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    Old Marketplace Posts

    Have you been noticing that several have been restarted due to Google hits. The last one was over 4 years old. I don't see why we can't just archive those over a year old or just delete them. Might stop these essentaily dead threads and dead ends from resufacing.

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    As an alternative, I would suggest closing any marketplace posts after a certain date. Being the packrat that I am, I like keeping information. Keeping the posts means that the Marketplace board becomes an archive of sorts to see what has been coming up for sale, and on occaision, selling prices. Since it takes no more effort to close a thread than to delete it, I prefer the former over the latter.
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    As a test, I closed all of the marketplace threads that are over one month old. If anyone feels this too long or too short, voice your opinion here. If there is a consensus that this is not a good approach, it's no big deal to undo the closures.

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    You're on the right track, and it's an excellent idea. IMHO a longer time to closing might make more sense. I was thinking something around 3-6 months without any new posts, if it's not any more trouble than one. But then I guess if someone really needs to contact the seller, a PM will do.

    Was your month from the date of the first post or the last?

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    For most Market Place threads a moth is fine, but there are many times when that is just too short of a time period... I'd like to see them wait 90 days before closing them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Don McRitchie View Post
    Being the packrat that I am, I like keeping information.
    We buried alot of good information in Marketplace...

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    Close instead of delete

    So we may check for reference in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giskard View Post
    We buried alot of good information in Marketplace...
    yes indeed.......

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    For most Market Place threads a month is fine, but there are many times when that is just too short of a time period... I'd like to see them wait 90 days before closing them.

    Widget
    agree, sounds very reasonable


    Quote Originally Posted by spkrman57 View Post
    So we may check for reference in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    For most Market Place threads a moth is fine, but there are many times when that is just too short of a time period... I'd like to see them wait 90 days before closing them.


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    I'd second the 90 days before closing.
    Looking at the two threads on each of the latest 10 Lansing Marketplace pages with the most replies found that 16 of the twenty threads had a span of 90 days or less between the first and last post. Only 4 threads, 20 percent, had posts more than 90 days after the thread was started.

    An exception might be made for the Ad of the Day thread.
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    For what it is worth, the method I used to close threads is that there had to be no activity in the thread for the last 30 days. In other words, the time was measured from the last post and not the first post.

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    How to edit or erase threads on the Marketplace ?

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