As a matter of fact, our staff team has decided to discourage necrobumping. And rightfully so, don’t get me wrong. However, I believe that closing the specific thread is a wrong approach. What do I mean by this? Well there area couple of disadvantages to this approach.
Questions: When one has a question to the poster, he/she has to PM the poster about his article and hope the poster replies. This could be avoided by asking a question in the thread and if the poster doesn’t answer, maybe other people will
And IF the poster replies, the poster might need to answer the same question over and over again through PM. This could also be avoided if the question was asked on the post itself: the question would already be answered and a smart individual would get his answer from there.
Now on IRC, @fraq suggested one makes another thread about a post while we were discussing this. This looks like a feasible option, but in time the homepage would be swarmed with threads about threads about threads… atleast, that is how i see it.
So what would be the solution?
I think the solution, if it can be applied, is to not close old threads that suddenly become active again. But simply, prevent threads of a specific age to re-appear on the homepage when they get a new comment. This would ensure that only people interested in the subject would be looking at the thread while not bothering anyone else on the homepage.
I hope that my input has been of any use. I already thank the people who read this in advance.
EDIT: poll inserted.
- YES, we need this system.
- NO, the current system works fine.