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Daniel Prene
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Locked topics are driving me nuts! They tend to acumulate and really clutter certain forums. Is it feasible to impliment a system that auto-deletes locked topics after a certain amount of time? Just a humble suggustions...

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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Daniel,
Locked forums do drop off the first page after enough new posts are created. And they would have to stay for quite a while so someone would know where their post went when they next visit the site.

So now you run into the paradox that you need to keep locked threads for recent posts and that locked threads in old posts aren't as annoying.

Out of curiousity, which forum seems cluttered?


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Daniel Prene
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Joined: Jul 15, 2005
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The jsp forum has 10 locked posts on the first page... I was just throwing the idea out there... What if instead of locking it was deleted and a notification was sent? Or if when it is relocated the user becomes able to delete the original post? If you think about it off topic posts are never moved or relocated, they just get cloned and continue to sit there wasting space.

Just ideas... I doubt they'll be taken seriously... or are even worth of being taken seriously


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Bear Bibeault
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The JSP forum seems to get more than its fair share of misplaced posts. Could be because it's near the top of the list, could be because many people get their introduction to Java by adopting JSP.

In any case, the forum software gives us two choices: move and delete, or move and lock. If we used the former, posters -- especially greenhorns -- would have no way to figure out where it went to.

I suppose the bartenders could delete all posts but the first and edit that one to say where the post has been moved to. Or, assuming that the poster hasn't blocked emails and PMs, send a message.

But all of that takes time. And like all the other volunteers at this site, I have only a limited amount of time I can spend on the Ranch. I'd rather be using it to answer questions, personally.


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