Post by Kylie90210 on Sept 26, 2012 23:38:52 GMT -5
I've noticed that a lot of lurkers/new people seem to feel intimidated by the amount of pages in some of our old threads. And I was wondering, do you feel that we should retire some of the old threads to Yesterday's News, where they can still be read, and start new threads on the same topics?
I usually move inactive and smaller threads there anyway, but I'm mainly talking about the larger active threads that have a lot of pages.
Post by sparklymouse on Sept 27, 2012 19:35:08 GMT -5
I voted no because those threads have 6 years worth of history in them. I don't believe many people even go into the Yesterday's News section (I have a few times, but then I find stuff that I want to comment on and can't), so it's like throwing our conversations into a sad little dungeon never to be seen again. That is a hyperbole, but still.
(I love you, lovely lurkers. If you want to post, post. Nobody cares if you repeat something that's already been said.)
Post by oldhickory on Sept 27, 2012 20:50:13 GMT -5
^ i agree. a bunch of those threads have unanswered questions and conversations, and i would hate to continue a conversation in a new thread because the old thread is off-limits. and since a lot of those conversations happened before many of us joined, and hardly any of those members from six years ago are still active, reopening a discussion years later shouldn't be an issue. instead we should just make it clear to new members and lurkers that we encourage new posts! it makes reading the boards so much more interesting when we have more opinions.
I also voted no. I wouldn't like seeing our long threads "retired" to Yesterday's News. There's always new thoughts and opinions forming, and I like seeing our conversations evolving over time in the big threads.
We've had plenty of people join, make one or two posts, and then disappear. I'm sure there's lots of reasons people lose interest in the boards, but I wonder if some feel that us long-time members won't be welcoming to newbies. I love new people!
"Usually, I think my parents are dorks, but every now and then they come through." --Claudia Kishi
^Every now and then I wonder if we should "start over." Some of the more popular books have tons of pages while others only have a few. However, I also would never want to lose anyone's opinions be they older or newer. It can be fun to see how someone's pov may have changed or expanded with various re-reads and/or comments of others that got them thinking of something new. One of my favorite parts of our forum.
To answer the question, maybe if a thread has been totally deserted for 3 or more years we could vote on whether to retire it? As for lurkers, some folks just take awhile to sign up or simply enjoy from the sidelines. New voices are welcome and definitely can help stir up some new thoughts. I have noticed, mainly on the "today's birthdays," a lot of people maybe signed in years ago or posted never to return (to our knowledge). Perhaps that could be updated somehow.