Merging a post into a topic keeps the original post separate


(Dan Dascalescu) #1

A user has just created a single-sentence thread on my forum referring to an older thread (2014), without linking to it. Presumably they did so to avoid necroposting on the old thread.

However, we don’t have a policy against necro-posting, so I’ve merged that post into the older thread. I expected the single-post thread to disappear, and the older thread to be bumped to the top.

The problem is both the single-post new thread and the revived one show up:

Is this intended? What is the use case of displaying a closed post/thread that has been merged into the open one?


(Joshua Rosenfeld) #2

One use case is search. In your case, the user created a new topic intentionally to avoid necro-posting. In many cases, however, topics are created because the user couldn’t find a previous topic. Perhaps the title of the old topic didn’t make sense to the user, they’re likely not the only one who couldn’t find it.

In your case in particular, I’d just delete the merged topic.