Recently there has been some discussion
on the practice of necroposting, or adding a new post to a years-dead thread, bumping it back up to the top of the forum. This is a bit of a tricky issue, that we tried to address in the FAQ
, but it would be good to get some more community feedback on this.
The problem is that it is an issue of degree. On the one hand, we don't want to be constantly retreading old ground and never have anything new. On the other hand, we don't want the forum to be characterized by older members constantly saying "I discussed that back in 2004! You have no right to talk about it now! (And, BTW, get off my lawn!)"
We certainly want newer members to know and appreciate great classic MOCs, going all the way back to Ed Boxer's Castle
from 14 years ago (older stuff, too, but I date that as the start of online Castle-AFOLs). I hope everyone on the forum, both old and new, are checking out the creations
and past contests
sections of the site, all of which archive great MOCs (also poke around in the various [url]how-to articles[/url]. But even if you're just poking through past pages of the Castle MOCs subforum, or looking at pics from past fests linked in the Castle Displays and Events subforum, you'll run across tons and tons of other great things. Perhaps we should really reinvigorate Blueandwhite's Masterworks
project from a couple of years ago - I did mean to turn that into a how-to article. Someone else had a memories thread, where they went back several years and highlighted favorite builders and MOCs - does anyone remember who that was?
Probably the biggest negative with necroposting is that the forum software immediately bumps the old thread to the top of the list, pushing older stuff further down. This becomes an obvious problem when someone who is very new to the forum suddenly raises 20 threads to life, and so all new content gets pushed down and off the front page of the forum. This is particularly frustrating to someone who has just posted a brand new MOC and would like feedback on it. But the same effect would also happen if tomorrow ten different old members of our community suddenly decided to make comments on two of their favorite older MOCs (and, let's face it, it you've been around the forum for several years, you've seen hundreds of things you could go back and comment on).
There is also just the annoyance factor of people adding one-line content-free responses to threads. As AC noted, this is annoying whether the thread is fresh or stale, but I sort of expect some of that in active threads, so it seems more jarring when a thread from years ago comes back just so someone can say "LOL! This moc RULZ!" Again, there is a bit of a fine line here. Without meaning to offend or sound too condescending, some of our youngest posters are not as articulate as they will be as they mature (i.e. lose their hair and gain a potbelly like us older folks
), and we do want to encourage them in the hobby and not just drive them away.
Anyway, as I said in the FAQ, a little bit of necroposting is okay, particularly when you have something intelligent to say, but too much, or too inane a response, will probably let slip the dogs of war.
I'd love the thoughts of others, both the Big and the Little, as we say in Bree.