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Deprecation policy on forum, move posts instead of locking


WorldsEnder
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The general support forums receives a lot of threads about old, officially unsupported versions of forge.

 

The crux is though that these threads are picked up by google and search engines, leading to dead posts without solutions. The posts are locked, so even if I or someone else knows the solution to the reported problem, it's impossible to answer for future visitors.

Consider moving the threads to another board, where while no official support is provided, perhaps other users can contribute to the solution.

 

Would apply to Modder Support as well, generally coming to a locked thread from a google search is very discouraging.

Precondition: the forum software supports moving Topics.

 

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1 hour ago, WorldsEnder said:

The posts are locked, so even if I or someone else knows the solution to the reported problem, it's impossible to answer for future visitors.

Yes, that is the point of locking them.

Support for old versions is not provided here, asking about them is a violation of the rules. We don't outright warn people about it - the first post simply gets locked with an information message.

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10 minutes ago, diesieben07 said:

Support for old versions is not provided here, asking about them is a violation of the rules

Also agreed. I'm not suggesting you should answer them, takes too much time and effort that you and the team can spend better.

I'm suggesting a Board where the community can discuss them. Which can't be on the official board, since answering them there would bump the post and create noise, etc...

 

I'm coming back to modding for a mod for 1.12 and basically when I google a problem, 3 of 10 spots are taken by locked minecraftforge topics, 3 more by stackoverflow question (also the wrong place to ask) and the rest by unhelpful planet minecraft discussions. Judging by the amount of questions of "where to ask these questions" I'm not alone on this one. SEO will just push other content out.

 

Hence the solution with biggest benefit/effort I can think of: create a free-for-all Board with no official answers or expectation to answers from the Forge team, even if it results in unanswered questions, maybe they get answered months later by a rando and help one or two people in the future...

 

If you decide to lock, I guess I'll just give up finding anything for the older versions, keep up the great support for the newer toys.

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