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Please begin a New Question instead of posting on the bottom of an old one. It truly will be beneficial for you.
Thanks So Much,
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As Phil said:
Look at the dates of these threads. Many of them were from the "Golden age" of MedHelp and are at least 6 years old.
Personally, I ignore many of these posts, because I do look at the dates. If the post is from 2007, I'm not going to reply, because I figure its old news.
If you must refer to another post, copy its URL and paste into your new post. You can say:
I feel just like so and so in this post
This way we can refer if need be, but your post will get more attention because it is contemporary.
Also, pick a descriptive subject for your post. The better information we receive, the more we can help.
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We encourage member interaction on current threads - even if it's a bit off topic - or venting. It helps build comradely in the community. It helps us all get to know one anther.
What I am talking about is those old, inactive threads - often found while goggling - where someone posts a question, usually similar. When that occurs the active members often miss the new question - the new question goes unanswered - and the original poster's thread is "hijacked."
Where is a new thread is begun it gets better visibility, comments, activity and so forth. The new question gets the attention it deserves and the old thread is left respectfully intact.
I hope that makes sense! :0)
MedHelp has been looking at ways to alleviate this without doing a major overhaul of the site.
Good for you.
If you have a question, state it in the Subject, and state it again when you open your Comment.
Be clear, and provide us with as much information as you feel comfortable revealing. Remember , we are all anonymous here.
If you have a vent -- if you wish to rave on like John Donne, feel free.
Open a new "Question", state your thesis in the Subject and at the beginning of the Comment,
and rave on John Donne.
Sometimes while responding to a question, its easy to go off on another tangent.
I will be more careful when I respond as I tend to ramble....yes I know I do!
Part of venting i guess.
I did start a new thread yesterday!
You're correct. I've talked with the "powers that be" about closing these old threads to further comments - as have many other CLs. Hopefully this is happen at some point.
I like it if the original poster returns to their thread with updates - but hijacking someone's thread I see as a bit rude.
I think it has improved the last few months - guess we'll see if it continues to improve. Thanks for your comments - here and on the forum. :0) You offer good help.
I tend to neglect them as well. Well focused threads are simply much more useful for all involved. Might be nice to have a max limit for a given thread and then to force an addendum thread, if so required.
I know people will continue to do this, but I don't read them anymore.
Perhaps I should say that if a poster doesn't want me to reply to their message, just add it on the back of an old thread containing at least 100 messages.
Thanks for the additional words. I've missed a lot of new posts on old threads. Unfortunately I don't think anyone reads this!
This is very important.
The peer counselors here do not have the time to read through hundreds of posts in old threads.
Please read the date of the forum to wish you respond.
If it is contemporary, within the last month, then you will get an answer.
But if you are replying to a post that is not current, chances are that you will not receive and answer.
We leave these old posts up because they are filled with information and inspiration.
If you have a problem, post a new question... then we can see and respond to your post.