Posted 14 October 2013 - 16:23
The problem with rehashing old threads is quite often the information contained in the thread is no longer valid - be it changes in tech, changes in the software, changes in hardware. People in the thread even the OP might have moved on - and no longer frequent neowin, etc. etc..
Now placing an arbitrary age to when this happens can be difficult - could be as little as a few months, to a year or 2.
Placing the thread of X days/months old into a read only mode seems logical, and might save the time of mods having to close threads that are responded too - quite often by spambots looking up keywords and adding garbage to them.
Then we have users that don't read the thread before they post and get it started again, etc. So the read only mode could be a time saver for the mods for sure.
If you have an issue that is related to a older thread - it is better to create a new thread with your current specifics and just reference that old thread.
My 2 cents on the matter.