I'm not apologising for revisiting this matter. It took a long time before an automated procedure was put in place to automatically lock all topics that have not been updated in a certain time.
ooffick wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:53 am
Update: we have implemented a new feature which locks all topics which are not updated within 2 years.
This has worked reasonably well but it appears that some people still attempt to keep dead topics alive long after they should have been put out to pasture.
I have a suggestion. How long do people consider topics should remain "active" (i.e. topics are created, sometimes with a sense of urgency, and then they're abandoned)? Perhaps two years is too generous. Perhaps one years is overly generous. A lot can happen in a year; for example, in the last twelve months, thirteen new versions of J! 3.x
Things we talked about, two years ago, are probably out-of-date today. In reality, therefore, maybe we could automatically lock old topics, that have not been updated for the past six months and thus we could focus our attention on matters that are current and relevant to today? What do you think? Is two years too generous? Is six months too restrictive? I think the answer lies somewhere between the two.