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ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 13:34:36

Dear MNHQ - I know this discussion has been had before but is it worth considering locking threads after a certain period of time, say a year or so, so that they don't suddenly appear in Active and prompt a bunch of new posters to reply to an OP that is several years old?

There's one on defibrillators that is 3.5 years old, that has just been reanimated by someone who works with defibrillators - I suspect a bot has trawled websites looking for "active" threads, which this one would appear to be as it's not locked out, and the poster has therefore posted on it.

What do you think about locking out zombie threads?

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 13:35:29

<groan> it's now on "Trending"...

LilacSpunkMonkey Sun 22-Nov-15 13:38:10

Yes please.

I know it's come up before but once a thread reaches a certain 'age' it's either no longer relevant or the OP is most likely long gone.

The other problem is, as has happened with the thread in question, people are still only reading the OP and posting at the end to have a go at them, when in actual fact the OP agreed and changed their mind - three and a half years ago!

Please can we have a cut off point for re-animating the dead?

magimedi Sun 22-Nov-15 14:29:42

Thumb I was just about to start a thread on this myself & you've beaten me to it.

I know I should look at the date of the first post before starting to read but I don't always. Anyhow, the date is not shown until you have opened the thread & hey, it's a Zombie thread.

There rarely seems to be anything further that needs saying so why bother. Could they not be automatically locked after a year?

If someone is just looking for information, it's still there.

If someone needs more information and/or opinions they can start their own post.

Please (& gin) MNHQ, could you do this?

What are your reasons for keeping threads open for so long?

OhPillocks Sun 22-Nov-15 15:44:07

Yes please from me too.

At the very least the ZOMBIE warning shouldn't ever disappear.

SauvignonBlanche Sun 22-Nov-15 15:47:12

Oh yes please, or at very least keep the Zombie warning.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 15:49:16

Yes, that would help a bit, although clearly not enough for some!

Maybe it should flash all over the OP's post, since some people only feel the need to read that first post and nothing else?

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Nov-15 15:50:48

Keep the zombie warning and add 'think about starting your own thread'or lock them.

There has been a spate of it this week. Subjects such as pubic hair and electric fences. confused

HoneyDragon Sun 22-Nov-15 15:56:17

Oh god yes PLEASE!

SauvignonBlanche Sun 22-Nov-15 15:58:52

It was quite enlightening on one of the zombie threads when someone said,
I never read the thread. I reply to the OP.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 16:05:27

Yup. Both enlightening and depressing, eh Sauv...

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 22-Nov-15 16:05:27

It explains a lot, Sauvignon, doesn't it?

'Oooh, look at this OP! AIBU never to wash up? I reckon the leftovers from the last meal just add to the flavour of the next meal. There's too much fuss about germs these days. Well, really! Of course she's BU. I must tell her so at once. I'll just scroll down past hese dozens of other replies, none of which will be saying YABVVVVVU, of course....' hmm

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Nov-15 16:06:08

This resurrection is quite a good example of none thread reading.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 16:07:38

Yes, another one Sparkling. And then there was the fairly recent one where a poster had asked if women should get pg over 35; I think that one was locked out though because she actually came back to say that she'd had several miscarriages since her initial post sad

hobnobsaremyfave Sun 22-Nov-15 16:16:20

Yes please

BeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 22-Nov-15 16:19:27

Hi all - thanks for suggestion ThumbWitches and thanks to everyone for posting. We'll have a read and see what we think.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 16:21:33

Thanks Becca smile wine

Maryz Sun 22-Nov-15 16:21:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PinkSquash Sun 22-Nov-15 16:23:02

Please please please MNHQ! Also, could the zombie be added to the mobile site too, as sometimes it takes me a few posts to click. But I would happily see all older threads locked.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Sun 22-Nov-15 16:33:46

I definitely think zombie threads should be locked. I don't see any reason for not locking them tbh. I'm sure if an OP wanted a thread re-opened they could contact MNHQ.

Sparklingbrook Sun 22-Nov-15 16:36:33

This thread from in the week touched on it

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 22-Nov-15 16:46:06

Oo, and while we're here and Becca is getting MNHQ to think about things, can I please put in another bid for automatic highlighting of the OP's posts, rather than it being an "opt-in" thing in customisation? PLEASE?

Highlighting OP's posts automatically would make things an awful lot easier for newbies and infrequent users and get us around a lot of the people who refuse to RTFT because they're "oh so busy and important and don't have the time in their oh-so-busy-and-important lives to read all the posts on a long thread".

TempusEedjit Sun 22-Nov-15 16:50:46


It gets my effing goat though, PLEASE could you lock old threads MNHQ?

Maryz Sun 22-Nov-15 16:51:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TempusEedjit Sun 22-Nov-15 16:51:55

^^ and what Thumb said above

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