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Originally posted by xpert11
reply to post by ipsedixit
Secondly there is the ATS issues thread that is ideal for the sort of issue that you have raised .
Topics are already done to death on ATS as it is without repeat threads making an appearing .
Originally posted by asmeone2
Sometimes we get exact duplicate threads--especially in Breaking News. In that case it is superfluous so they tend to get shut down.
Originally posted by ipsedixit
I considered putting this topic into the ATS Issues thread but did not because I saw it as another big thread where the issue would be lost except to people who periodically check the most recent posts in that thread.
This goes to the heart of the point I am trying to make here. Issues are done to death on ATS for long time ATSers, but not for new people.
If they can't start new threads on old topics, then there is a kind of price of admission to post, the price being, use the search engine first, read a bunch of threads to see where you fit in and if you are lucky, what you wanted to say hasn't already been said in the thread of your choice.
Isn't there a danger of turning what is supposed to be a discussion forum into a body of work?
His would be an exaggerated case, and a special case, but the exaggeration makes the point in a way about what faces the newbie entering a topic that they know little about.
Originally posted by kinglizard
Anyway the policy is for duplicate threads to be closed if the previous thread on the same subject has been active in the last 2 to 4 weeks.