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D&D 5E Why do people care when threads get necro'd?


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Blue Orange

Adventurer
This seems to be a big deal for some people... someone here on the boards gets an old thread in their mentions and then read it and respond, not noticing the thread is "old". And invariably there are other who then show up to say "Necro'd thread!"... as if that is actually a problem.

Why exactly? Why is responding to an old thread such a big deal? Quite frankly I think a lot of concepts and ideas would be better off if the person who created a new thread had actually gone back and reread the old ones that had already gone over the same exact ground. Because they'd save themselves a lot of time and energy and seen exactly what everyone had already come up with for an answer. I mean, it seems like ever several months there's a brand-new thread asking why there isn't a Warlord or an Arcane Half-Caster in the game, or how do people run the Stealth rules... despite the fact that we've had three, five, nine, a dozen previous threads about them over the years.

Personally, I think if people are going to keep pointing out "Thread necromancy!", it's only right and fair that when a new thread is made regarding a topic that has clearly been created many times before, that someone immediately post 'Thread conjuration!" :)

** In the spirit in which this thread was created, I hope and expect someone to please do a search on this exact same topic, then post the link to that thread that also decries the continued castigation of thread necromancy, and follow it up by a "Thread conjuration!" response. Thank you. You do the Arneson's work.**

If there's a flamewar, we can post "Thread evocation!"

Seriously, I don't see a problem with it. Maybe you're searching and have information for a post that never got answered--even if it's not going to help the OP, it can help the next person who goes searching. Look at all the witch threads, for instance. I was able to recommend them to someone who wanted to make a 5e witch equivalent, and even the ones that were inactive were helpful.
 

mrpopstar

Sparkly Dude
If there's a flamewar, we can post "Thread evocation!"

Seriously, I don't see a problem with it. Maybe you're searching and have information for a post that never got answered--even if it's not going to help the OP, it can help the next person who goes searching. Look at all the witch threads, for instance. I was able to recommend them to someone who wanted to make a 5e witch equivalent, and even the ones that were inactive were helpful.
And when you see a new thread started by a recognizable poster and you don't even have to click through because you already know what it says, that's called Thread Divination.
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DEFCON 1

Legend
So it looks like what we have are the following:

Thread necromancy: Reviving an old thread.
Thread conjuration: Creating a new duplicate thread about a topic that has been made before.
Thread evocation: A thread which results in a flamewar over a certain topic.
Thread divination: A thread created by a poster that has a known MO and thus is unnecessary to actually read.
Thread transmutation: A thread that has diverged off-topic from the original post.
Thread illusion: A thread either posted in the wrong forum, or given an incorrect tag.
Thread enchantment: A thread topic where you feel compelled to respond even if you don't actually care.
Thread abjuration: Making a thread a (+) in order to ward off threadcrappers and trolls.

I request that everyone please memorize this list and post the requisite exclamation in any thread in which these spells appear. Dividing by school is the only way we can categorize our EN World threads properly.

Thank you very much. You do the Arneson's work.
 


Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
I don't mind when it's relevant, but I do point out if someone's replying to a person that hasn't been on the board for a decade, or they rez a thread with a really inane/useless response.
The latter one is what I found baffling.

So some person, in 2007, decided to start a threat about what character they should play next. The thread dies after a few dozen responses.

Then in 2021 someone pipes up and say "dwarf fighters can be fun*". Really? You dug up a thread from over a decade ago, that has clearly "expired" and that's why you did it? Why were you reading a thread from 2007 in the first place?!?

* edit: dwarf fighters can be fun! But there is not creativity in the suggestion. It's like someone said "have you tried cheese on a pizza?"
 
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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Then in 2021 someone pipes up and say "dwarf fighters can be fun*". Really? You dug up a thread from over a decade ago, that has clearly "expired" and that's why you did it?

Because you're not the boss of me! Dwarf fighters can be fun! Besides, I just learned that they are, like, twice as fun if you play them with a Scottish accent, and I absolutely had to share that.

Why were you reading a thread from 2007 in the first place?!?

To quote Free Games Movement activist Jack Weinberg, "Don't trust any thread under 14."
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Because you're not the boss of me! Dwarf fighters can be fun! Besides, I just learned that they are, like, twice as fun if you play them with a Scottish accent, and I absolutely had to share that.

I wanted to add a P.S. to the post but got distracted. But let me repeat myself, something that I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, do, and restate:

Of course dwarven fighters are fun. But it's like suggesting cheese on pizza, or noting that most kids seem to love candy. Everyone knows that!

Did I mention I never repeat myself?
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I wanted to add a P.S. to the post but got distracted. But let me repeat myself, something that I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, do, and restate:

Of course dwarven fighters are fun. But it's like suggesting cheese on pizza, or noting that most kids seem to love candy. Everyone knows that!

Did I mention I never repeat myself?

Wait, you think that Dwarf Fighters are fun?

Well then I need to necro a thread to reiterate that Dwarf Fighters suck!

All the same. Just a bunch of bad characters, wandering around, trying to approximate a bad Scottish accent and pretending they have a drinking problem. "oooh.... you have an axe and dislike elves? QUELLE SURPRISE!"

Dwarf fighters are the bane of D&D.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Wait, you think that Dwarf Fighters are fun?

Well then I need to necro a thread to reiterate that Dwarf Fighters suck!

All the same. Just a bunch of bad characters, wandering around, trying to approximate a bad Scottish accent and pretending they have a drinking problem. "oooh.... you have an axe and dislike elves? QUELLE SURPRISE!"

Dwarf fighters are the bane of D&D.
stop trying to transmute this thread! :D
 


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