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    #1

    Closure of threads

    This is a topic that has vexed me in the past and continues to vex me today as a non-insider. Just today I attempted to post a reply to a thread that seemed fresh and lively to me, a frequent current user, only to be told that the thread was closed.

    Could you kindly give us guidance as to why, how and when threads are closed?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Closure of threads

    Threads are closed automatically when they have not received a response after a certain period of time - three months, I think. Check the date of the last post. You can always start a fresh thread on the topic if you wish.

    Moderators occasionally close a thread earlier for some reason that they normally give when they close it.

    ps (later). I have just come across a recent thread which has been closed without a reason being given. If one looks at the comments from the OP to some of the people who have attempted to be of assistance, one can guess that a mod has closed the thread to preserve harmony in the forum.
    Last edited by Piscean; 30-Aug-2015 at 07:50. Reason: ps added

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    Re: Closure of threads

    If you want a thread re-opening, just let us know. Sometimes you do see threads that have been closed for no apparent reason- it's normally the OP who has done it after getting an answer. When I see those, I re-open them. I only close threads when they're getting heated or if there's a problem like copyright or homework. Older threads that have not been posted in do get closed automatically- it is intended to reduce the scope for spammers using automated programs searching entire databases for key words. When humans want to post, we're happy to re-open.

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    Re: Closure of threads

    Can you not see the reason the moderator puts when a thread is closed? Or you usually can, but in this case, no reason was given?

    I'm not able to see what others see.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Closure of threads

    When a thread is closed, I can see nothing about why or who.

    I am not talking about old threads, only current ones.

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    Re: Closure of threads

    Case in point: This thread was closed for no apparent reason and with no explanation.

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1182414

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    #7

    Re: Closure of threads

    Okay, well...
    I wasn't remembering correctly.
    If you DELETE a post, you can give a reason. As an experiment, I'm going to delete (temporarily) Mike's post (that thread appears to be open now) and give the reason of "testing."
    Please let me know if you can see that reason in a reply.

    It seems you cannot give a reason for CLOSING the thread. That's why most moderators will write something like "Closing this thread as the OP received and answer and the thread has migrated to a new topic - please open a new thread for that topic" as the final post in the thread.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Closure of threads

    That seems to be right. We only get a "reasons" box when we edit posts, not when we close a thread. If I close a thread, I always write a final post explaining what I'm doing and why.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Closure of threads

    Barb, I see the reason for the deleted post.

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    #10

    Re: Closure of threads

    Barb, please undelete my post.

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