Please explain why threads become closed

  • When threads become closed could the person closing the thread state why it was closed in the last post? It helps users like myself to better understand forum guidelines.

    Could threads labeled "help?", "why?", or "what is this?" please be renamed and not condoned? It is #3 in the forum rules.

  • On the old Opera forum, there was always a stated reason for the closure of the thread.
    I assume this rather bare bones forum does not have the facility for a moderator to simply add the reason when they close it, and they would now have to make a separate post first before they close it, which sometimes (but not always) they don't do.
    Often the reason for the closure is obvious anyway of course!
    🙂

  • Indeed.

    Suspecting a thread recently starred having been deleted yesterday, I checked up my starred discussions.
    Well, I found A NUMBER of my own threads closed for no apparent reason.

  • Some threads may be being closed because they are old and inactive.

  • That's bullcrap. Inactivenes of this sort derives from 2 things:

    1. not too many users here overall (think why);
    2. the forum is rather simple (no tagging, eg), and there's no search in it that could at present be considered such*.

    *Operamen took Google's Chromium - why can't they take Google's "Searchium"?

  • Some threads may be being closed because they are old and inactive.

    But that takes all the fun out of watching somebody rant in a brand new necro-post, made when they didn't realize the last previous posting in the chosen thread dates from a year (or two) earlier. 😛

  • In the old forums, we never closed threads just because the question was answered. Here, there are cases where the OP reports his thread and asks for it to be closed. Usually I'll ignore such requests, but I see the thread gets closed anyway.

  • Some threads may be being closed because they are old and inactive.

    But that takes all the fun out of watching somebody rant in a brand new necro-post, made when they didn't realize the last previous posting in the chosen thread dates from a year (or two) earlier.

    But when threads are inactive, they sink. Right?
    That said, such threads mightn't be too much of a nuisance - in light of "bothering mods". :troll:

  • I'm perfectly fine with threads being closed for whatever reason, but it would be nice to know why. Posting a few words in the last post by the moderator would be helpful. If not the natural thought is that someone in that thread was misbehaving in some unknown way and therefore the thread was closed.

  • Tagging would be a perfect instrument at least while we aren't having any working search on the forums, that in order to search stuff by tags:
    the author (if not even others as well) adds some tags when starting a thread, and since its opening that thread will be listed in each category by those tag-words. Of course in that case, the site guys would have to create a tags directory, but I doubt it would be any hard of doing*:idea:*
    That way we would have our threads perfectly organised - both for ordinary users and moderators*:P*

    :sherlock:

  • Tagging would be a perfect instrument at least while we aren't having any working search on the forums, that in order to search stuff by tags: the author (if not even others as well) adds some tags when starting a thread, and since its opening that thread will be listed in each category by those tag-words. Of course in that case, the site guys would have to create a tags directory, but I doubt it would be any hard of doing. That way we would have our threads perfectly organised - both for ordinary users and moderators

    I agree that ANYTHING that would help search out posted topics or facts would be valuable, including some kind of tags. Of course, what is most desperately needed is a meaningful forum search capability. Relying on Google to cough up previous Opera Forum posts on some topic provides a poor return for a user's time, and frankly seems a bit embarrassing for others to have to recommend to a questioning user that they should search using a competitor browser maker's search engine to find a relevant Opera Forum post about Opera's browser.

  • But when threads are inactive, they sink. Right?

    Yes, but it doesn't prevent people from find them in a search and revive an old, buried discussion.

    That said, such threads mightn't be too much of a nuisance - in light of "bothering mods".

    I really don't see any meaning in keeping (very) old threads opened in a tech related forum.Things change too fast and letting old topics with old issues, old solutions and old discussions isn't something very useful or helpful.

  • X( , you closed this!
    Also, my thread about the filter by time and about accessing these forums via a simple phone browser.
    That's outrageous.

  • Yes, but it doesn't prevent people from find them in a search and revive an old, buried discussion.

    <big>So?</big>
    Isn't it a FORUM or maybe it's a damned CHAT???

    What's WRONG with you, people??? "Old, buried" -- THEN WHAT??? X(

  • I really don't see any meaning in keeping (very) old threads opened in a tech related forum.Things change too fast and letting old topics with old issues, old solutions and old discussions isn't something very useful or helpful.

    Those I mentioned were (are) in the Forum feedback! AND THOSE THINGS HAVE CHANGED BY A IOTA which were discussed there.

    What's WRONG with you, people??? :norris:

  • There may be some things we disagree with, but let's keep things a little more civil.

  • James, I didn't even mention shit, not once.
    [Psst! You haven't ever seen me being impolite then, have you? :lol:]

  • you closed this!

    No posts in that thread in eight months. So it's old and inactive.

    Also, my thread about the filter by time and about accessing these forums via a simple phone browser.

    Most probably they are old and inactive like the other one.

    hat's outrageous.

    Ah, com'on.

    Those I mentioned were (are) in the Forum feedback!

    Beside the Lounge and, maybe, the Suggestion Box, all (sub)forums here are tech related.

    AND THOSE THINGS HAVE CHANGED BY A IOTA which were discussed there.

    Calm down and stop yelling, there is no need in acting like this.

    As i said, those topics have been dead and buried for about eight months (maybe even more), so let's keep them this way. If someone has a similar issue then a new, maybe more specific, thread can be opened.

    Also it helps prevent people form brealing trhe number one forums' rule: don't post in old threads unless you are going to say something really useful and (still) relevant for the discussion. 🙂

    What's WRONG with you, people???

    Have you asked it to yourself?

  • No posts in that thread in eight months. So it's old and inactive.

    THAT is exactly the sort of bullshit I'm talking about.
    It is a faqing FAQ thread. I even faqing asked there to pin it.

    Well, LET US CLOSE THE TOS PAGE ON THE SITE - because nobody comments there!
    Have I called anybody an idiot yet? No? Strange...

  • Beside the Lounge and, maybe, the Suggestion Box, all (sub)forums here are tech related.

    Would you mind telling people here of your ideas what the heck the forum feedback section here is about?

    I'm personally ALL EARS...

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