MN pleeeeease consider CLOSING OLD THREADS...

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Userguaranteed Fri 28-May-21 09:33:55

...and only reopen if the OP requests it.

Posters are exhuming threads from ages ago and asking for updates, posting advice, etc. The recent one was from 2012!

I often look at dates now because I've been sucked into zombie threads many times in the past but sometimes I forget, especially if the thread hasn't got too many replies.

Can MN close zombie threads from say a year? There's nothing more to be said - let it go [in Elsa's voice].

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missmopple Fri 28-May-21 10:33:10

Seconded (and thirded and fourthed)

Please, please can you do this?

Cadburyflakeicecream Fri 28-May-21 10:34:23

Fifthed. I just spent ages reading a thread from 4 or 5 years ago.

HotToddyColdSauvignon Fri 28-May-21 10:35:06

Agree agree agree. No point in adding the “this thread is a zombie” because these nutters who resurrect old threads don’t care grin

nancy75 Fri 28-May-21 10:37:42

I’ve just seen a ‘what is this holiday place like’ thread from 2006!

MyDcAreMarvel Fri 28-May-21 10:40:36

Please don’t, old threads are interesting and often the new information is relevant.

HotToddyColdSauvignon Fri 28-May-21 10:42:39

MyDcAreMarvel

Please don’t, old threads are interesting and often the new information is relevant.

We’re not saying delete them - we’re saying lock them. It’s so bloody annoying when someone starts up a thread from 2011 and then all you get for the last 50 comments are “zombie zombie ZOMBIEEEEEEEE”

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ticktockriojaoclock Fri 28-May-21 10:42:57

Why not leave them up, and posters can decide whether to read or post on them or not? Some have useful info or links. If you've wasted time reading old threads that's on you, surely?

MyDcAreMarvel Fri 28-May-21 11:30:23

@HotToddyColdSauvignon I mean the new information can be relevant. I do t find them annoying at all, if anything it’s quite amusing, brightens up the day.

roguetomato Fri 28-May-21 11:53:30

Yeah, it's very annoying to respond to a thread and find that was years old.
I clicked on to 3 consecutive zombie thread this morning from random years.
If one odd thread has been revived, it can be a genuine reason behind it, but seeing so many, I can't shake off the thought something sinister is going on.

JemimaTiggywinkle Fri 28-May-21 11:55:18

I’m making a note to come back to this thread in 10 years to ask for an update

ShirleyPhallus Fri 28-May-21 11:56:47

If we had this though we wouldn’t have had that priceless thread where a poster responded to herself years later on a thread looking for pram recommendations grin

soniamumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-May-21 12:31:24

Hi - just dropping in to say thanks for the feedback. Where possible we post when a 'zombie' thread has been resurrected, but we're happy to take your comments on board. flowers

FourWordsImMuNiTy Fri 28-May-21 12:39:58

The problem with you posting is that it’s blatantly obvious that many people posting at the bottom of a resurrected zombie thread haven’t read recent posts, they’ve just skim read the OP and piled in. You need something right up at the top which doesn’t go away after the first post. Maybe highlight the OP’s date in red if it’s more than six months ago.

I got a hundred posts into the saga of the DH and broken train ticket machine before reading a post that said “Can’t he buy it online? for heaven sake it’s 2017!” grin

Userguaranteed Fri 28-May-21 12:42:47

Glad to see others think so too.

Thanks very much @soniamumsnet. The notice band over the comment box expires after the first person resurrects the thread so unless you happen to glance at the date, another poster will just merrily post away seeing as it's active and no warning to let them know. So, a permanent lock or permanent notice band (for subsequent posters) both on the first page (over the OP) and comment box would be helpful.

And if we go the locking route instead of a notice band, the OP can still resurrect their own thread if they want.

It just helps those of us who don't want to read a resurrected thread or post advice on an issue that was posted 10 years ago to move on. The thread will be there for others to read.

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Tal45 Fri 28-May-21 12:43:20

Yes, yes, yes.
It's all very well saying they post when it'a zombie thread but loads of people had posted that that 2012 one was a zombie and still it was getting reply after reply.

osbertthesyrianhamster Fri 28-May-21 12:43:58

Sometimes the OP comes back and updates.

Userguaranteed Fri 28-May-21 12:44:18

Xposted FourWords. Yes something everyone can see at all times and posters can choose if they want to engage or not.

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HeyDemonsItsYaGirl Fri 28-May-21 12:48:30

MyDcAreMarvel

Please don’t, old threads are interesting and often the new information is relevant.

Agreed. I don't understand why some MNers are so enraged about reading old threads.

WankmasterBastardDeLaShithead Fri 28-May-21 12:52:57

I think old threads can be really helpful. Occasionally there's an interesting update after a few years!

Crockof Fri 28-May-21 13:04:29

Old threads are a complete highlight at the moment, nothing is new in life anyway, it's all been experienced before.

diddl Fri 28-May-21 14:14:46

Or that the Zombie warning comes up on each post rather than disappearing when it's resurrected?

Or there's a warning on the OP?

MyDcAreMarvel Fri 28-May-21 14:17:28

Ah yes the pram thread grin

nowlook Fri 28-May-21 14:37:10

Is there something particularly odd going on today though? At one point, three of the active convos on the banner were zombies. I don't remember it being that bad before.

HotToddyColdSauvignon Fri 28-May-21 14:38:49

soniamumsnet

Hi - just dropping in to say thanks for the feedback. Where possible we post when a 'zombie' thread has been resurrected, but we're happy to take your comments on board. flowers

There is something weird going on today though MNHQ, I’ve had about 6 zombie threads today.

It’s feckin’ annoying

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