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aunt kymmie 06-08-2008 10:57 AM

Inquiry To Past Posts
New here (very new!) and have a question about the topic(s) post/thread(S). If it's from a prior (VERY prior-some are a year old) do I select:

"post a reply" or do I start a "new topic"? I don't want to "junk up" the forum and want to do it according to the forum's etiquette . I couldn't find the "rule" for this one..... :?


Meatpuppet 06-08-2008 11:13 AM

no worrys about being new :D

so when you make a new topic, you create a new thread with your question as the starting post. you find the "new topic" in the actual forum topic menu selection page thing. i mean you just created a new topic in a new thread and im answering

if you have questions regarding an already-posted topic, you enter the thread and click "post reply". your reply will then become the newest post in that topic.

hope this info helped. i tried to make it as clear a possible :?
good luck

GeegaFish 06-08-2008 11:57 AM

I've noticed just in the time I've been a member, which is only a couple of months, that topics that are old (a year, definitely....sometimes even just a month old) tend to not get replies anymore. Once in a while people post to an older thread, but usually not. That doesn't mean that the older threads aren't being read anymore, mind you, they still are.

I've also observed that sometimes a thread just ends, when it seems like it could keep going. I'm sure there are many reasons for this. Hope this helps. :D

okiemavis 06-08-2008 08:14 PM

It's best to start a new topic if you have a question, rather than "piggyback" on someone else's posting, as that causes clutter and confusion in who is answering what question.

If you have a question that clarifies the original posting in some way then by all means post a reply within the subject.

aunt kymmie 06-09-2008 12:29 AM

I was afraid your answers to my question would be to "go back and read past posts"!

I'm working my way thru reading them all anyway as there is lots of useful informaton but I know me, I'm always going to have questions.

You guys are great at helping out...thank you for that- Kym

Flashygrrl 06-09-2008 04:48 AM

Well...technically you're supposed to do that first :) However, there's a point where some answers may have become outdated.

Oldman47 06-14-2008 09:04 PM

Aunt kymmie, if you find an old post and have questions or comments, its better to start a new thread. A 2 year old resurrected thread may get several posts to it before somebody notices that the original poster cannot possibly use the answer because whatever the issue was is long since resolved one way or another. At that point its not unusual to see a post that says its a resurrected thread so those who come along and try to help won't waste their time with it. The old subjects never really die and the usefulness of general information is there for newcomers to read but the actual problem the person was having is over.

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