MANY QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS HAVE LIVED FOR UP TO TWO OR THREE YEARS! THERE ARE ALSO TOPICS THAT HAVE BEEN COMMENTED ON SO OFTEN IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND THE BEGINNING!
Has the time arrived where the site to move forward in it's maturity and limit the time a subject can be commented on or the amount of comments?
I am not taking a position on this. I am as guilty as other by commenting on a posting that was started as much as a year or two ago. I feel, though that the site has gotten "out of control" in some areas.
YOUR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
If you see any portion of a thread go too far off topic, we are happy to break it out into its own conversation to shorten a threads length, keep the conversation focused, and make it easier to find the newly branched conversation.
Just send me (NathalieF) a direct message and tell me what you're seeing
My personal take is that zombie threads which have been resurrected with current information should be split off into a new thread.
Regarding multi-page threads.... I am more likely to read through an entire thread if it's 10 pages or less. Any more than that and I will just read the first page and the last.
I agree with branching off when the topic changes. Sometimes the topic is dated and should be closed. I agree that in some cases an old thread can still be relevant. I don't think that a set rule would apply but they should be looked at on an individual bases. What does happen is when a thread becomes really long, the post will go to the end regardless of where the post that is being referenced is. To me, this is a problem.
I agree with IAHFLYR's and californian's assertion that sometimes an old thread can still be relevant. As a relative MRI newb (< 1year), sometimes I'll see a long-timer restart an old but interesting thread with a reply, and I wouldn't have even been aware the thread existed had that person not revived it. So I guess I'm more of a proponent of "Let the thread wither and die on its own." I mean once it started snowing in 98% (it seemed) of the country, "What are you grilling this fall" went peacefully -- but never to be forgotten.
If a person starts a thread that should be dated, example: spring 2014 promotion, could you allow that person to add an expiration date and automatically close it on that date?