Why do old questions on Hotline become re-activated?
Why and how do one-or-two year old questions suddenly become re-activated? For example today there are 3 or 4 inquiries first asked a year or two ago "Vegan Alfredo Sauce" inquiry, the "cooking for a person undergoing chemotherapy" etc. Although interesting, not necessarily very timely for the OP's!! Just curious.
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I know cooks (and IT people) are anal by nature and like things tidy and tight. But in the human nature of online forums that level of "slap down" can seem unwelcoming to new people...people click away if they have to jump through more than 10 seconds of hoops, and it's really all about page views and traffic when it comes to a site.
I think most of the old timers here don't mind repeating a answer to a question asked again, again, and for new members it gives them a opportunity to chime in with responses and make them feel valuable to the forum.
It should be welcoming to new members and not 'well, we did this already'. More traffic, higher pager views, what's not to like?
Well, except for spamming type posts. (g).
It would be interesting to see the metrics of new users posting questions for the old vs new posting formats.
If for some reason, you needed to look up this totally awesome answer about 'how to separate an egg' you only have to wade through one or two threads, instead of 100 threads on the same topic. (I'm exaggerating, but you get the general idea).
Bumping the topics up to the top, is actually kind of helpful for new people on this site, but would probably get annoying pretty fast. Is there some sort of magic computer thingy that could act like triage? New urgent unanswered questions at top, new ones unanswered next... I don't know. Just an idea. Feel free to ignore it.
We have some ideas for how to address this, from simply not bumping older but recently answered questions onto the front page to adding the option to sort by new or recently updated. We'll let you know if we make any updates.
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And things change with seasons and years. And get lost in in the bottom of a old thread.
I like repeats for fresh threads. The auto search might be more useful for some. But that, to me, muddles the freshness of information, and makes submitting threads less interactive for the community almost as if say in "Well, we've done this before shut up". Which, is a electronic slap down for someone asking a question. There must be a better way to do this, to encourage new people in the forum that are asking questions and yet point them to old topics for sound info.
I thought about posting new info for the chemo thread...but didn't because the thread was old and I had already posted multiple times in the older thread.