going to lock something at least speak up like that mileage thread what kind of confusion would that have cost ya know...


like i said Not stepping on toes just inquiring...
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