I’ve noticed that lately many recent threads have an expiration date:
I’m not sure how these are arising or why? Are moderators doing this to all new threads?
This seems to be setting up a pretty big paradigm shift; I feel that Discourse does a decent job at handling necromancy, and I’ve gotten the impression that, when you have something novel to add to the discussion, adding a post to an old thread is to be encouraged over creating a new thread.
Yes, there have been specific instances of pointless necromancy (after which a moderator promptly closed those threads), but it seems to me these instances are few and far between compared to good necromancy. The typical Rust community member knows how to revive old threads responsibly, and most threads don’t invite inane comments from passerby in the far future. For example, take this thread:
I could easily picture that in seven months, somebody might want to share that they successfully implemented this idea as a Rustc plugin or similar. If that happens, I would want to hear about it… and for that reason I would gladly take the risk of somebody potentially posting a useless comment that I don’t really want to read.
Edit: I can confirm at least that moderators are not doing this manually, as this thread was given a 3-month expiration the very moment it was posted. It must be a default setting somewhere.