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EA_LeelooEA_Leeloo Posts: 2,020 EA Staff (retired)
edited August 2021 in Forum Rules
Sul sul Simmers!

As you all know, our forum rules got an overhaul this year - some rules were adjusted and new ones were added so everyone can feel at home and comfortable on our forum. :)

One of the new rules we added is this:
  • Don't "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 Reviving, updating or bumping old, outdated and irrelevant threads is not helpful for our community.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 get that "necroposting" can be a bit confusing - sometimes it's okay to comment in an older, inactive thread but sometimes it isn't. And because this can be tricky, we want to give you a few guidelines to help you figure out when to revive a thread and when not to.

So, please keep reading to find out more about "necroposting":
If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the EA Forum Team: @EA_Lanna , @EA_Mako , or @EA_Cade
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  • EA_LeelooEA_Leeloo Posts: 2,020 EA Staff (retired)
    Frequently Asked Questions

    We have collected some frequently asked questions (FAQs) below and answered them. Let us know if we haven't covered yours!

    Why do we need a Necroposting rule?
    The main reason why we have the necroposting rule is that we want to make sure that the newer, more relevant discussions aren't getting buried by old, outdated, irrelevant discussions that would just clutter the forum.
    So, this rule is there to better support the community's needs.

    How old is 'too old'?
    The answer to this question is not that straightforward; ‘old’ is a rather relative term that is entirely dependant on the type of discussion or issue.
    A good starting point to figure out if a thread might be 'too old' is to look at the timestamp and the last comments. That way you will see if the discussion is still active and relevant before you post and can avoid necroing the thread.
    That means bumping a conversation that has naturally ended or posting without adding new info would be necroposting (for example, just saying "cool" in a thread that has been quiet for 2 years).

    Are there exceptions to the necroposting rule?
    Absolutely! Some discussions don't really 'expire' because they are open-ended or even timeless. If you follow the tips in this thread, you'll be able to decide when it's okay to post in an older discussion and when it's not.

    What about Stories & Legacy threads?
    Stories and Legacy threads are designed to be added onto - they continue to grow and evolve over time. That means they can never be considered outdated or irrelevant! Think about it this way: when you have something to add to the story, this is the same as adding "new info" to a thread. And as we’ve outlined above, that's perfectly fine!

    Why are old threads not auto-locked?
    Long story short - there is no feature to auto-lock threads right now.
    But that's not really an issue because, usually, there is little need for old threads to be locked. Discussions normally run their course over time and tend to drop off naturally.
    The moderation team only steps in to close threads when it's required and the reasons why it's necessary will always be explained in the closing post.

    What about deleting or archiving threads?
    Many of you have pointed out that there are a lot of helpful threads on this forum that pre-date 2014. We feel that players should still be able to benefit from these so removing them would mean to take away a great resource for Simmers looking for guidance or insight.

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