Ok, question for merico, hectorluver and tj, who brought this up in another thread: Is it wrong to bring up an old post? I am a new member here and am I to believe that I am not allowed to go back through the old posts and respond to one that is of interest to me? Maybe someone else that is a newer member may be interested in an older topic too, who knows?
I'm not trying to break any rules or anything, and the 3 of you are obviously much more qualified than me to tell new members the ins and the outs of this website.
Myself, I am enjoying going through the old posts and learning or perhaps trying to shed a little light onto an older post that either was not replied to or one that I feel qualified to attempt to answer.
Maybe I am the only person in this forum that likes to read the old posts, if so why are they there? Shouldn't they be eliminated in say perhaps a week or two or whatever time period the 3 of you deem an appropriate length for others to read and answer them?
I am heartily sorry for responding to old posts, if I am in some grave error.
That is why the 3 of you are moderators and I am just a lowly new member. I wish I would have found this web site sooner, so that I could've answered the threads in a more timely matter.
Thanks for listening, Just sign me... Still learning proper etiquette of terrific pets Denise
There is no problem with you answering old posts at all, well, not that I am aware of. Most people on here will complain that they are tired of answering the same questions over and over again anyway. I also think that sometimes, people overlook some posts and it is nice to have it brought up again. JMO
I didn't read the thread you're talking about, but none of the three you addressed this to are mods... I've never heard of a "rule" regarding old posts. Maybe some of the actual mods (minnyar, cricketmom, scout1 pearl, admin) can give you some info...
I see nothing wrong in bringing up some old posts. Its just when when someone is asking something like "what kind of dog should I get?", its kind of useless to try and give advise a year later or whatever. Or when people bring up old posts that are very contraversial, just to cause trouble. ( I know you didn't do that ) But go ahead, if you want to. Just that I appreciate people pointing it out because I don't think to look at the dates and I'd rather not respond to someone who is no longer using the forum or in need of advise. Sometimes, however, old posts can be of value.
Basset lover-I'm not a moderator, but here's my 2 cents! I have also read some old posts; you can find some good info here! But sometimes when you are responding to an old post, the original poster doesn't even come here anymore! Not that it really matters... But you're not doing anything wrong-don't worry about it.
layala has hit the nail on the head. Bringing up an old post is no problem when it's an informative post.
But answering questions that are a more year old that run along the lines of, "I need help immediately becaue my dog just ate a thing of De-con mouse bait!" (just an example, this didn't happen ;) are kinda pointless.
I think you just have to make note of the subject matter, and ask, "WOuld it really do me any good to answer this question that was asked more than a year ago? "
ok to start off, i am not a mod. i never said that i don't like reading old posts. and i just said that i was waiting for someone to say that the post was a year old and the member probally doesn't even come on here anymore. i never said that i would like the old posts to be deleated. im not going to say anymore because i might be banned from TP.
Basset_Lover, you need not apologize. There is absolutely nothing wrong with bringing up an old post. The only suggestion I would like to add to that is if you respond to it is maybe say that you realize this is an old post but you found it interesting. Sometimes others will respond to the first person responding before looking at the date, and it will be brought up. There are some timely related post such as "my dog is pregnant what do I do." If that thread is several months old that problem is pretty much solved.
Sorry Minniyar. Your post was not there when I starting this.
***Edited By: cricketmom on 12/17/2004 2:08:33 PM*** Reason: cuz
Thanks for all the advice. I think more than one person may benefit from the posts that I have answered. I do realize that maybe the original poster is not on the forum anymore, but more than one of us have a dog here, right? And maybe more than one of us might have the same problem, question or curiosity about our pets.
Like the silver labs post, myself, I found it very interesting and informative to read all the comments about the Silver Labs.
If I wouldn't have responded to the old post about a question on Labs, then ansy wouldn't have responded to me about the silver labs. Then in turn, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to start a new discussion about Silver Labs.
Yeah, post on anything you want. Old, new. It is helpful if you are digging in the post graveyard if you state an intent, so people don't look like dummies responding to points that are moot stuff...We can read when the post started, but, it may be harrassing newbies, to just assume everyone knows this.