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Add notification about replying to a very old post

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Add notification about replying to a very old post

This used to be a feature but now isn't

I checked because a new poster replied to a thread which was over 3 years old and obviously got there because of the "helpful" tip when typing in the subject field

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

What would happen if someone replies to an old thread in the previous system?

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

We received a popup informing us the topic we were replying to had not received replies for over 2 years and we may consider starting a new one......

Or something along those lines.

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

So the popup is just a warning that the thread is very old and the user can then carry on with their post or cancel the action?

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

Correct.

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

Added to my enhancement list. It might be possible to just provide a warning below the editor to warn users that they are just replying to an old thread rather than have a popup stopping them (there is already a script in place on this page and wouldn't want to over complicate that script).

Adding this to my enhancement list now.

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

The old topic warning setting in an SMF forum I administer is 120 days. That is probably the default and is plenty in my opinion.

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

That sounds like a reasonable time. I guess that its measured from the last post rather than when the thread was created? I say this becuase there are a couple of threads here which are old but still get some activity (the one about IP addresses I think?).

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

yes - it was from the last post

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

The warning one gets in SMF is displayed within the reply panel as shown below.

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

That's awesome cheers for the info everyone. The screenshot is very helpful and I should be able to implement something for this.

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

The real question here is whether the functionality should be within the core product (as in SMF) or in a JS bolt on script?  

Given the recent response in the 'Add notification about replying to a very old post' thread to not pursue to implementation, I just don't see this topic getting completed anytime soon?  I can only hope to be pleasantly surprised sometime in the new year Angel

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

Oh @MauriceC, you really should have more faith in me (just did this on staging - @Oldjim and @spraxyt you can have a look if you like - you will need to try to reply to any threads that the last post was on or before 29th of Feb).

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

Yep, works (on staging) and looks good to me. Grin

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Re: Add notification about replying to a very old post

Just an FYI, this is not a Javascript enhancement. I am directly interacting with the community API and doing a comparison of todays date with 120 days removed and the date of the last post in the thread.

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