Why is it a rule not to reply to old threads? It really annoys me. I’ve never ‘brought up a dead thread’ from what i remember, but i often see other people accused of this and reprimanded by some jerk.
I would criticize the reasons why it is considered bad forum etiquette, but there are no good reasons! Appears to just be some obnoxious showing of forum seniority to me. People who have frequented the forums for a while know its a trendy little rule people have adopted, so they dont reply to “old” forums. New members wondering if an artist has updated a piece of work after a while, on the other hand, will innocently make a post asking.
Get over it! The thread now shows up near the top of the list for a while. So what? Look at the original post date. If its good enough that people are posting and asking questions, then it deserves to be bumped up to the top just as much as mediocre projects that are current and people are posting and talking about.
If people talk about an amazing image or game, posting about once a day for several months, its cool. But if people start talking about an equally amazing piece of work a few months after the last person posted, oh my!! How rude!
For artworks it’s one thing. For technical questions it’s another. Bumping an old question is confusing for everyone, especially as old threads may include obsolete references. That’s why it’s much better to create a new thread that references the old one. It’s just less confusing that way.
They’ve bumped old news. That thread is accessable by everyone who wants to read it, but people don’t want to constantly see the same thread pop up every month.
The amount of old threads far surpass those that are ‘active’ If everyone bumped a dead thread that they found and thought was ‘cool’ or for what ever reason, then the front pages just become a cluttered mess… Pushing good threads out of sight.
Most bumped threads die pretty quick often having only the bumper posting in it (i.e. recently)… As clearly proved by the lack of interest… No one cares about that thread.
Certain threads are popular. As with ‘content’ threads, i.e. artwork, games and the like, bumping it, like said above kills newer threads off… All that would happen is the artwork threads would be fully of @ndy’s artwork with members bumping going “OMG!!1111 coooll dwed!”
Therefore it is common pratice, and rather common sense to try not to bump old threads. of course there are exceptions but I doubt nothing you are claiming.
funnily enough your thread is rather hypocritical… I mean, you’re saying you get annoyed when people complain about people bumping, as if what you’re doing is any differernt to them, expressing their hate to people bumping.
The difference is,anti-bumping has more pratical reason that tho pro-bumping.
haha… remember people, this forum’s been around awhile. I’d think most rules are tried and tested, and exist for our benefit.
I agree with lukus, it is hypocritical to complain about ppl complaining but hey, who cares. It’s a good thing to discuss every now and then.
personally, with a very active wip that I post updates to every day, it would be frustrating if I didn’t get the crits I need because my thread was pushed to page 2 by tons of years-old threads before anyone noticed it was updated.
I think some ppl probably do it accidentally. Search, think its current, post… then realise when it’s too late. I know the coding on BA is pretty much finished and fairly final, but perhaps a warning could pop up if a thread hasn’t been posted to in say, six months? just for those of us who forget to check the date.
not that the designers should have to go to that much trouble, when we users should simply take responsibility to check the date before posting.