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Massive clean out of old posts

Hi, I recognise I am a fairly new user of the english forum but wondered if it wouldnt make sense for a moderator to delete the old posts?
I often find that when I search for something, a post from 2006 for example can come up, I have heard this from many others aswell.
Would it not be a good idea to delete all the posts pre a certain date? or that some forums automatically expire after a certain length of time?
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Old 11.11.2011, 15:48
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

Click on "advanced search" and exclude the dates you're not interested in.

You don't ask a library to burn old books just because they get in the way, you simply make sure they order them in a reasonable fashion.
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Old 11.11.2011, 15:56
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Click on "advanced search" and exclude the dates you're not interested in.
To keep it clear.

You have to type in your general query first.

All the results will show up....... and then to the "lower right" of the query you will see "ADVANCED SEARCH"

In there you can shape and limit exactly what you want ....... without giving the box of matches to the librarian
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Old 11.11.2011, 16:03
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

I'd like to find a method of keeping track of who is who when I have to keep on clearing out all of my PMs. After a few months I forget names against Avatars so I tend to keep the odd old PM, but still the 500 quota is full.

I don't know if vBulletin software allows users to decode or add titles to user names? Would be mighty convenient though eh?
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Old 11.11.2011, 16:08
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...You have to type in your general query first...
Actually, I just click Search and then click Advanced Search to get there, and then add all my particulars, including any text I want to search for.

BTW (to the OP): There's a lot of useful info in those old posts, even if you do sometimes have to sift through more results than you want.
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Old 11.11.2011, 16:11
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Actually, I just click Search and then click Advanced Search to get there,
Ha Ha........ I didn't know that.

Awesome tip
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Old 11.11.2011, 17:24
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Hi, I recognise I am a fairly new user of the english forum but wondered if it wouldnt make sense for a moderator to delete the old posts?
I sort of syampathise, but there's some good stuff in those old posts that is still relevant today.

It'd be nigh on impossible to delete old rubbish without losing some very useful information.
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Old 11.11.2011, 17:43
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Hi, I recognise I am a fairly new user of the english forum but wondered if it wouldnt make sense for a moderator to delete the old posts?
I often find that when I search for something, a post from 2006 for example can come up, I have heard this from many others aswell.
Would it not be a good idea to delete all the posts pre a certain date? or that some forums automatically expire after a certain length of time?
best wishes.


CONGRATULATIONS on being the first-ever newbie to use the search function. You've won this lovely blender...
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Old 11.11.2011, 22:36
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

Oh no.. can't even bear to think of spouting the same old rubbish a second time around
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Old 11.11.2011, 23:36
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Oh no.. can't even bear to think of spouting the same old rubbish a second time around
And if you haven't spouted it already, what would be the motivation to spout it the first time, if you knew there was a good chance it would simply vanish at some unspecified future time?

As I understand it, one of the EF founder's key ideas was that the EF be a permanent repository and resource (or is that too strong?) in which case the best solution is to keep everything and simply UTFS to sift out the dross.
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Old 11.11.2011, 23:48
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

There are other words a tad stronger in your response, I would suggest to UTFadvancedS if you want to get anywhere
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Old 12.11.2011, 00:07
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

I have noticed a lot of quite old people littering the streets and generally getting in the way.
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Old 12.11.2011, 00:24
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

This is a community, not a database. Would you like to see Mark’s posts deleted?
I hope nobody will perform the collective eternal sunshine of the spotless mind on this forum. Well, we’ve had a couple of individual cases…
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Old 12.11.2011, 08:13
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

All posts are old.

Etc.
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CONGRATULATIONS on being the first-ever newbie to use the search function. You've won this lovely blender...
Where can i collect it?
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Merging post

I keep getting more and more personal messages because people can no longer find up to date info and ask through pm. It also happened to some of my post. Post should not be merged with posts from years ago or that are 110 pages long.


keep it up mods, you are only making the site better...BUT people cannot find relevant info since they have to dig through tons of pages from years ago....

cant you just delete posts that are years old or wait did the local need them in case they want to use it for something.......
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Old 13.11.2011, 22:19
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Re: Merging post

Post ( or rather Thread Merges ) do not result in loss of information when searched using a unique keyword. Using the Google powered searched helps as this site is heavily indexed by Google, among other spiders.

Trust this explains.

Last edited by jrspet; 13.11.2011 at 22:33. Reason: Deleting redundant link since thread was merged
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Re: Massive clean out of old posts

it does it does, but the posts from 2006 or whichever year show many times in google. (without using the advanced search option we have here) in any case, I do think it should be time for a "massive cleanup" as much of the info is no longer relevant....or updated.

oh well I guess it isnt going to happen is it? the library example is of no relevance either because well I dont need to explain it do I....

in any case thanks for keeping the site "orderly" and have a great evening!!!
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