They are still searchable and can function as reference. I’m just fed up with people resurrecting topics from years ago, sometimes with inane comments. I don’t want the onus to be on me to have to change my tracking on these topics.
The ones that’s really discussing things that have been fixed/changed/solved, to the point that those discussions are not relevant anymore. Those threads should be closed. And if there’s a resolution to the old request in that post, it should be listed at the end.
The ones that despite being many years old, they are still relevant today, and in many cases showing how long these issues have been unresolved. Those should stay open.
I personally don’t mind getting notified about old topics or answers being revived/replied to by someone, who has taken an interest. I feel like users still being able to participate in these, prevents the recreation ad absurdum of similar threads about the same topic.
Users first searching, instead of blindly posting, get kinda rewarded for their exemplary behaviour, because they can revive a discussion, in case they haven’t found a specific answer (and don’t have to recreate the thread). Otherwise, why search in the first place, when you have to create a new discussion eitherway?
How many notifications do you guys even get (except staff)? I mean I’ve answered probably hundreds of questions in the last few years, and only get notifications about old threads from time to time. It’s not really that dramatic, and most people are only liking or writing kind words, because they already found what they were looking for.
I agree, that there should be an option for users, who don’t want to be notified about legacy threads, to turn them off. As for closing the threads, I don’t see any benefit and strongly disagree!