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Old 05-26-15, 05:22 AM
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Just wondering how long threads stay in the forum memory. I see old threads revived after many years and wondering how this happens. Could the very first thread be pulled back up and if so what was it about? Aero versus light weight?, how's my fit look?, or would dropping weight from my bike make me faster? These seem to pop up quite frequently.

I personally don't mind the old threads be resurrected. Just wondering how far we could go back in time?
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The staff has set a point where the earlier posts are archived, they appear in a more compressed form, no graphics, sig lines or avatars in what you are seeing, just text. I am not sure what the date in the past is where things get done this way. Maybe you could ask this in the sub-forum, for questions about forum actions, and problems.

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Just wondering how long threads stay in the forum memory. I see old threads revived after many years and wondering how this happens. Could the very first thread be pulled back up and if so what was it about? Aero versus light weight?, how's my fit look?, or would dropping weight from my bike make me faster? These seem to pop up quite frequently.

I personally don't mind the old threads be resurrected. Just wondering how far we could go back in time?
Speaking as someone who goes back quite a ways with this forum (12.5 years!) ...

There have been one or two changes to the database so the threads prior to about 2004 or 2005 are a bit sketchy. There might be a few from 2002 and a few from 2003, and possibly some a little bit earlier than that, but unfortunately not the complete set.

Among the lost are Rowan's and my first communication. My husband, Rowan, and I met on this forum in early 2003 when I posted a thread asking if anyone were going to the Paris-Brest-Paris that year. He responded that he was ... if I recall correctly we exchanged a few more comments and that was it until we met in person by accident on the PBP that August.
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Old threads (a/k/a Zombie Threads) do get bumped sometimes.

Personally, I think once a thread reaches a certain age (like no entries for >1 year) it should not be allowed to be bumped except maybe by the OP to update it. But I don't make the rules.

Every now and then some knucklehead bumps a bunch of old threads, which usually results in locks and/or ban. Go ahead and try it for yourself and see what happens!!
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Originally Posted by tjk23
I see old threads revived after many years and wondering how this happens.
People Google for an answer, and reply to what they find, without checking the date.

Also, some threads get revived by spammers. Then the current members reply to the earlier posts in the thread without checking the date, while the one spam post gets deleted by the mods.

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Among the lost are Rowan's and my first communication. My husband, Rowan, and I met on this forum in early 2003 when I posted a thread asking if anyone were going to the Paris-Brest-Paris that year. He responded that he was ... if I recall correctly we exchanged a few more comments and that was it until we met in person by accident on the PBP that August.
That's a great story :-)
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Originally Posted by Machka
Speaking as someone who goes back quite a ways with this forum (12.5 years!) ...

There have been one or two changes to the database so the threads prior to about 2004 or 2005 are a bit sketchy. There might be a few from 2002 and a few from 2003, and possibly some a little bit earlier than that, but unfortunately not the complete set.

Among the lost are Rowan's and my first communication. My husband, Rowan, and I met on this forum in early 2003 when I posted a thread asking if anyone were going to the Paris-Brest-Paris that year. He responded that he was ... if I recall correctly we exchanged a few more comments and that was it until we met in person by accident on the PBP that August.
That's pretty awesome! Congrats you kids!
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Bike forums love connection. Congrats Machka, great story.
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A google search shows a few threads from 1999: site:bikeforums.net thread with a date range from 1990 to 1999.

Some things never change:

Titanium, steel, aluminum, carbon?


What lube do you like?

Best road bike for under $1200? including post 10 from 2005: "I love these threads back from the dead."
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The thread from 99 is cool. Don't often see things from before my time. Recognized a few names I haven't seen in a long time.
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I remember when Lotek was our lord and master. A lot of interesting posters have come and gone since I signed on.

Anyways, people do a search, find a suitable thread, and post to it. I think most times they are unaware the thread is several years old. Many times, the new respondents are also unaware; then someone posts a zombie thread GIF or picture and we all get a laugh.
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Lotek is still around but not as frequent as in the past, to be sure. Same is true of me too.

I think you're pretty much spot on with the origins of the zombies.
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Maybe some day in the future THIS will be a zombie thread!!
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This could be like a time capsule.
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I joined Bike forums in 2008, and became an enthusiast for the Annual Fifty-Plus Forum Rides that began in 2009, having ridden in Rides II, III, V and VI. This is the only “tradition” of the Forums that I can recall, of those I read. Dnvr Fox, the originator of the Annual Rides, started a sticky thread on Fifty Plus, A ”Chronicle of the 50+ Annual Rides", including links to the Ride descriptions.

I thought this was a cool idea to keep that tradition alive, but for some reason it was removed as a sticky, and slid down into the sands of time as do all threads. alan s posted this observation about the active life of a typical thread:

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You do realize that once this is out of the top 5 threads, no one will read it, and after it drops off the first page, it is ancient history. Good luck keeping it active and getting anything useful out of it.
I was thinking about a name for those threads that defy time and keep on going...going, with thousands of (mostly inane) replies. How about "Methuselah threads"? ...

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I have an inaugural BF Jersey jersey from 2001-02. Done by Sugoi when Sugoi was still a "new" name. Kind of cool and kind of ugly at the same time.

I still wear it occasionally.

I didn't look but I'd guess the threads concerning its development and etc. are still around.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Dnvr Fox, the originator of the Annual Rides, started a sticky thread on Fifty Plus, A ”Chronicle of the 50+ Annual Rides", including links to the Ride descriptions.

I thought this was a cool idea to keep that tradition alive, but for some reason it was removed as a sticky, and slid down into the sands of time as do all threads.

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I have an inaugural BF Jersey jersey from 2001-02....
Hey Walter,

FYA, when I looked for that thread, ”Chronicle of the 50+ Annual Rides", it turns out that you were the Moderator that originally made it a sticky,

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Thread is now a stickie.
but now it's gone as such, but still lives on through my posts.

PS: I'm planning to suggest a 7th Annual Fifty-Plus Ride in Boston in July, pending final decision on a date to be decided by the organization sponsoring the ride (Mass Bike).

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Sounds good. I can actually post in that forum now.
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