View Full Version : What's the issue here? Why thread closed?

February 1st, 2011, 09:18 PM

I don't have a lot of time to spend here due to work demands, but I try to drop into the beginner forum to help whenever/however I can.

I saw this thread, apparently resurrected due to a search, and a resulting relevant reply. Sure the original poster will probably never see it, but check any news source this week and IPv6 pops up.

Given that IPv6 is now a hot topic and many newbies wouldn't know where to start looking for IPv6 support, I thought the old thread was relevant.

So why did two mods step in and what's the problem here, especially given its current relevance?

February 1st, 2011, 09:35 PM
It is a matter of "netiquette".

The original thread was started 2 and a half years ago.

The preferred behavior is to start a new conversation rather then resurrect an old conversation.

Google search the terms "forums etiquette necromancy" and you will see it is considered rude to "resurrect" an old discussion, thus the term "netiquette".

See also : http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php?page=policy

16. Thread Closing: Staff are not required to do so, but are requested to post an explanation in a thread that is closed when time permits. This is a non-exhaustive list of reasons a thread may be closed, but will give the general idea:

* The thread has run it's course and posts have begun repeating themes
* The thread has degraded into an argument
* The thread topic is a duplicate of another current and active thread
* The thread is very old.

See also This google search (http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=forums+necromancy&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=) for any number of humorous images regarding this topic.

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:J40bbXzyKq1rvM:http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd187/GrandLordKhorne/online%2520use/thread_necromancer.png (http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd187/GrandLordKhorne/online%20use/thread_necromancer.png)

February 1st, 2011, 10:08 PM
Sure, I know that. (Been working on the 'Net since back in the '80s...) but in this case, I have the feeling that the person that raised it back up did so due to the current IPv6 buzz. I figured it would sit there and drop out of circulation, or perhaps become germane and have other posters. I did pick up some new info from that thread and I work with IPv6 addressing every day.

Not a big issue, I was just was curious.