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    What do you think about restarting old threads?

    Annoying?

    In some cases, the thread is so old that they have become irrelevant, yet what you want to talk about about is still related. Would it be a better idea to just start a new thread?

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    Some people have "hangups" with it, I don't. How many times have you read where someone chirps up with "you know your responding to a *blank* year old post dont'cha?". My thought is that the response is to a conversation, not to a date in time.

    As long as the response is relevant to the conversation, I say bring it on. However, I believe I'm in the minority on this issue. Oh well...

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    Many times a posters brings up a topic only to be pounded by several "do a search DS" type responses.

    Can't win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juggler2 View Post
    Some people have "hangups" with it, I don't. How many times have you read where someone chirps up with "you know your responding to a *blank* year old post dont'cha?". My thought is that the response is to a conversation, not to a date in time.

    As long as the response is relevant to the conversation, I say bring it on. However, I believe I'm in the minority on this issue. Oh well...
    I'm with you. Sometimes a topic can pique folks' interest later, and there is nothing wrong with reviving it. If people dont like it, they should just move on rather than cluttering the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
    Annoying?

    In some cases, the thread is so old that they have become irrelevant, yet what you want to talk about about is still related. Would it be a better idea to just start a new thread?
    What annoys me is when a newbie bumps a super-old thread to "talk to" people who are long gone. If they dredge up a thread to add new information, or update their own thread, it's not so bad. And if it's to ask a related question, it should only be if they did their best to search for it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Many times a posters brings up a topic only to be pounded by several "do a search DS" type responses.

    Can't win!

    HA! Those people really annoy me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WingSuit View Post
    I'm with you. Sometimes a topic can pique folks' interest later, and there is nothing wrong with reviving it. If people dont like it, they should just move on rather than cluttering the thread.
    On the plus side, pissing off people like this is always a good thing...but there's probably no reason for any more posts on flat tires.

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    If the topic is a very specific question which has been asked and answered 8 years ago, it is a little annoying when someone ressurects it by answering the question again ... because we suspect that the OP has figured out whatever it was all those years ago, or if he hasn't, he has moved on by now. In some cases, the OP of that old thread isn't even on the forums anymore.

    But if the topic is more general ... "how do you change a flat" ... those could probably keep going and going and going.

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    I think it's funny and entertaining to revive old threads just to annoy people.

    Actually, I saw some old threads I think when I started posting here. Some were on the questions I had in my head but not as expanded as I wanted. So, I asked more questions.
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    This topic has been discussed as far back as 2006.

    There's really no reason to start a new thread on it.

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    It's also a good idea to have a look at what's been posted on the first 2 or 3 pages. Every now and then we have someone post a question that is identical to something that was posted a few days prior ... and that's when most of the "do a search" comments will come out.

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    Make sure you have a good tap, and clean any debris from the old threads first. compressed air is useful here. use lots of cutting fluid, and if possible start chasing the threads from the backside where there is likely less stripping.

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    Why not?

    There's no law that says everybody has to open or respond to every single thread. If they don't like it, they don't have to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
    This topic has been discussed as far back as 2006.

    There's really no reason to start a new thread on it.
    Says the man with a 2012 join date.

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    For me, it depends on the signal to noise ratio

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    Is there a list of set rules we must follow? Did the newbie offend a moderator by asking a question on a topic covered some time ago? Is it your board where you have the right to complain?
    The folks complaining about the same questions being asked over and over have no patients and would never make good teachers.
    Just bypass the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
    What do you think about restarting old threads?
    In a sense, most of the new threads are re-visitations of old topics so there's not much difference. The drawback in my opinion is that the original poster and respondents may not be around any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
    In a sense, most of the new threads are re-visitations of old topics so there's not much difference. The drawback in my opinion is that the original poster and respondents may not be around any more.
    You mean like 'what's the best light for commuting?' threads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
    You mean like 'what's the best light for commuting?' threads?
    True the answers can change from year to year. It could be interesting to see the history sometimes, all in one thread.

    My perspective is do what you want in opening new threads, re-opening ancient ones, or whatever. I personally won't be annoyed unless I get suckered by an old troll.

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    Yes. It is a "forum" after all, which is a place for open discussion, not some musty repository of information with a quiet sign hanging over it. You post a question as much to engage in a live exchange as to simply get a factual answer. Posting a question is a search, a search for active participants who want to respond and may have something relevant to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
    This topic has been discussed as far back as 2006.

    There's really no reason to start a new thread on it.
    HAHA! I guessed I should have "Looked it up DS" @Mr. Beanz

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