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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Quoting Wocca

I was firstly going to congratulate you on your research ability, and the speed with which you posted a link.

Thank you W.

Ah! It's not the outline of the backpacker."This thread is closed" is within the bordered frame. I really do need stronger reading glasses

I guess the next logical step would be to consider under what circumstances a thread should be closed. Obviously when there is sufficient complaints. At other times, I've seen old posts pop up which are better left in the past. Perhaps after a certain period (say 3 - 6 months), a post could be archived. Still available for viewing but not for comment.

There are often recurring themes in new threads posted. With the number of threads in existence, there are too many to expect a new member to go and read.

Just a suggestion, that's all .....

12. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

At other times, I've seen old posts pop up which are better left in the past. Perhaps after a certain period (say 3 - 6 months), a post could be archived. Still available for viewing but not for comment.

Yes, I've been thinking of such a thing as well. We very rarely block posts at the moment. Only really when we can see it causing ongoing problems (ie, someone finds it in Google and then responds 6 months after the trouble has died down). Generally, I'd rather not block people from responding when at all possible, so I haven't made it a prominent feature (and have only used it 3 or 4 times). Certainly though, threads that have been inactive for 6 months probably should be considered closed topics.

Cheers,
Peter

13. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Generally, I'd rather not block people from responding when at all possible, so I haven't made it a prominent feature (and have only used it 3 or 4 times).

Glad to hear this, otherwise we're back to the whole censorship issue.

14. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Also, even if you do "close a thread" someone could simply just start another similar thread and continue. So again, I think Peter is right on track, in that he rarely takes this type of action.

15. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

The easiest way to "close" a thread is to ignore it, and by not posting in it. It will hit the back pages sooner than later. What's the point of closing or locking it, if it can be opened again by request? Rather seems to defeat the purpose altogether.

I agree with Pete, that it should only be done in extreme cases, and with Jeffrey, in that it brings it full circle again to the censorship issue.

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

If we start closing threads, then there's an implication that we have a time limit in which to post a reply. Even months after the fact, a thread can still be valid - say when a person returns from their 6-month vacation and picks up their vacation thread, or when a new member has an intersting or informative response to a topic we've long forgotten about. I can't imagine any valid reason to close a thread - unless they're taking up too much space, or are truly too offensive to keep around.

This censorship issue keeps coming up a lot. Maybe I'm out in left field on this, but isn't this a moot issue by now? It's been said before: as long as you follow the TP rules, it's all sunshine and pretty flowers!

17. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Glad to hear this, otherwise we're back to the whole censorship issue.

It is interesting that you mention the Cencorship Thread , because it was a classic example of the need to close/lock a thread. You may have missed it all last weekend. Many posts were later deleted and at least one editted.

In the absence of Peter & Sam, Sander found it necessary to instruct members NOT to post any further comments. This was ignored and comments kept coming.

There was also another recent thread which Hien jumped in and instructed members NOT to post any further comments.

18. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Forget locking/closing threads! What TP needs is a bouncer.

I volunteer!

Anyone getting lippy or being an annoying pain in the a*se, gets booted out for an undetermined length of time. Anyone taking themselves too seriously gets locked under the TP stairs, otherwise known the "The Hole", until they learn to lighten up again, and anyone caught posting under dual identities on the site will be barred for good.

I come with my own stun gun, and excellent self defense skills.

I would need a specially commissioned TP puffy jacket though with the words "Go on, TRY ME!" emblazoned on the back. Maybe Sam and Pete could stretch to this???

All in favour, say Ev?

19. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Quoting Travel100

Glad to hear this, otherwise we're back to the whole censorship issue.

It is interesting that you mention the Cencorship Thread , because it was a classic example of the need to close/lock a thread. You may have missed it all last weekend. Many posts were later deleted and at least one editted.

In the absence of Peter & Sam, Sander found it necessary to instruct members NOT to post any further comments. This was ignored and comments kept coming.

There was also another recent thread which Hien jumped in and instructed members NOT to post any further comments.

Just wanted to make clear that CLOSING threads is something which only Pete or myself can do (I've actually never even done this, so besides the 3 or 4 times Pete's done it, we keep well away from this option), although a member can make a call to all to stop posting until reviewed further (as happened in the case of Sander and Hien who knew that I was away and Peter on holiday).

I don't think either of those threads called for closing the thread though. A discussion on what should/shouldn't be censored being closed would be incredibly childish and somewhat counter productive even if I/we didn't agree with anyone/everyone's opinion; that's a large part of what forums are supposed to be about after all!!! Some posts definitely did warrant editing/deleting, but that is a different matter and again has more to do with breaching the simple forum rules (ie personal attacks etc.).

FYI, if a thread is closed, we wouldn't reopen it. Otherwise we wouldn't have closed it in the first place :)

20. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Thanks for the clarification Sam