posted on Nov, 19 2011 @ 02:24 AM
I just left the latest installment of members having to be reminded to behave on certain subjects, and I saw something that reminded me of the
repetition of subjects here on ATS, and the search function.
As many of us know we have a search function, that works well btw, but doesn't always let you know that it has been written before do to something as
simple as you used different wording. Now if this happens then there is no harm in making a mistake, and getting it removed, or closed. No harm... no
But what happens when you see a thread already done. Of course if it was recent you can of course write your post and revive it, which in turn will
place the subject back in recent topics, but there is something else.
If the thread is 6-12 months old, and you have something new to add, you can in fact write another thread.
There is no way that the amount of info here does not sometimes reemerge. with sometimes a new perspective, and info.
I know that sometimes you can lose your thread, to newer news. You can add new info to your existing thread, which will give it a bump. There is no
harm in that.
With that said, there is no real reason that 2 or more of the same (recently made) threads should emerge. If one the search function is used, and 2 it
is quite old, and you may have a new and refreshing look into something that maybe some newer members have never seen.
Knowing this can seriously cut down on mods having to remove recently duplicated threads. I know that till this day I will go to recent posts and see
something that someone revived after 3 years, and I loved it, and flagged it.
And anytime someone can show me something, especially if its been hiding here for so long and I didn't catch it, its an automatic thanks for bumping
this thread, and an automatic star.
If people knew that they can re-do a thread as long as you had new info, ideas, and at least a 6 month window, and new perspectives, people would try
harder use the search function, and if someone does come in to remind them that it was done before, they can in turn show a date of the last thread,
and point out that they have "new" info, without a problem.
BTW, I share this because I have done this. I always use the search function (I think one time I didn't and it was closed), and if I truly had
something great to say, I could either make sure that there was a decent size window to redo the thread, or it is important enough that though its not
mine, to revive an already written thread, and share my finding.
Either way, its the message that counts.