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Date: 3/7/13 2:00 PM

I've notice a few in the last few weeks of people continuing a message thread that is years old and no new activity since then. Maybe it would be better just to start a new thread. When you do that you are bringing up information that is years old and in some cases no longer viable in the present. Just a thought. I can see keeping a old thread open if there is continual posting, but the ones I've seen recently aren't the case. We have a good search system here to look up and read older posts if you want older information. I've seen more then once people replying to the original poster when the thread is 4 years old.

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Date: 3/7/13 2:18 PM

I agree. I've seen threads where people try to answer questions the original poster asked many years before. In some cases, the original poster no longer participates on PR. In one case, the original poster was sadly no longer even alive.

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Date: 3/7/13 10:21 PM

If someone drags a topic out from the basement they should at least say WARNING OLD TOPIC BUMPED UP sometimes the previous info is handy particularly if it is a timeless type of question...like how to install a zipper

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Date: 3/8/13 1:30 AM

Do you think if you are the original poster you should start a new post at any rate? Just curious about your opinion. Sometimes I have posted on one I started that may be close to a year or more old.
Thank you for bringing this up as I had not thought of it maybe better to start a new topic.

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Date: 3/8/13 8:21 AM

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Do you think if you are the original poster you should start a new post at any rate?

Deepika (the forum "Mom" and owner) can probably best answer this question. There might be space limits on # of topics after a while. I really don't know, but the software for PR might have limits or old topics may roll off, some with good info in the answers, into netherspace.

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Date: 3/8/13 9:15 AM

I just posted in a thread that was started in 2011 because I thought the thread was inspiring--sewing 30 minutes a day, and sewists wanting to re-commit. I do find when new threads are started by someone looking for info, people do not answer the question directly, they reference old threads.
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Date: 3/8/13 9:53 AM

I don't think anyone is trying to suggest that older threads should never be restarted. Reviving the 30-minute a day sewing thread is fine, but it's unlikely that anyone benefits from some of the other old threads that have been revived.

For example, if someone asked for information back in 2004, it's silly to assume the original poster or anyone else on PR is still interested. I've seen threads in which someone asks a quick question about a simple project they're working on, the question is quickly answered, the thread lies dormant for half a decade, and then someone revives the thread, and people start giving specific suggestions on how to sew a project that was completed years ago by someone who doesn't even participate on PR anymore.

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Date: 3/8/13 10:00 AM

I wasn't talking about threads that are continuing posted on. Or pinned topics. I've just seen more then once someone replying to a thread that 4 or 5 years old.

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Date: 3/8/13 1:19 PM

Yeah, like" should I buy this machine on ebay the auction is over in an hour?"....five years ago...duh!!! sorry
HOWEVER there is a TON of fabulous info in the archives for timeless things...I refer to the coverstitch ones over and over even though they are years old. Another option would be to start a topic fresh but link the old topic if it has info that can be used. There are lots of upholstery and slipcover topics that would apply in this circumstance.

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Date: 3/8/13 2:42 PM

The topic is what posting should be based upon and KC is right in bringing this type of post into the sunshine.

And.....ebay posts should not be continued past prime time (offer expired/item sold).

And, when someone has a problem, address the problem. I don't want your life story, I just care about the member who made the original post!

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