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I think they changed the way that threads appear on the main board (i.e. the list of posts you used to get by going to allnurses home page, and that you now get by clicking on "What's New"). Used to be by time of first post, now it seems to be by time of last post. So, instead of threads dropping off quickly, any time you post to a thread, no matter how old, it now appears on the "What's new" list.
I liked the old way of doing it better, but them I'm a curmudgeon who is averse to any kind of change.
A new post has always bumped a thread to the top.... if that's how you have your settings arranged (newest first). In the old way, you could set how you wanted things to pop up, mine was always most recent first.
if people search for a topic, it pops up no matter how old it is. People don't always read the datelines of their searches. Besides, sometimes newbies get scolded for posting questions, and get bombarded with "why didn't you just search the topic? we've already hashed that out many times"
Guilty I'm a new nurse and I like to read the oldies like worst mistakes, things you want to say to your patient/coworker, and so on. Sometimes I just get so excited I want to comment rather than start a whole new thread and have someone say, did you see this before you posted?
There is nothing wrong with posting to an older thread on the same topic. If TPTB did not want that, then they would automatically close all threads after a certain time period.
even if a thread was written yrs ago, many of these situations are timeless, and remain appropriate to be discussed to date.
i've noticed that when an old thread is resurrected, it's almost always from a new member, who doesn't know to look at the date...
not that it should matter.
I've noticed it too. And usually it's someone who hasn't looked at the date. But sometimes I'm kind of interested to know how the situation played out for the OP several years after the fact. Unfortunately I'm too lazy to read though pages and pages of posts to find out.
I'm not a new member, and I miss the date often. If the thread seems to be time sensitive based on a second read, then I will come back and post that I had noticed the info in the original post is dated. No problem there.
A lot of the advice and information is timeless- so why not resurrect an old thread? Personally, I could care less how old a thread is. I hate it when people put a snarky comment that the OP of a new thread should have searched for a topic before posting though.
Either way is fine with me. New, old, it's all good.