Avoiding inadvertently kicking of old threads

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_oisyn 101 Mar 17, 2008 at 11:45

Let’s start off with an example: http://www.devmaster.net/forums/showthread.php?t=12007

Scenario: a user uses the search, finds an old thread and starts reading, sees a post that demands his reaction, forgets he was reading an old thread and thus kicks the thread into oblivion. The thread is now on top of the recent posts list and other people start to reply, unaware of the fact that the thread was accidentally kicked and that most posts are old and outdated.

A dutch IT-related forum I frequently visit has the feature that it hides the quickreply box under a thread when a thread is older than a certain threshold. Replying is still possible, but it is just that quick reminder that the thread is old that prevents people from accidentally kicking it.

Perhaps devmaster should do that too, along with a javascript alert when clicking the quote button underneath the post. Just a reminder, such as “Warning - this is an old post. Are you sure you want to reply? (Yes/No)”.

It’s not that big of a problem really, but the fix is technically very simple and can avoid a lot of confusion :)

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monjardin 102 Mar 17, 2008 at 18:58

I’ll second that idea if the staff has time to implement it. ;)

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dk 158 Mar 18, 2008 at 07:58

That’s a good idea. It’s now implemented :)

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onyxthedog 101 Mar 19, 2008 at 18:59

Nice!

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_oisyn 101 Mar 19, 2008 at 21:12

Great :). But I think you should also show the message when you press the quote.gif button on the right side of a reply. And perhaps you should hide the quickreply.gif button, as that doesn’t really do anything anymore without a visible quickreply box :)

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Prey 101 Mar 19, 2008 at 22:51

Nice addition :)

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dk 158 Mar 26, 2008 at 23:41

Good point, .oisyn :)
I’ve added it for those buttons too.

Note that the cut-off time is 15-days, which I think is reasonable.

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_oisyn 101 Mar 27, 2008 at 00:55

:yes:

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onyxthedog 101 Mar 27, 2008 at 12:46

15 days after no one has post in it, or 15 days after its making?

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_oisyn 101 Mar 27, 2008 at 14:13

The former, of course.

However, it only seems to be looking at the last post date of the thread, not the date of the post you are trying to quote.