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    I've seen in several forums that it shows a warning near the reply box in old posts. I think that would be the best solution.

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    Just a thought, though I know it would take a bit to implement.

    How about the board automatically starts a new thread for a reply (quick reply or advanced) to a thread that is x days, weeks, whatever old. At the top of the thread it would put a link to the old thread and a blurb explaining that this new thread is a response to that old thread. The old thread would then be "left alone" and others coming into the new thread wouldn't see all the baggage of the old one unless they follow the link. Quoting a post from the old thread would work just like normal.

    And to go one step further, a reply to an "old thread" could also do a search for recent threads that are also replies to that old thread (or perhaps the old thread could have a list of the new threads started as responses to it). If a reasonably recent thread is already replying to the "old thread", then this reply would be added to that thread instead.

    And if there are other threads started in reply to that old thread, but they are all old themselves, then this reply would start a new thread which would put a list of links to all of the reply threads at the top.

    I realize this isn't a big enough problem to warrant going through the trouble of updating the board software. It's just an idea I had and wanted to share.
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    The old thread would then be "left alone" and others coming into the new thread wouldn't see all the baggage of the old one unless they follow the link. Quoting a post from the old thread would work just like normal.
    This means that the poster should have created a new thread in the first place.

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    Well, the best solutin woud lbe for the board to let peopel reply to old threads, but if the thread is more than X days old, it shoudl go up for moderator review prior to being posted. I'm not sure if vBulletin has this feature or not, ill have to check later tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    This means that the poster should have created a new thread in the first place.
    Yes, but it would automate a task for the moderators so they could focus on other things, and would serve as a reminder to not try and revive old threads. I'm sure the poster would be a bit confused as to why it started a new thread instead of replying to the old one, and a result of that is a higher likelihood of remembering not to do it again.
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