Magi, maybe thats it though - if it's a small forum then they are going to have less huge threads. On here, can you imagine the strain if threads were left to go to 25,00 posts? There would be loooads of them, given how we all like to witter onarguechat shit discuss stuff till the death The servers on MN would collapse
See, because I'm not overly techie at all, I don't think about things like this.
But, you can alter threads on here to read as up to 100 posts per page, as Val says, this place is so huge, with so many different threads, wow, you would (I imagine) be spending large amounts of time waiting for threads to load if they were allowed to run and run ?
I don't know enough about servers etc and all that so I'll bow out now.
One piece of advice (gently, to you as a newbie) - never, ever, ever, ever question the techie side of it. Firstly mn is run <whispers> on some rather ancient software that can't cope with any of this, and secondly tech lives in the US somewhere, spends most of his time on a beach and gets a tad cranky if criticised.
Think of it as a lovely, old-fashioned, not working very well carousel in a French seaside town. Just be grateful it works at all.
Very rare that I've seen a thread really need to go past 1000 posts.
Admittedly soe get into a series of "off at a tangent" chats within the 1000 posts which can be a teeny bit annoying if it's a couple of factions having a slanging match rather than being associated with the main topic under discussion, but it's not that difficult to create a follow-up thread and post just before you get to 1000 posts, to say something like
the thread continues here
(of course you might get some "let's be the last on this thread" competition going on so you don't get chance to post the link, if you don't plan early enough ... eg post 970)