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I personally prefer new threads and a conversational atmosphere. However, some seem to prefer reviving old threads and discouraging any new threads that touch on a previous topic. What do you prefer?

Wed. Sep 27, 3:11pm

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I prefer fresh discussion. If someone wants to link to a prior discussion, that is great, but we should have freedom of speech- no?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:15 PM

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usually before i begin a new thread, i will search to see if the topic has been addressed previously. sometimes it has, so i revive that thread. that is, if the thread is not very, very long and if it actually stays on the original topic. the nasty comments also prompt me to start anew. it depends. i like to check the old threads, though.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:16 PM

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i think it is both. why pick one?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:17 PM

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I start a new thread. There's always someone here (and I think it's one person) who complains and says why don't you search for it? I ignore her or him every time. It's their personal problem.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:26 PM

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I agree. Start a new one. If someone wants to refer you to an old thread to help you, great. Bottomline, if they don't want to read a new thread on an old topic, they don't need to read it.

BTW, I think I know who that nasty person is too. I wonder if there's any way to ask the site administrator to find the source? It's very distressing to see someone come to the lounge to talk about something that's worrying them, only to have someone trash them.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:32 PM

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i have suggested that the original poster search for further information, but not in a complaining or disciplinary manner. i have never "trash"ed anyone for starting a new thread on a previously posted topic, either. i think it's useful to inform new members about the search system and "archive" feature of the lounge.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:37 PM

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The old threads are nice to have for reference, but new discussion is always interesting. I think if people don't want to read a new discussion on a previously posted topic, then they should just ignore the new thread. That's what I do if I'm not interested in a thread.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:40 PM

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To 3:37, I don't think you're the person I'm talking about (above). Pointing out previous posts is fine, if well intended. I'm actually referring to the person who gets nasty in almost all of these threads. I for one am getting sick of it.

Sorry, OT :-)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 3:47 PM

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There are nice, respectful ways to refer to a previous thread, and there are unpleasant ways to refer to a previous thread.

Some examples:

(a) This is Not Nice and a thinly veiled "shame on you for wasting our time":
"i suggest searching the numerous threads on this topic. i think you will come across many that may be helpful"

(b) Nice and respectful:
"this thread (link provided) had some info I had never seen before"

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 4:51 PM

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I appreciate new discussion because many threads seem to take on a life and direction of their own and a fresh discussion can steer the thread in places the old one would not have. However, I definitely like some of the older threads where someone remembers an old discussion and brings it back up to see how the situation is progressing. i can certainly see the value in reading older threads to see what discussions have occured in the past, but some of them I no longer read due to the sheer volume of flaming going on, so I appreciate when we have another chance at it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 5:31 PM

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