It has long been my understanding that tradition says you never reopen long dead threads on a discussion site such as radiodiscussions.com. The one exception might be when current news impacts that old thread.
Some persons have become somewhat irritated that a new member here has been exploring old threads and replying to topics dead for as long as eight years. I recently attempted to offer a reply to that new member explaining how I understood that tradition. Out of curiosity, I then attempted to reply to a ten year old thread on that same board.
I was under the impression that before that reply would post to the site, I'd see a warning screen suggesting that I was reopening an old thread, asking if I meant to do so and suggesting that it might be a better idea to instead open a new topic. I clicked "submit" but did not see the warning screen expected. I edited the resulting post to apologize for breaking board etiquette and then headed here.
Multiple questions. Is that never reopen old threads tradition as I understand it to be? Are we not to reopen long dead topics? Or am I and others mistaken? If not, wasn't there once a feature on this board that presented a warning before submitting a reply to an old thread? Is that an option worth restoring or adding?
Or, in this new age, is that old tradition no longer valid board etiquette?