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by spacecadet10 / January 17, 2010 12:12 AM PST

How far back in time is it worthwhile to still answer posts - like only a month into the past or farther back in time..or only the posts that are more a month ago or earlier?
Thank you for any and all answers.

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by NEEDtechieHELP / January 17, 2010 12:33 AM PST
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i am no expert, but in the past i have asked questions, got nowhere. then out of the blue someone posts an answer that works. It maybe a bit late but if the problem pops up again, the person will know what to do.

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Not the question asked
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 18, 2010 4:52 AM PST
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but in answer to your question, most members here will generally 'walk on by' when they see an old discussion resurrected.

If you have a problem you are seeking help on, it is nearly always best to create your own thread/discussion. If you have seen older discussions on the subject, feel free to add a link to that thread in your post, and state which of those options, (if any), you have tried, and what the results were.


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by Steven Haninger / January 17, 2010 7:10 PM PST
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But since you said said "answer", I'll say not to go far back in time unless the original poster is still active in the thread and the issue unresolved. Sometimes a thread spawns another with a person having similar problems. It's just my guess but I'd think that after a month of inactivity by the originator of the thread they've either gotten an answer (here or elsewhere) or given up. As a matter of courtesy, however, I'd suggest that if you post a question and that begets a solution that you post back what that fix was. I've found that reading through some of the threads here has resulted in my finding answers to both current and future problems.

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Depends and varies.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2010 10:52 PM PST
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Let's say it was a STUMPER from 1999. While it would be good to know a solid fix to say FILE TUNNELING ISSUES the original poster and maybe no one today may need it.

The one thing that gets removed is spam to old posts. I think the moderators can spot that. What happens is the spam is removed and the old post locked so it won't be spammed again.

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by VAPCMD / January 18, 2010 12:34 AM PST
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My impression is the majority of folks who post questions/problems don't read through old posts to find answers. Based on that, don't think it makes sense to continue posting responses beyond 15-30 days from the last post by the original poster.

Just my 2 cents.


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