Why do people re-open ancient threads?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Sonoran Silkies, Mar 19, 2012.

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  1. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Some threads are old, but continually posted to--those in the "Where Am I? Where Are You?" section or the breed specific threads in the "Breeds" section, but it seems like lately I see a thread pop up to the top of the list in the sections I frequent that look interesting, or that I have previously responded to and when I open it up, the thread has not been active for years. Unless it is an update from the OP, it really does not make sense.

    I can understand those who respond to the new poster who reopened the thread--I've done that, only to realize later that the thread was actually several years old. But it seems like you would have to HUNT for a thread that old, so what is the purpose in doing so and re-opening it?
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I've seen this too. The nearest I have come is that perhaps the topic was found in a search for information and once the poster got to reading it responded, completely forgetting it was an old thread discovered in a search versus a recent thread.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    It just seems to be happening a lot more recently.
  4. Orpingtons4U

    Orpingtons4U Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    Central Virginia
    Yeah *Makes sure this thread was just made* LOL :lol: :lol: :lol: :D ;)
  5. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Most of the resurrections that I have seen lately have been done by someone who has just joined, so maybe they aren't noticing how old the thread is?:confused:
  6. kimmypie

    kimmypie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2010
    I bet part of the reason why is that sometimes people are told to not start a new thread but to search through the old ones. When I've searched they aren't sorted by date order or anything so people may not even be looking at the date.
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Hmmm, when I search, mine are always date ordered. I do think that searching for information before posting is reasonable, but if the thread is ancient, I think a new thread should be started. But it seems like a lot of the replies are to threads that really don't seem like something someone would be searching for--like in the "What Breed or Gender Is This?" section.
  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Have only noticed this with new members. I guessed that they were searching the topic on an external engine, found a thread relevant to their interest , signed-up, and posted. Used to see this in EDC subforum (sick poultry - post in old thread/get info. - never post again). Overall, unless the old thread was very specific to a single person & place & breed & variety & condition & attribute or aspect, I consider most `chook' threads gone by to be merely held in reserve, in a box in a rack, hoping for resurrection... [​IMG]
  9. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    I think it is because not many folks are posting new topics anymore.

    Then when folks post about something that has been discussed prior, they are rudely instructed to use the search bar.

    I personally like to see the good old threads again. Some really good ones out there.

    Thats my opinion anyway, for what thats worth...
  10. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Personally, I don't understand the problem with opening old threads.
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