Solved Possible to unlock old threads?

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July 8, 2013 at 12:50:14
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I understand the reasoning sometimes for wanting to lock an old thread. But sometimes I think it would be nice to go back, at least to threads I started, and update it with new information I found, especially if think it might help other people or give them guidance. You can learn a lot overtime since you first post a thread. I know you can just start a new one, but as a technically orientated person I like to avoid "clutter" where possible.

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July 9, 2013 at 07:28:34
Hey,

Quick Update: Based on Analyst's recommendation, I have changed the system. Anyone with over 300 points can post to any thread.

It seems to make sense to me. If it becomes a problem, I'll turn it off.

Thanks!
Justin



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July 8, 2013 at 13:17:58
This was discussed some time ago here:
http://www.computing.net/answers/thelounge/editorial-policy-of-this-site/1767.html

Although this would at times be useful in practice it doesn't work and would actually cause more problems than it solves.

I believe that with the current forum software even a moderator cannot unlock a locked thread. If members could do it the lock would serve little purpose.


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July 8, 2013 at 13:46:11
Analyst,

LMiller7 is right. No one, not even me, can post on an older thread. I realize there could be times it might be useful, but, in general, it would be way to complex to try to keep track of those times. I mean, the only thing I could think of would be allowing a person with above X number of posts reply to any thread. However, where does the threshold make sense? It could be abused as well.

Justin


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July 8, 2013 at 16:03:46
The other thing is that old threads (or anything else for that matter) go to the bottom of the pile in Google search, making them very difficult to find. If you have a "fix" you can always create an "information" post on the appropriate forum, or even better create a HowTo.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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July 9, 2013 at 07:28:34
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Hey,

Quick Update: Based on Analyst's recommendation, I have changed the system. Anyone with over 300 points can post to any thread.

It seems to make sense to me. If it becomes a problem, I'll turn it off.

Thanks!
Justin


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July 9, 2013 at 08:56:06
Thanks, Justin. Just so you have an example of one of the things that prompted me to ask about this... awhile ago I made a post asking for people's experience using PoE switches, specifically for physical security infrastructure.
http://www.computing.net/answers/ne...

Since I made that post, I've learned a lot by trial and error and wanted to give feedback on my experience. It just makes sense to me to update my original post rather than start another one. But I can see your point, too.

I think your solution is a good compromise worth trying. And if it doesn't work out, then just go back to the original policy. Thanks for being flexible.

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July 9, 2013 at 10:26:04
Analyst,

I see. Yeah, I agree... Getting 300 points is pretty hard, so I don't think anyone with that many points would abuse the system. Hopefully it works out.

Thanks bringing it to my attention :)

Justin


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July 9, 2013 at 12:34:47
Is it still going to email the OP? If an issue I was looking to fix 6 months ago generated a new post, I'm not sure I'd care.

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July 10, 2013 at 05:30:51
Razor2.3,

Yeah it will, but I don't envision too many people responding to the older posts. If it becomes a problem, I can disable that too. I hadn't even considered that though, nice thinking!

Justin


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