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Frowned upon? Yes. Is anything done about it? Fuck no.
It's not a good idea mostly because...
We've got fourty-thousand threads of BS active as it is.
As the point of being archived,it does no use of reviving old threads.
Plus,chances are ,the author of the thread won't be here to defend themselves,anyhoo. So what's the point of reviving the dead?
Do what is right. Waste bandwidth,use the quote button and start a new thread.
Correct. Or bumping a presidential debate from 4 years ago isn't such a good idea either. Don't laugh, I've seen it happen on other AlienSoup. Rarely will a discussion that has been stale for 3 months be relevant today.
It most likely wont be an issue on here, at least not yet. Usually when threads older than 3 months are bumped, they're done by people looking to get into the arcade. And generally they contribute nothing significant to the discussion (ie: responses are usually of the type "Yeah, me too!").
Yeah, but sometimes it contributes good things. I bumped that bad rep thread in B&T because I would rather see an old thread being used than two threads of the same thing. You can't really bump rants though, because everyone's situation is different. Bumping someone else's thread to post your own rant doesn't seem fair. And if you're trying to help a person out by bumping their threads, there's a good chance they're long gone.
Also, I like seeing posts from old members that don't come here anymore.