At least a few times a day in general discussion I see a thread that’s last comment was from 6+ months ago get posted in again. The replies are typically on topic, but not important enough to require a new post. I don’t mind old threads being brought back to life if there was an update that addressed the issue, or if there’s an important on topic question, but most of the time these comments are similar enough to every other comment in the thread.
I’d rather not old threads be locked, but it would be nice to have a window or something ask you if you are sure you want to bump an old thread, just to cut down on this issue.
Agree. Threads are routinely getting resurrected as far back as 2014. Why is that?
More Smartphone users using app / readers where the date is less visible perhaps?
Epic took time to add post upvoting / rate this thread type features to the forums etc.
But w/o forum search fields or filters to screen out zombie threads, what’s the use…?
Instead of locking threads though, Epic could add more filter options to the forum search.
However, this is a shaky area that doesn’t seem to get much love or attention from Epic.
Overall, the forums do have useful info, but so many threads are just saturated with crud.
I’ve done my part to lobby for change, but nothing much seems to be happening if at all.
So I for one tend to post less and read less and suspect some others feel the same way.
There’s user drop-off due to services like Slack as well, buts its no great solution either.
It still happens quite a lot, and I still believe the most pertinent question is ‘how are people finding these threads?’. The majority of the time the user is replying to a generic thread and adding no meaningful comments. It’s not like they’re searching for solutions to particular problems and finding threads that way.
Understanding where people come from may allow us to come up with a means to mitigate the problem.
I see forum as a place where ppl come to learn and share;
If someone necro a topic from 2014 just to say “-hey, thanks!”, I don’t understand why to do that; meanwhile there’s people looking for help on new threads often passing unnoticed. It’s one characteristic from other forums I’d like not to see here, people look for help, post a question and nobody tries to help the poor guy while random topics are brought back…