There are 8 items shown in the exclusive news section of this site, 4 of them are 5 years old or more. Is this part of President Trumps campaign about fake news?
Anytime someone adds interacts with an old topic, it jumps back up in the list. A "like" or marking a comment as "helpful" doesn't make a difference, but a reply or some other comment will treat these old posts as "active" discussions. Sometimes there is a good reason for digging up an old thread. More often than not, folks don't check the date of the previous post when commenting.
The best way to keep old topics from popping back up is not to comment on them.
Just blow them away after a couple of years and allow people to start something new! Old news is no news!
The danger of putting an expiration date on posts or eventually deleting them is that good information gets lost. Admittedly, while the "Exclusive News" may not be useful two years after it is posted, I've discovered some great info on discussions from long before I joined Insiders. Just yesterday, I found a couple wonderful topics on Alaska cruises, one from 5 years ago, the other 9 years ago. Some of the info is dated, but it's a great way to pick up ideas from others who have been there.
You're right that old new is no news, but I'm a fan of being able to search old content on the site. Just ask others about the old hotel reviews that disappeared never to be seen again. You'll hear an earful. I believe it is important to keep the old content so that it can be searched. As I mentioned earlier, it's best not to comment on old topics unless there is a good reason to resurrect them. That's the simplest way to keep old news out of sight.
I think the solution a lot of places use is to lock old posts so that people don't "bump" them if once they go dormant for a period of time. It probably works the best way, though I know some people are rather "fussy" about people starting new threads when one exists, so not everyone may like that answer.
I like the idea of locking them or even more clearly marking them.
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