posted on Sep, 13 2014 @ 02:43 PM
Certain forums it actually does make sense to lock down very old threads. Here are some examples:
A forum in which is involved in software of game engine development. I've been involved with these as a mod, and we lock the very old threads down
because the information in them many times is no longer valid (IE a newer version of the software is out, and the thread discusses a much older way of
doing something that is no longer done with the newer software.).
Hardware discussion forums for computers: Let's face it, if a really old thread on how to upgrade your existing x286 computer to a "newer" x386
computer, with a HUGE 20 Megabyte hard drive, and a WHOPPING 8 Megabytes of RAM, AND, a really new device called a CD-ROM......it's just a bit out of
Threads like that are rarely deleted, but normally end up locked as the information is not really relative anymore, nor is helping continue to develop
things that are newer at places like that.
Here at ATS? Well, I can agree with DWJ001 that if a thread is REALLY old, maybe it would be better to have a newer thread, with newer information,
especially if the OP of the original thread is no longer here (has not logged on in years, or was banned). I've done this myself, especially if there
is newer information, or a new type of angle to look at something.
Should they be locked? Well, some forums do, some don't. Their house means their rules.