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For example, if you do a search on log analysis, you will find that there are many recommendations for the Mach5 (FastStats) product. On the strength of this, I went and bought it. I am now regretting it because it does not provide a stat for Unique IP Adresses (the developers, in their wisdom, deliberately left it out).
I want to warn people not to buy it if they are at all interested in Unique IP Addresses but every time I try to post to the threads that recommend it, I can't.
Surely this needs fixing? Maybe, if you're going to close a thread, then you should also take it down. Otherwise old information just sits around and no-one can comment on it.
If you truly have new information on something that follows up on a closed thread, why not start a new thread and put a link to the old one in your post? That way, people can see what you're referring to and you can provide whatever new information you have.
Hawkgirl - I think you might also be missing my point. A lot of people find information on this board by doing a search and in the results there are a lot of closed threads. It's therefore easy to read out of date info without seeing the newer threads that you're referring to. Anyone reading a closed thread via the search will not necessarily know about the newer thread because the closed thread can no longer be added to. Make sense? Maybe they need to improve the search so that new threads come up first and closed threads are clearly marked as such.
At least then, we won't end up with stale, unreliable info on the boards too.
We've also found that there is a high ratio to "post bumping" and "cause" marketing. Most often those old posts that were getting bumped, were by product manufactuers or people on causes. Sofware threads such as Mach 5 are always getting bumped by programmers or competitors.