This may be common knowledge around here, but I couldn’t find anything about it in the Registration Agreement.
I was thinking about making some comments about Wal-Mart’s practice of asking to see your receipt when leaving the store. However, I see that there have been prior threads about this topic in 2006and 2009. The 2009 thread has been closed, so obviously, resurrecting that one is not an option. But, hypothetically, what would be the accepted practice around here, for this topic or any other? Should I start a new thread, or add comments to one that has been sitting idle for a number of years? Or does it matter?
I have seen a very few threads where it made sense to resurrect. Where the subject was very specific. Say, an appeals case going to the Supreme Court. There, the existing thread is precisely-themed enough to be worth re-opening.
But as a general case…nah, open a new thread. Take it de novo.
For one thing, don’t expect us to go back and read 75 messages, many of which are from 2011.
If it’s a current and active thread, then, yeah, that’s a valid reminder.
But if it’s an old one…I would still say it’s better to start a new one.
(I also dislike it when people post, “We’ve already discussed this ten times.” Well, tough noogies: now it’s eleven. Yes, the horse has been beaten to death…but if it were a rule that you can’t start up a well-worn topic…what the hell would we have here to talk about?)
(And I’ll bet a pickle that all of this has been said before!)
I’ve heard it recommended to start a new one rather than zombify an old one, but if the old one is relevant or you want to reiterate/address something said in the old one, just link it in your OP. This also eliminates the whole “we’ve discussed this a zillion times before” by acknowledging you’ve seen that but have more to say in current context.
My own personal opinion is that if it is a general topic then it is better to open a new thread. Some of the same ground may be covered again but those making the original point may not be around. Something like this it makes sense to bump to add an update.