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EA_LannaEA_Lanna Posts: 3,294 EA Community Manager
edited April 2019 in Forum Rules
⋆☆⋆☆⋆ Please use this thread for all Necroposting queries ⋆☆⋆☆⋆

Hello Folks,

We’ve heard you. We listened to your queries and feedback surrounding Necroposting and from that have created this go-to guide for all things Necroposting. Whether you are looking to learn more about the forum rule in general or you just have a specific question - this is the place for you.

But first things first, this is the forum rule from the Don’ts section:
Necropost. Reviving, updating or bumping old, outdated and irrelevant threads is not helpful for our community. It's best to check when the thread was created before you hit post, just to make sure it's not 2 years old for example.

We'll cover 4 Core areas:
  1. Best Practice Guidelines: The Do’s and Don’ts of Necroposting
  2. FAQ’s
  3. What to do when you encounter Necroposting
  4. A note for New Members

⋆☆⋆☆⋆ Best Practice Guidelines ⋆☆⋆☆⋆
Sometimes it's ok to necro threads if it warrants it. The Do's and Don'ts below will help break down when it's ok to and when not to necropost.
(I'll update this section as we go with any additional points I might have missed or ones that were raised in this thread.)

The Do's and Don'ts of Necroposting
  • Take time to review things. You’ll get a good idea as to whether this is the right thread for you by doing so. Things such as:
    - Reading the opening post and title. This will give some context as to what is being discussed in that thread.
    - Checking the section. At the top of the page, the section will help you to discern more information e.g. A thread in the Sims 3 section will mostly likely be about a Sims 3 specific feature/gameplay chat/issue so posting a Sims 4 related issue in there isn’t ok and completely avoidable.
    - Looking at the timestamps. For example, if the last comment is from 6 years ago it's probably not going to be a good idea to revive that.
  • Add new and helpful information. If you have insights not yet shared, it's 100% ok to bump the discussion regardless of the timestamp. Future Simmers will definitely appreciate this and it justifies the revival of older and potentially outdated discussions. Please do post answers if you come across an unresolved thread. Other people may stumble upon them and find that your answer helps.
  • Ask a question - if it's not already been answered in that thread! You can definitely post to ask relevant questions. I'm sure other Simmers would be wondering the same thing.
  • Show your appreciation. Simmers have put a lot of effort into sourcing and supplying helpful information and workarounds, of course you’ll want to say thanks. You can show your appreciation to those Simmers by hitting that Promote, Insightful, Like or Awesome button rather than resurrecting older discussions.

  • Moderate other Simmers. We noticed that members were popping into revived threads to educate others on the Necroposting rule. We understand that this rule can be a bit tricky to grasp so we'd ask the community to be patient and understanding with others. We think it’s great that you want to help the community, but when it comes to the Forum Rules, we - the Moderation team - are responsible to communicate these. Moderating your peers can bring negative attention towards you or will derail a thread to discuss Necroposting. Nobody wants that.
  • Stay silent. If you see a thread being closed but you have new or insightful information to add to the conversation - let us know! Please reach out to one of the EA Mods and we'll re-evaluate things. We won’t be able to read your minds so we are asking you help us to help you.
  • Chat about closed threads in other discussions as this is essentially chatting about moderation. Doing so detracts from the intended conversation of those threads. It’s not fair to other people who are actually looking to keep on topic. As we’ve said above, we’re open to reevaluating closed threads if there’s a good reason so please do message us directly.

⋆☆⋆☆⋆ FAQ's ⋆☆⋆☆⋆

We have collected some frequently asked questions below and answered them. Let us know if we haven't covered yours!
  • Why is there a need for a Necroposting rule? The necroposting rule is there to prevent old, outdated, irrelevant discussions cluttering out the newer, more relevant discussions that the community wants to discuss. There are a few other factors involved but this is the main one. The forum rule is there to better facilitate the community's needs.
  • How old is 'too old'? There’s no hard timeframe to put down because ‘old’ is a relative term that is entirely dependant on the type of thread/discussion/issue. It's always a good idea to look at the timestamps to see if it's an active discussion before you post in there to avoid needlessly necroing threads. Like, if the conversation has naturally concluded or if there's nothing new to add to the thread - then bumping an inactive thread to simply say "cool" would be a necropost.
  • Are there exceptions to the Necroposting rule? Absolutely! Some threads aren’t designed to expire and can be open-ended or even ‘timeless’. Such threads wouldn’t be locked for Necroposting.
  • Are Stories & Legacy threads subject to necroing? No, these threads are considered one of the exceptions to the rule. Stories and legacies are designed to be added onto. Stories continue to grow and evolve overtime and therefore can never be considered an outdated or irrelevant topic because it isn't a topic, it's a story. Another way to look at this is when you have a new addition to add to the story, this is the equivalent of adding "new information" which we’ve outlined above as an acceptable necro.
  • Why not Auto-lock old threads? It's something we get asked a lot but in short, we can't auto-lock threads right now. There are exceptions to the Necroposting rules that would get caught in the automatic locking of threads such as Feedback threads, Story & Legacy threads, Roleplaying/Game threads, Tech threads, Mega Threads, etc. There is little reason to auto-lock old threads as they run their course over time and tend to drop off naturally. The moderation team only really steps in to close threads when the situation requires it and we are happy to continue doing so.
  • What about Auto deleting or archiving threads? As many of you have pointed out, there are a multitude of helpful threads on this forum that pre-date 2014 that players should still be able to find and benefit from. Removing these would be to take away a valuable self-help resource for many Simmers looking for guidance or insight offered in them.

⋆☆⋆☆⋆ How to handle misposting or, What to do when you see a necro ⋆☆⋆☆⋆

We often get messages along the lines of "I've seen a necro'd discussion, what do I do or how best can I help within the rules?". We'd advise thinking of the following before posting in the thread:
  • Can you help? If it's been bumped with a question and you know how the answer or a workaround to the problem, do share your insights - it's always awesome to see Simmers helping each other out.
  • Is there a current/more relevant thread? If you know of an active thread, it'd be great to share a link to these with new users. It's not always the easiest to navigate around the forums when you’re new here so the guidance from fellow community members is appreciated.
  • None of the above applies? Please flag that thread to us. If you do come across a necro'd discussion and feel it shouldn't have been bumped, we would ask that you report it (via the Flag - Report function) so we can follow-up with the member and closing the thread if needs be.

⋆☆⋆☆⋆ New Members ⋆☆⋆☆⋆

Hello there! o/

We hope you are enjoying your time and feel welcome here on the official English Sims forum. We know that creating threads isn't an option for you right now so please feel free to reach out to a member of the Moderation team if you have any questions and we'll direct you to the most appropriate thread as best we can. Also an excellent informative thread for you as a New members to check out is the “Small change for New Members:).

Couldn’t find what you were looking for? If you have questions not covered in this please post in the “Necroposting Rule - Add your questions here for the Forum Moderation Team” thread and we’ll aim to respond asap.
Post edited by EA_Lanna on
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