This quote is straight from the "New Members" Sticky:
6. Remember that threads get deleted for lots of reasons, most of them having no reflection on the original poster. They can be nuked because they're the umpteenth copy of the same discussion in a short period, because they're on topics which too often degenerate into flame wars, because they have nothing to do with making money, because they're pointless, because they tend to drift into bashing, and lots of other reasons
The owner of the forum allows us to make judgment calls and I realize not everyone is going to agree with them, but we do have to make them.
I recently saw this post from Paul Myers, who we all appreciate. (Remember, Paul is not the only moderator in this forum, he is the most visible though and I reiterate, it was not him who closed that thread).
He closed a thread saying,
"Please use the search function. There have been quite a few threads on this already this year."
Is this a new policy? If it were applied evenly, that would mean maybe 50-60% of the posts would be closed down. I've been here for 4 years now, and I see the WF as a place where all the old questions are asked by newbies on an ongoing basis. Sometimes the answers are the same, sometimes they change as IM techniques evolve.
My view is that closing threads has a chilling effect on the open discussion that makes the WF so useful. Ideally, newbies should do a search before asking a question, but human nature being what it is, many do not.
Since discussion is being locked on some frequent topics, should people replying to a post do a search to make sure it has not been addressed in the past?
This is not negative criticism, only questions by someone who values the WF.