Hello BP crew!
After reading about a half dozen "Zombie Posts" this morning - posts that have been inactive for a long time, often a year or more - I had a thought that could reduce the number of Zombie Posts coming through.
Looking at them, it is obvious that most Zombies are brought back to life by new posters - people who just joined, or only have a couple of posts under their belt. My suggestion would be to either prevent people who have X number of posts or less from posting on a thread inactive for a certain time period, or have a "Pop-up" box telling them the thread is X months/years old, and are they sure they really want to post?
So, for example, someone with 15 posts or less might not be able to post to a thread that has been inactive more than 6 months. Or they might have to check a box that confirms they are posting to a Zombie post, in case there might be good information to add to the thread. Something like that.
Keeping old posts is great for archival purposes, but most experienced users (in my opinion) aren't that interested in taking part in a conversation in which the bulk of the posters might be retired, dead, or investing in Cabbage Patch Dolls instead of real estate. I can't count the number of times I found myself starting to reply/quote someone before realizing they may not even be a member anymore.
Anyways, just a thought for a happy Wednesday!
I find them, as often as not, more entertaining than the latest crop of same ol' same ol' questions!...
@JD Martin , this is an interesting idea. We've kicked it around in the office, and have decided to lock these older threads that haven't had any comments in an extremely long time. This should clear up the zombie posts.
Thanks for the suggestion!
On the flip side, having 10-20 postings of virtually identical content only clogs search results when the sole difference is a timestamp.
Keeping a topical organization is really important when REI is such a B I G subject.
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