Yes, it was asked of us that we not use the work-around.
It was also asked that we start a new thread to continue the "conversation".
However, we were also told that a locked thread should not be continued by starting a new thread. That is a definitie no-no.
So, there is a difference.
Many of us (including me) have used the work-around, especially in threads that have produced a lot of interest and, for the most part, civil discussions. Also, as is our habit, those threads often spin off into related and unrelated sub-threads.
Maybe one day the software will limit the number of posts, then more new threads will be started to continue those that exceed the limit.
As SE is different from the specific Help forums, we have not chosen to cut off by locking good threads. At times we attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff by deleting the chaff, and by "closing" a sub-thread that is veering off course.
Many here have been members long enough to know the difference between what is a violation, and what is not. They also know that what can cause the most trouble are personal battles between members, and inviting responses the posters know will follow their comments. They also know those are common reasons why a thread is locked.
The majority of our threads do not exceed the limit.
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