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View Poll Results: What policy on duplicate threads do you follow?
Merge and build on the past 3 50.00%
A new day, a new thread is fine 1 16.67%
Who cares? The best rule is no rule 2 33.33%
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hoping that this is a simple, limited and uncontentious question, I'd like to ask if MB members apply any consistent policy when they come across duplicated threads. I'm sure we've all seen them; not always, but often it's an enthusiastic newcomer who opens a thread asking, "Has anyone here heard of the Beatles?" unaware that the Beatles have already been mentioned on MB.

(1.) Personally, I'm a bit of an archivist who likes the idea that old threads are still valid and should be resuscitated whenever possible, so my instinct is that the new thread should be closed, merged with an existing one, or at least given a link acknowledging that there has been a previous discussion. After all, building on the past has worked pretty well for western civilization, and as they apparently say in Rwanda, "If you don't listen to your father, you'll never know what your grandfather said."

(2.) Some people seem to react differently though, and will happily post about the Beatles as if they are a brand new topic. I guess this has the merit of being easy, fresh and friendly. It reminds me of a line from a John Sebastian song, in which he sings with obvious affection, " ...and for each new person, there's a new first time."

(3.) At present, there doesn't seem to be a very consistent policy - and maybe that's ok too. Can't think of a snappy quote for this option, but if I could it would probably say something about getting a life vs. overthinking.

So that gives us three poll possibilities. In the interests of democracy, I've tried to phrase the poll options impartially, even though I've stated my own preference pretty clearly in this OP. (i.e. vote for "merge" or die: )
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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TBH, most of the new people who post threads like "what's your favorite song?" do something else to get banned like five minutes later. It's not really that much of a problem I feel.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it really depends on context. If there's an existing thread that gets posted in on a fairly regular basis, then I think we should stick to that one and new threads about that artist should be merged into it. On the other end of the spectrum, if the only thread about a particular artist is ten years old with only a handful of posts, then I think it's fine to start a new one. Everything in between is a judgement call.
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merge every thread on this forum into one single thread
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Old 03-28-2018, 01:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Yup thats the best way...... Sites looks neater w/o a bunch of the same topics all over the site on different bases........
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Yup thats the best way...... Sites looks neater w/o a bunch of the same topics all over the site on different bases........
Let's go one better: compress the whole site down onto a thumb drive, slip it into the pocket of one of the guys going on the Mars mission when he's not looking, and remove it from the Earth entirely forever. Now that's tidy!
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