View Full Version : Simple way to stop zombie threads?

04-29-2007, 09:34 AM
Just a thought,

Is it possible to amend the phpBB code so that posts from previous years have a different background color?

If you were viewing a thread from 2004 that some dude foolishly revived with an "i dont see the clip" post, this would make it immediately obvious.

I'm sure it's possible for a php programmer to do this, it's just a matter of whether someone feels it's worth the bother. If you want to be really sophisticated, you could make posts over 6 months old color-coded so people can distinguish posts from 2006 from posts from 2001.


04-29-2007, 11:38 AM
This is doable with some custom mods, but I always found it fairly simple to look at the date the thread was posted, which is always included on the opening post. I figure that if people don't notice that, a different color will not have much of an impact either.


09-16-2007, 01:02 PM
Except that:

1. The list of threads only gives the date of the last post in the thread. To see the date the thread started, you have to go into the thread and look at the first post.

2. And the first post may be on a different page, if the thread is a long one.

3. And finally, the date is given in a smaller font size, i.e. reading it involves "reading the fine print." Especially since the year of the post is in the center of the date-and-time string rather than the end.

IOW the date of the thread is something you have to hunt for, rather than something obvious at a glance the way a different background color would be.

Now if the date of the first post were given in the threads-in-forum list, then your suggestion to just look at the thread date would have much more merit.

E.g. give the first post date right after the thread starter:

Actual Tickling, a thread
J_random_poster, 09-16-2001

rather than just giving the thread starter

Actual Tickling, a thread