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I understand that you're, er, unhappy about those in the meaning that I'm just as unhappy, but consider that each of the posters is an individual person that makes a (hopefully) innocent/uninformed mistake, it's just the (current) intensity of overall necros that increases the perceived severity.
One-post necros are harmless enough, though, they bring an old topic back up once, and then it slips down again. It only gets serious when others reply, either to flame the poster, or continue the old conversation, e.g. by reading from the first to the third post, then reply to something outdated in that post without reading further in the thread or even noticing the post time. If those were more common, then we'd have a true problem, yes.
Also, account creation time doesn't have to have anything to do with forum activity, there are other reasons to create a Wowhead (or ZAM) account. It would be way worse if they had actually participated in the forums before, and
begin to necro old threads with empty statements or obvious questions.
Honestly, if the necro is on topic, there shouldn't be any penalty. If it's off topic well...that just makes them rep gains for the rest of us.
There has been a rash of people necroing three to four year old threads. Always it is their first post although oddly sometimes they have account creation dates many months before. Sometimes these posts are vaguely related to the content of the thread but most of the time it is not. I personally find it aggravating because the overwhelming majority of the time even when the necro isn't outright spam the topic is so old as to not be relevant anymore.
My suggestion FWIW is that the ability to post in old threads be added as a reputation reward. Wowhead already has a necro policy and it seems that this approach would go a long way to eliminating the abuse rather than filing mod reports.
The problem is that not everything is technically a necro. Just because the thread is old doesn't mean it's not okay to post in it. This all comes down to the content being added to the thread, the old content already present in the thread and if any of that content is confusing based on current information (i.e: is any of it extremely out of date or no longer relevant).
This is the primary reason that we ask for it to be reported when/if something of this nature is called into question. These things in particular require analysis on a case-by-case basis. If the thread is old but still contains information that is relevant today and could still continue with a new constructive conversation then we say "have at it." If it's very out dated and no longer relevant and someone provides new information that is actually pertinent, then we'll likely ask them to make a new thread to provoke new conversation and likely allow the previous thread to fall back into the abyss. And lastly, if the new response is irrelevant or doesn't really provide any opportunity for conversation, we may just lock that thread up and notify the individual who posted.
Those are the typical actions we'd take when an old thread is resurrected. But, those aren't the only possible outcomes that could arise and as such we'd just like to ask that you continue to report them so we can make the decision on it.
In regards to the suggestion... we of course always appreciate suggestions but my personal opinion is that it wouldn't be worth the developer time/money to implement something of this nature nor do I feel that it would be honestly beneficial to the forum community as a whole. The current system works, for better or worse, and until such a time that it doesn't I doubt we'll see a change like this.(##RESPBREAK##)8##DELIM##sas148##DELIM##
something i noticed at threads who were necroed with 1 post is that they read into the rules slightly and figured its better too bump a topic back then make an old one.
sadly they often pick a really old one that isnt longer relevant or has tons of incorrect information. most of the the time they mean good, but make a silly mistake. and if its pointed out they often stop making that mistake and become usefull members of wowhead.
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