reply to post by smyleegrl
I guess it depends on the content. IF the thread you intend to create is merely a rehash of the same content, it's mostly a waste.
Now, let me explain that statement. I'm sure, like me, everyone else appreciates the time it takes to create a thread, and the effort involved in
keeping a discussion going. When I say waste I mean..... Everything stored on this site, every character typed, is stored somewhere, and backed up.
This is expensive, and simply makes economic sense to reduce the amount of wasted storage.
But... Like you said, some threads are old, and mostly dead. If you are attempting to expand on a new area of an already posted topic, new thread
what I think concerns me and some others is the percentage of people on the internet who just want to hear themselves speak.
Take a look at the 9/11 area. That's what we are trying to avoid, a billion threads all rehashing the same information. Hell, someone posted one
today rehashing ALL the same information. It's 2012 people, we already freaking know ok, we already HAVE that information, HAVE for years, and have
hundreds of threads dissecting it already.
the other point I try to keep in mind is, pretend you are a first time user to ATS and really have no knowledge of a subject, so you come here to get
what works better for you.... A handful of long, but content filled, threads, or a billion unrelated mix mashed threads, most of which contain the
same content.I honestly feel if we were more strict with the "already posted" and kept discussions in a single central thread, we've have a much
better time here, but that's me.
Anyways, I think you need to play it by ear, first step would be trying to revive the thread that is already present, it does happen. If that fails,
create a new thread, referencing the old thread and content, but clearly defining the difference and reason for the new thread.
Whenever threads like that pop up they tend not to get closed down.