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Michael Swierczek
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Frequently, I find that some fragment of information I need is contained in an existing older post, but some piece is missing. (Or, more often, the last piece is present but I don't understand how or why it works.)

So would anyone suggest that I quote the relevant text in a new thread, or simply post a reply to something that may have been inactive for months or years?

I don't imagine it's terribly important either way, but I don't want to irritate the exact individuals who seem to have the answers I want.
 
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You could always create a new thread where you post a link to the old thread. Or just ask your questions as if it was new.

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Marilyn de Queiroz
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I see no problem if you quote the relevant text in a new thread.
 
Andrew Monkhouse
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Personally I prefer to see your question tacked onto the end of the old thread. That way I can easily see what the earlier discussions were, and how they relate to your question.

And this also means that if somebody is doing a similar search to yours in the future, they will find your "add-on" question in the same place as the original question. Otherwise we might end up with several people all asking the same add-on question over time.

Plus, if you create a new topic with a link to the old topic, it is one more page I have to open - while this may not require much time, it is noticable when browsing from Australia.

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I agree with Andrew. I think it is nice to indicate that you realize it is an old thread when bumping though. That makes it easier for people to follow and eliminates the possibility that someone will inform you it is an old thread.
 
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On the other hand, appending your question to an older one has the potential of drifting from the original topic, making it hard to keep track on what the current discussion actually is about.

So I'm more in the "new thread" camp, unless it's very clear that not much follow up discussion is to be expected.
 
Stuart Ash
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
On the other hand, appending your question to an older one has the potential of drifting from the original topic, making it hard to keep track on what the current discussion actually is about.

So I'm more in the "new thread" camp, unless it's very clear that not much follow up discussion is to be expected.


An append I guess can be done if the thread is already idle, else multithreading within the thread can be confusing, and a new thread preferable, like Ilja says.

My 1 cent.
 
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