Could we make threads auto lock if they haven't been commented on for 2 months

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by opendata, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. opendata

    opendata Advanced Member

    Oct 23, 2016
    It's just so annoying seeing someone comment on a thread that hasn't been commented on for 2 months.

    Also is this the right section.
  2. PR0r

    PR0r GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 28, 2009
    Why create a new thread if one already exists? Sorry but this idea isn't good.

    Also could we make threads auto lock if they're posted in the wrong section? Like this. It's so annoying seeing new threads made in the wrong place!
    Last edited by PR0r, Nov 8, 2016
  3. Voxel

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  4. lordelan

    lordelan GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 4, 2015
    Why? Doesn't make any sense at all.
    It leads to more threads about the same topic.
    Also sometimes someone finds out about a thread through the search bar and can contribute or at least use it to ask something else even after two months. So this is pointless.
  5. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

    Nov 6, 2005
    United States
    Foggy California
    Necroing a thread is a time honored forum tradition.
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  6. Marko76

    Marko76 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Aug 19, 2015
    United Kingdom
    Its not pointless because if you read the rules you will find its against the rules to necrobump threads (ie post in a thread that has not been posted in for a while) the reason for this rule is that the homebrew world is fast moving and things change on a daily basis so the rule is in place to try and stop people getting out of date information that could potentially damage or brick their machines.
  7. lordelan

    lordelan GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 4, 2015
    Got that point but anyone who's following old tutorials without even looking whether there are newer ones already can't be helped. :P
    Also that's what the stickies are for which in most cases are kept up to date. ;)
  8. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Pointlessly bumping is against the rules, bumping with a reason is fine*

    *as a great video once said "It is always better to post in an existing thread than start a new one".

    Homebrew is not always fast moving either, the wii u is in a bit of a state of flux, as is the vita and the 3ds has calmed a bit (what you knew 3 months is probably still OK at this point, and more broadly install custom firmware or sky3ds is still what goes) but is not perhaps as stable as some other consoles. ROM hacking is almost never fast moving, I know some games have updates but even they tend not to radically redo things. Threads in off topic generally are fine (new developments in cases/news stories, DVD release of films/TV shows hit, hearing someone else's favourite whatever is fine by me).

    Short version. There are many good reasons to post in old threads, people needlessly bumping old threads is not a major problem on the forums and the report button and moderators are there for a reason.
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  9. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Former Staff
    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    Indeed. If a dev comes up with a new version for his app, it makes the most sense to release it in the same old thread instead of opening a new one.

    Also, an user might have the same issue another user faced in the past and ask for clarifications in the same thread. And so it goes on.
  10. Attacker3

    Attacker3 GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 24, 2015
    Underground, in my mother's basement.
    No, because I have the right as the OP to necropost on my own thread, it's in the rules.
  11. TotalInsanity4

    TotalInsanity4 GBAtemp Supreme Overlord

    Dec 1, 2014
    United States
    Under a rock
    Is it possible to lock a thread for everyone except the OP, or would that be too difficult to implement?
  12. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    There is already the functionality to tell the OP apart from the others (if memory serves it is how the database works too), not to mention the allow editing functionality. However why would we do that? Necro posting is not a major problem faced on the forums.
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