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RogerB

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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:23:29 AM

How about looking at the other recent topics on this page to see if someone else has already started a thread on the same issue.
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driver169
Champion Author New York

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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2013 10:54:26 PM

Ya know, RogerB, if "search" were an option, this wouldn't be a problem. I don't do "look". Waste of my time.
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 5:21:39 PM

"If the two month rule is cast in stone then TPTB should lock older topics so they can't be posted in."

When it gets reported, the mods do lock the topic.
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bytebug
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 2:51:07 PM

>> I stand by my statement. Don't take it so literally.

Bravo!

>> Just use common sense

Something sorely lacking by many around here.
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 12:21:57 AM

I stand by my statement. Don't take it so literally.

A thought experiment might clarify this. Suppose you were to monitor your favorite threads, watching for when they're getting close to the two-month "deadline", so that you can post the message "bump to avoid becoming inactive". While this is within the limits provided by a literal interpretation of the text, there's no serious reason for anyone (other than an automaton) to treat "two months, minus a day" significantly differently from "two months, plus a day".

Just use common sense when deciding whether it's appropriate to start a new topic or use an existing one.
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Retired-Coastie
Champion Author Arkansas

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 11:01:32 PM

If the two month rule is cast in stone then TPTB should lock older topics so they can't be posted in.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 9:58:04 PM

>> >> Please do not bump old, inactive threads.

>> Me thinks that some people need to get a handle by what is meant by bump.

>> >> The intent is, basically, don't go archive-diving and revive an old
>> >> post just to say something
>> >> meaningless like "I agree".

>> Ding! Ding! Ding! Correct answer!

BUZZZZ! Incorrect.

If that were correct the rule would have stopped at that point - but it doesn't, it continues and says quite explicitly to NOT post in it without approval from Admin:

"13. Please do not bump old, inactive threads. If a topic has been inactive for two months or more, please do not post in it. If you want to post to an older topic, please let Admin know beforehand so we can make a note of it and ask other members not to report you for doing it."

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bytebug
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 9:16:47 PM

>> Please do not bump old, inactive threads.

Me thinks that some people need to get a handle by what is meant by bump.

>> The intent is, basically, don't go archive-diving and revive an old post just to say something
>> meaningless like "I agree".

Ding! Ding! Ding! Correct answer!
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 7:00:30 PM

Actually it is a rule

"13. Please do not bump old, inactive threads. If a topic has been inactive for two months or more, please do not post in it. If you want to post to an older topic, please let Admin know beforehand so we can make a note of it and ask other members not to report you for doing it."

If it was a guideline it wouldn't say "Don't".
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 4:29:21 PM

"Two months old" is more of a guideline than a rule. The intent is, basically, don't go archive-diving and revive an old post just to say something meaningless like "I agree".
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bytebug
Champion Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2013 12:00:59 PM

If it is the same topic, do NOT start a new thread!
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 4:00:50 PM

"Recent" is arbitrarily defined by GBO as less than two months old (for some reason not known to members), else start a new topic.
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