Originally Posted by ChrisLilley
Yes, you implied that adding useful new information to old threads was a stupid thing to do, and backed that up by asserting that it had only been done because the poster was a noob. Presumably experienced users have learned not to contribute useful information.
Way to go, scaring off the new users! I find your assumption that adding good information to an old thread rather than, presumably, either starting a new duplicate one or just not posting at all, is unfounded.
...and since we all know I
can't keep my
mouth shut at these sorts of opportunities,
, I'll say that I took the low post count and recent join date completely separate from the content, and only applied it to the fact that the member should've started a new thread if he was so knowledgeable in this field.
There is plenty of wasted space here on the NBF, and if that's really
your concern, I suggest you stop contributing to the Dell Rep Thread, as currently you have 114 posts there that have nothing to do with notebook technology.
But as we all know, this technology evolves quite quickly, and what was true about components two years ago is very often no longer true about today's replacement components.
Soooo, the ressurecter of this thread certainly had relative insight that warranted starting a new thread, and we should all encourage new members to do so when they have information very specific to share.
However, there's no denying that there are many members with double, triple, multiple accounts where "new members" disruptively add to threads or dredge up old ones. As a result, new members do have to "prove" themselves to be genuine in their intentions, as far as I'm concerned, and only for that reason do I ever pay attention to a member's post count.
Those with high post counts relative to their join date (joined six months ago with twelve hundred posts, for example) raise my skeptical brow just as much as those with low post counts relative to their join date (joined two years ago, with only five posts, for example).
A member's post count has never been a direct reflection, at least to me, of their knowledge or helpfulness. It has always been a reflection of their intent
here at the NBF.
Furthermore, I find technical threads that run on for over a hundred posts over the course of several months very cumbersome, because there's simply too much to wade through.
A thread here at NBF is a bit like a piece of fruit growing off a tree. If the same piece of fruit didn't get replaced by a new one just like it, it would get old and rotten.
So we should, uhmmm...
...welcome the new fruit?