Hi all of you who have been in these forums much longer than I have,
I have a question about when it is considered appropriate to start a new topic in any given forum. My experience with internet discussion boards has been that people start new threads fairly often, even when talking about a subject for which they may have started a thread in the near or more distant past. This was usually because old threads were rarely read by most of the members on a board, so if someone wanted any attention, a new thread would usually do the trick much better than would replying to an old thread.
Here, though, I see that people post in the same threads even for years at a time. It is not clear to me yet whether lots of people read old threads or not; there are some old threads that are quite lively, and others that consist of a long conversation between two or three people. So it is not clear to me yet whether it is as useful to revisit one's old threads when one has something more to say on the topic, or to start a fresh new topic.
Also it isn't clear to me what the culture on the forums expects people to do regarding starting or not starting new threads. Is it considered bad form to create a new topic to "supersede" an old thread? Is there a rule, or is there a custom, or is there just what people tend to do nobody feeling strongly about it one way or the other?
Of course, since I am a survivor, I try to avoid breaking unwritten rules.
But I cannot quite figure out what the rule is in this case. Should I stop worrying and just post in whatever way feels natural?