posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 10:15 AM
Being a fairly new member , I am confused .
If I choose to discuss a topic that I don't find listed in the 'recent posts' board am I obligated to do a search to see if it has EVER been
discussed on ATS ?
If I find that it has , then am I obligated to post under that thread , even tho it has been lying dormant for several years ?
There are topics that I run across on the web that I feel a need to discuss and when I do a search on ATS I find that they were already discussed and
put to bed , in some cases 3 , 4 , or 5 years ago .
I have posted a thread or two , only to have someone come along and insert a post telling me this has been posted here already and is 'old' news . I
go and check this out , only to find that this topic was discussed in some thread that has been dormant for several years .
Then I see others , who come along and 'highjack' someone's thread by posting a similar , if not identical thread that contains verbatim material
that is being discussed in a currently posted thread on the recent posts board .
I feel that if a thread has been dormant for a considerable length of time , then the topic should be fair game for a new thread . What incentive
would a person have for posting under a thread that has been dead for years , only to have his opinion swallowed up by a thread which may already
contain 2-300 posts ?
Also , I bet most people , if they are like myself , are not going to read thru 2-300 individual posts on any given thread to see if their point has
been made and swallowed up by this thread already .
Then there are the times when you point out to the OP of a new thread that 'this' is being discussed here on the recent posts currently , but you
get ignored and the duplicate thread continues to roll right along . You message the staff , but get no response .
So , could someone please clue me in as to the protocols dealing with this dilema ?