My habits are to read the top 10 or 20 threads (whatever fits on one
screen), so, I wouldn't see a thread that is old, by a few weeks.
On the other hand, there's a thread about the treehouse in the redwoods
which will likely take months, as each stage has multiple questions for
Is it better to post each separate question, and then each thread goes to
the top? Or, better to re-use the old thread?
Would you even *see* posts in an old thread? (I wouldn't.)
New posts to old thread will show up as a part of it. News servers can
keep posts for years so your record will be a part of it for reference.
That is handy for anyone searching for a particular subject.
Ed Pawlowski wrote, on Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:17:00 -0400:
But that's not the question.
I, for one, have all threads expire after a month (which is the default
for my news reader so I never changed it).
Even if they didn't expire, I have all my headers "threaded", such that
all the posts to any particular thread stay together.
Since I sort by reverse date, I only see about 1 week or, at most, 2
weeks of "thread initialization" dates. Anything older than about 2
weeks, even if someone updated it today, never shows up on my radar.
Of course, if I didn't thread the headers, and if I sorted by reverse
date, I'd see ALL the recent posts, but then I'd never have threads.
So, I was just asking what most of you do, since I know this treehouse
thread will take months to complete.
On Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:33:21 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
Why would you want to start a new thread for each question on the same
topic? Even if a thread has dozens or even hundreds of posts they are
all in one thread and easy to follow. With several different new
threads how could one even follow all of the nested threads that with
your idea wouldn't be in the other threads?
Gordon Shumway wrote, on Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:41:32 -0500:
For me, "old" threads (anything older than a day or two or five) don't
show up since they're on the bottom, and I don't scroll unless I'm
looking for something.
Plus, my newsreader expires articles after a month, automatically (by
I agree. Plus, my newsreader -- Outlook Express -- let's me mark topics or
threads that I want to "follow". They then show up in red as "watched"
threads. So, if I wanted to follow your thread about the tree project, I
would mark it as "watched". Then all I have to do is scroll down and if
there is a new post in an old "watched" thread, it shows up in bold red and
I see what new posts were added.
On Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:33:21 +0000 (UTC), "Danny D."
I certainly see your problem. I have the same one. For example, if
someone re-uses a subject line, like "AC problem" it sorts with the
earliert post with the same subject, and I probably don't see it. I
subscribed to one NG for years, forgetting that it posted a monthly FAQ,
with important details, because every month it had the same subject name
and sorted way up (in your case down) at the beginning of my posts. So
I never saw them after the first month.
(On most groups I have the expiration date set for 10 years, and may
increase it when the 10 years gets close.
(This group is so busy that I was having technical problem when I kept
all my posts so I had to lower it to 85 days, I think. (Well checking,
I see that I didn't do this for the new computer, and I haven't had any
problem, so I have about 38,000 headers going back to march of 2011,
although I haven't retrieved bodies for 13,000 of them and it's too late
to retrieve all but the more recent bodies now. )
In one group, I sort so they show up in the order they were retrieved,
no threading. This makes it easier to see every post, but I don't read
them by thread, and that's not as good. When I get mixed up, i
highlight the post in question and change the sort to "by thread" and
then I can see the context. Forte Agent is good at quickly resorting,
even old versions.
It sorts by author too, although I've rarely used that, and even by
length of post. The last one helped only once or twice when I was
searching for a post that was very short or very long.
I do the opposite, which is to sort by thread by default, but, if I know,
in a long thread, that I need to find a recent post, I can sort
unthreaded by date. But I rarely do that unless I'm looking for something
I know was posted.
I also automatically mark the entire thread read, the moment I exit,
which means that only new threads show up in bold, so, that in reality, I
only see new threads or a marker that an older thread was updated.
I see almost everyone does it differently than I do, which changes what I
would do for a thread that takes months. Thanks for the details.
What newsreader are you using?
If a thread is one in which I am interested, I "watch" or flag it.
Sorting set to "Sent" in descending order then "Watch" gets me threads
sorted from newest to oldest with watched treads grouped on top.
I have my reader set to keep headers for 30 days. If someone replies to a
thread for which I no longer have headers, the reply is shown unthreaded,
sorted by the date it was sent.
If I'm not interested in a thread, I don't care where it is or what does
or doesn't show up :)
It doesn't expire them, just removes them from your computer.
They still exist on your server and if someone posts a reply to a thread
which no longer exists on your computer that reply will be downloaded to
your computer by your newsreader. If that doen't happen, you have your
reader settings screwed up.
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