It's really old; is it still a double? August 26, 2002 6:15 PM   Subscribe

Front Page Posts. Is there a time limit before a topic is reposted? If something was posted a year ago, and you've got something new, or want to explore a different angle, how long should you wait? Or will any repost elicit a thread composed of "repost" and "how about some pancakes?"

posted by Grod to Bugs at 6:15 PM (12 comments total)

Damn!!!!!!! That was supposed to go to etiquette/policy.

Matt: here's a feature request, can you change the metatalk posting system so that use of the back button is not required? Forms tend to reset when I hit back.
posted by Grod at 6:16 PM on August 26, 2002

Forms tend to reset when I hit back.

They tend to reset when we all hit back. It's happened to lots of people. Nobody cares.
posted by insomnyuk at 7:21 PM on August 26, 2002

but it would be convenient.
posted by insomnyuk at 7:21 PM on August 26, 2002

I thought pancakes were to do with linkless posts?

Now I'm even more confused.
posted by dg at 10:19 PM on August 26, 2002

Um, getting back to my original question...
posted by Grod at 10:28 PM on August 26, 2002

I think if you notice that it's been mentioned before in MeFi, linking to the old closed thread would undermine anyone's attempts to diss you by saying it's been talked about before. If you acknowledge you're aware of that in your opening Front Page Post, then they don't have anywhere to argue about it.

Since Matt has automated the site to close a thread after thirty days, I'd say if you've got something new to say about the now dead thread, feel free to link to the site in question again in a new thread. But as I said, strongly consider linking to the older thread elsewhere in your opening post so people can see what was said before if they wanna.

This opinion will no doubt annoy other people. My response to that would be... so?
posted by ZachsMind at 10:33 PM on August 26, 2002

I didn't mean it as a diss. I'm sorry (I'm also sorry for being inebriated when I posted that last one)
posted by insomnyuk at 12:39 AM on August 27, 2002

Want to make everyone happy? Point out the doublepost and add to the conversation at the same time. Something like "This was discussed here about a year ago. The people in that thread seemed to think that foo was not practical at the time. I wonder if that's still true today?"
posted by PrinceValium at 3:13 AM on August 27, 2002

I think there would need to be something new since that last post, at the very least.
posted by mcwetboy at 4:26 AM on August 27, 2002

Question is, does the opinion of thousands of new users since the original post, who didn't have the access or ability to post their comments, automatically count as something new?
posted by crunchland at 5:20 AM on August 27, 2002

I say no, if only because by that justification, you could post the same thing next week and probably reach at least hundreds of new users...

Time isn't enough to justify posting a topic again, unless time is germane to the discussion (e.g., posting links to some event months and months after it's happened when we can reflect on what happened rather than respond emotionally to what happened as we did when the event first happened...). In any event, I'm something of a MeFi purist and I demand that a second posting have at least one link of interest to get started. This isn't "just" a discussion site, it's a blog we all contribute to and the discussion should start from there.
posted by JollyWanker at 5:44 AM on August 27, 2002

Just wanted to point out for the record that this thread is a good example of referring to an earlier MeFi thread and revitalizing a link or topic without annoying TOO many people. Nicely done.
posted by ZachsMind at 8:46 AM on August 28, 2002

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