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Why do topics get closed?
14-Apr-18 2:43pm

Why do topics get closed? Is there a time limit on how long they stay open?
14-Apr-18 2:51pm
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews

Mainly, it's for database performance reasons. If we keep them open, it slows the site down because it has to look through a lot of old stuff before it finds the active stuff. There's a similar issues with how stuff is displayed to users. In some cases, there can just been too many old/useless topic in people's faces if we keep topics open.

For the main/public forums (e.g. General or any of the marketplace forums), a topic is closed if it hasn't gotten a new post in 14 days. For user forums, it's 180 days.

There is also a forum archive that moves older topics/posts to a separate database table after 2 years (if closed). This is also for performance reasons. The archive is also not accessible to not signed on users.

Subscribers can re-open their topics as long as the topic isn't archived. Non-subscribers can pm me to request that I re-open their closed topic.

Why do topics get closed?