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    Autolock old thread.

    It's really annoying when old threads are resurrected, have the potential to start an interesting discussion then get locked for the crime of necroing. If it isn't allowed to reply to threads over a certain age why not have them automatically locked so users aren't disappointed by having discussions arbitrarily shut down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dhrizzle View Post
    It's really annoying when old threads are resurrected, have the potential to start an interesting discussion then get locked for the crime of necroing. If it isn't allowed to reply to threads over a certain age why not have them automatically locked so users aren't disappointed by having discussions arbitrarily shut down?
    This is suggested all the time but the answer remains the same: old threads are perfectly fine if they are still relevant and there is no reason to close them just because they hit some arbitrary time threshold. Not only do we have lots and lots of active threads that are years old (including many popular megathreads), we get very few actual necros anyway. It's better to handle them on a case by case basis than automate something just because we might get one necro a month or whatever.

    Even if we did something where it only autoclosed threads that hadn't been active in X years, this would require custom forum modification and dev time which simply isn't worth it for such a low priority issue that rarely causes problems to begin with.

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    Just a few threads below this one:
    Quote Originally Posted by Tziva View Post
    This is suggested all the time but the answer remains the same: old threads are perfectly fine if they are still relevant and there is no reason to close them just because they hit some arbitrary time threshold. Not only do we have lots and lots of active threads that are years old (including many popular megathreads), we get very few actual necros anyway. It's better to handle them on a case by case basis than automate something just because we might get one necro a month or whatever.

    Even if we did something where it only autoclosed threads that hadn't been active in X years, this would require custom forum modification and dev time which simply isn't worth it for such a low priority issue that rarely causes problems to begin with.

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