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Forum posts from long ago?

  1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image94
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 13 months ago

    Lately I've been seeing a number of posts that were placed on forums quite some time ago...as long as four years.  I tend not to notice the posting date, but once I've taken time to respond and then notice it, I get upset.  This was not happening until recently, and I am wondering whether it would be a good idea for the team to delete posts that are more than a certain number of years old.  Much of what they discuss is obsolete and/or gives incorrect info.  One that I saw earlier this week was from 4 years ago from a poster who has written a total of two articles in all that time but appears to have simply left them on the site...errors and all.  A big waste of my time!

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image87
      Rochelle Frankposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      I've seen this a lot lately, too. Seems like most of these should have a "shelf-life" or expiry date after a certain time. (A year, maybe?)  Or maybe the posting date needs to be more prominent?

    2. SheilaMilne profile image89
      SheilaMilneposted 13 months ago in reply to this

      It's because of the "Related Discussions" list below.  As I write this, the top one is seven years old!  It's all too easy to click and reply.

      1. Jean Bakula profile image98
        Jean Bakulaposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        I have the same problem. Sometimes the issue is a question about Hubpages, and it's still relevant. Other times it's just an interesting issue, and it's easy to opine and then realize the thread is years old. I would opt for getting rid of threads after one year. If people have questions about Hubpages, they need to refer to the TOS, and many aren't used to it, they ask the same questions over and over in the forums. If the question is NEW and about HP, then it should be OK, as rules often change here

      2. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
        DzyMsLizzyposted 13 months ago in reply to this

        Agreed--it is extremely rare for the "related discussions" list at the bottom of forum pages to have anything remotely recent.  Every last one of them is years old, and most the the 'newest' several months, at least.  But a matter of years is more likely.
        I do think HP should address this clutter--especially because their own 'auto-bot' sends you a message upon trying to post to such a thread that  "this thread is xxx old; do not post unless you have new information."  (Which is probably unlikely--most 'new' information would be merely the posting of an opinion on the matter.)

  2. Titia profile image88
    Titiaposted 13 months ago

    HP should place old posts in some kind of archive, where they will still are readable, but won't appear in related posts. One overlooks quite easy the date these related posts have been posted.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 13 months ago in reply to this


  3. ChristinS profile image93
    ChristinSposted 13 months ago

    I've brought this up several times too - and nothing ever changes.

  4. Kathryn L Hill profile image85
    Kathryn L Hillposted 13 months ago

    I think its very cool to have history at my finger tips! I think HP should leave it just as it is! Also one can get a sense of how things have changed over the years. I can always tell whether a thread is current or not by the mood and tone of the conversations. Also by who is keyboarding. Its not that hard to determine if its current or not.

    As I see it

    1. Jean Bakula profile image98
      Jean Bakulaposted 12 months ago in reply to this

      When I visit other sites, and see comments that are years old, it makes me think that the site is dead, if nobody has been writing on it for so long. I think it would be wiser for HP to maybe archive the older comments, as some have suggested, and leave the newer ones at the bottoms of our hubs.

      1. Solaras profile image91
        Solarasposted 12 months ago in reply to this

        I feel the same way when I see forum posts on other sites from years gone bye. But I do enjoy the comfort of knowing that the song remains the same.

        In ancient posts here, people experience the same problems then ask the same questions, and today's answers are as relevant today as in yesteryear. The only difference would be the income we are muttering about and Google's latest tricks.

  5. Solaras profile image91
    Solarasposted 12 months ago

    LOL - in the Related Discussions I see posts from 7,6,5, 4 and 2 years ago.