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Revival of Old Threads

Discussion in 'Suggestions to Improve ScubaBoard' started by bleeb, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. bleeb

    bleeb Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
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    Every now and then, you see someone post to a thread that hasn't been active for years. (The record I've seen is 2001.) It seems to be mainly SB newcomers that have trouble noticing things like posting dates in the busy screen layout. Sometimes reviving an old topic is useful, but more often it'll be questions or advice to someone who may not even have logged on for a long time. And they get frustrated when they feel they're being ignored.

    Maybe this has already been considered, or can't be easily done with vBulletin, but something like a popup window or an intermediate 'are you sure' web page pointing out that a thread may be out of date could help reduce the amount of 'noise'. Something like 'This thread has been inactive for more than a year (or six months, or something). Are you sure you still want to post to it?' This gives the pertinent information, but also the option to continue anyway. This also has minimum impact on SB regulars who wouldn't generally run into this. Messages inserted in the existing text tend to get lost in all the other information on the page, especially if it's scrolled off the screen.
     
  2. DennisS

    DennisS Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    4,169
    497
    Maybe we could carry it one step further, when someone posts a new thread on B/P-wings, Snorkels, Spare Air, What is DIR, they could automatically be redirected to one of the many existing threads.
     
  3. do it easy

    do it easy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicagoland, USA
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    6
    I kinda enjoy it when Zombie threads get reaninmated. It's kinda like Halloween, but more random.
     
  4. El Orans

    El Orans ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Netherlands
    16,452
    43
    Each thread displays the start date.
     
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    62,706
    31,335
    We have noted how old some threads are... yet peeps still want to pursue them.
     
  6. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    11,518
    1,727
    And some are worth dredging up now and then.
     
  7. ONESPEED

    ONESPEED ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Top of the Food Chain
    8,014
    1,137
    There's an existing Spare Air thread? :huh:
     
  8. El Orans

    El Orans ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Netherlands
    16,452
    43
  9. ONESPEED

    ONESPEED ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Top of the Food Chain
    8,014
    1,137
  10. Missdirected

    Missdirected Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tampa
    13,653
    8
    Hrmmmm, I don't think anyone has ever brought this up j/k. This has been debated many, many, many, many times.
     

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