View Full Version : Necroing threads
12-13-2008, 05:04 PM
If I find some of the older posts interesting, and want to give my two cents and get the discussion going again, is there a certain time perioid where after replying to it is considered necroing, or should I start a new thread on the issue?
12-13-2008, 06:27 PM
There are no rules about that, and reviving old threads is not looked down on here as far as I know. Of course this depends somehwat on the topic of the thread. If it clearly obsolete (for example, a blog thread started by a member who is currently banned), then some might consider it poor form to reply as if the member is still able to respond. But barring that, I don't think there is any problem with bumping old threads if you have something relevant to say.
12-13-2008, 07:03 PM
I think it's fun sometimes to see old forgotten ones bubble back up to the surface.
There are some good conversations that get buried & lost under all the games and intros, sometimes!
12-13-2008, 09:42 PM
I would add that if you want to take the discussion in a new direction it would probably be best to start a new thread and maybe just reference the old one.
12-13-2008, 09:59 PM
The only rule I know of pertaining to this has something to do with reviving them just for the sake of reviving them without wanting to really say anything relevant. I think that posting a legitimate comment is allowed.
Copied verbatim from the FAQs, emphasis added:
2. No Spamming
Do not post copies of the same thread, the same thread to multiple subforums, or copy the same post to multiple threads. Avoid making empty "bump" posts or necroposting (bumping very old threads). Please refrain from appending ASCII logos, macros, memes or other taglines (manual signatures) to each of your posts. Never repost a thread or post that has been deleted by a moderator.
12-14-2008, 06:43 AM
That wording is a bit more open than I had remembered; I guess it could be against the rules if the thread has been dead for a very long time, even if you have something relevant to say and the thread itself is still relevant. But I would think exceptions would be made. There was a trend of reviving old threads not too long ago, and I don't recall any problems arising from it.
12-14-2008, 08:35 AM
Thanks for your answers
12-15-2008, 10:03 AM
As Nikita points out, there is indeed a rule about necroposting. The main issue with necroposting is the malicious practice of bumping ancient threads to spam a subforum index. Our secondary concern is that long-developed and entrenched threads tend to get less attention from the broader userbase than newer, less developed threads do; therefore, necroposting can have the effect of pushing active threads off of a subforum index in favor of threads that will drop with minimal attention. As a compounding factor, the older a thread is, the more likely it is that its original participants won't be around to respond to it.
Generally speaking, if you have a substantive contribution to make to an old thread - that is, a substantive response to something specifically said in that thread - then posting to it can be okay. "Substantive" being something thoughtful and running more than a few lines. If on the other hand your contribution doesn't have much of anything to do with the specific content of that old thread, you should just start a new one on the same / similar subject. It is inevitable that subjects will arise with some repetition over time. For the sake of ease, we'll define "old" as anything further than three pages into any subforum index.
Ultimately though, when in doubt, you should start the new thread instead of reviving an old one. Necroposting is discouraged. It's usually going to be deleted.
12-16-2008, 03:36 PM
I was just going to start a thread on this exact topic. My main issue with the necroposting rule is that there are probably many new members since some of the older threads died and it kinda sucks to not be able to revisit a topic that many were not able to participate in originally.
I like to search for keywords that relate to my life and if I find a great thread from a year ago, it's really too bad that I cannot post my thoughts on the topic. And while that may seem selfish, I would guess there are many new users that hadn't seen the thread and may want to continue the discussion as well.
So, that was my feeling on the matter but after seeing stasis's post, I assume this kind of thing won't be a big deal and I do not have to fear banishment. Should I PM an admin if I have any question on whether I can pull up an old thread?
12-17-2008, 08:12 AM
Should I PM an admin if I have any question on whether I can pull up an old thread?
You can, but you are likely to receive a more timely reply if you PM that kind of question to the moderator assigned to the subforum in which you'd like to post. The mods and subforum assignments are listed on our forum index (http://intjforum.com/index.php) beneath the description for each subforum. That information can also be found in forum leaders (http://intjforum.com/showgroups.php).
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