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i don't understand why it is supposed to be a bad thing to use older threads again which is called "necro bumping" by a lot of forum members.

 

i always thought we are supposed to use the search function before starting a new thread to avoid multiple threads for the same topic.

 

so maybe the forum team should make clear for the community if we should rather use the search function and use existing threads or rather start always new threads for the same topic to avoid "necro bumping".

 

if there is already an old thread about something which becomes up-to-date again for some member why not use that old existing thread for it??

 

if the team decides against "necro bumping" then the search function is not needed anymore and all those older thread should be closed to avoid any newer replies in them.

 

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Jimmy

There's no particular use or requirement for using old topics or as they call it "grave digging" or "bumping" them. This is the first I've heard of someone associating the term "necro". And no, the forum team doesn't have to make it clear regarding when you should bump a topic and when you shouldn't. The "when" question solely depends upon using common sense. If you are still unsure at a particular point, just PM a Community Staff or Moderator on the subject.

 

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if there is already an old thread about something which becomes up-to-date again for some member why not use that old existing thread for it??

It happens a lot of times, if the content is too relevant or simply a new thread is started to keep the fact more up to date. This may happen when the OP (original topic poster) is different or no longer active or when it is felt that the old posts don't need attention compared to new details.

 

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if the team decides against "necro bumping" then the search function is not needed anymore and all those older thread should be closed to avoid any newer replies in them.

Once again, there is no particular time for it. The staff can't go around finding dead topics and locking them. If there's an old, dead topic; better to leave it in the current state than bringing any unnecessary attention to it. If a situation arises when unneeded new replies are posted, it is brought to the attention of a particular staff member who in turn closes the topic.

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46 minutes ago, Jimmy said:

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It happens a lot of times, if the content is too relevant or simply a new thread is started to keep the fact more up to date. This may happen when the OP (original topic poster) is different or no longer active or when it is felt that the old posts don't need attention compared to new details.

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yes, but even in those cases there is almost everytime someone coming into the thread complaining that it was "necro bumping" or whatever it also might be called.

that's just annoying.

that's why i would like some rule or announcement from the team how they think about this matter.

something like, is it ok to "necro bump" a thread if it is the same topic or rather start a newer duplicate

thread?

and also, if it is not ok using old threads again, how old can these threads be to still use them and when are they too old to be digged out again.

 

for me it is common sense to use an already exisiting thread for the same topic no matter how old the thread is.

i don't want to start new duplicate threads just because the existing ones are old.

too many duplicate threads just cluster the forums and make them more chaotic.

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Posted (edited)

here is another recent example:

https://gtaforums.com/topic/700551-how-do-you-level-up-strength/page/2/

(the last post on the last page)

the moderator machbud1 closed that thread just because of "necro bumping".

 

why?

what's so bad about using old existing threads for the same topic instead of starting new ones??

i really don't get it.

 

edit: by the way the forum rules say to this issue: "do not bump a topic unless needed".

so if you have something new to contribute to the topic it should be totally ok to use an older thread.

the rules also say "double posting is frowned upon".

so better use an existing thread instead of double posting.

or am i wrong?

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Jason

The rule about not making duplicate threads and using the search feature is mainly there to stop people who are looking for easily attainable information but they just can't be arsed spending 1 minute to look for it.

 

As for necroing, it depends on context really. If it's a thread seeking information it is generally better to start a new thread to get up to date information. If it's a thread to discuss something specific and unchanging, say something like a thread about a TV show or film, then old threads and posts are still relevant.

 

Even then, it's entirely up to the staff making the decision. Sometimes it's just better to start a fresh new discussion regardless of context.

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1 hour ago, size_m said:

why?

 

1 hour ago, size_m said:

"do not bump a topic unless needed".

His post was unneeded and added no new information to a very basic topic that's been covered thousands of times in topics and videos across the internet.

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