Can you close a thread?


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Jan20-12, 11:14 AM
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Dear moderator - sometimes a thread gets so full of irrelevant information that it is no use to anybody, including the OP. The problem is nobody is going to read it, even if there is a useful answer buried at the bottom. Frustrating.

I would like to close it and start a new thread asking the question a different way. Please let me know if you can do this and I will send you the link. Would really appreciate it. I am still hoping to get an answer.
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Jan20-12, 11:17 AM
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If you see a thread you think needs to be closed simply report it using the report button under a nameplate. Choose a post that you think is an appropriate example of why the thread is no longer useful/contains irrelevant information. Then in the report window write a detailed description of what problem you are trying to highlight.
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Jan20-12, 11:20 AM
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Thank you. Wow, you are prompt! I just read about using the Report button in another thread and was going to do that.

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Jan20-12, 11:22 AM
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Can you close a thread?


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Wow, you are prompt!
Here at Physics Forums we aim to please
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Jan20-12, 03:03 PM
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So far, really like this forum. I just need to master the gentle art of asking responders to stay on topic - kind of like herding chickens. Oh well.

Can you advise how to tell if a thread is closed? So far I have not seen how this is designated. Also, if I make a request to have a thread closed, will I get a response? Or is the answer simply that the thread is, or is not closed? Thanks.
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Jan20-12, 03:05 PM
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The new reply button will say locked and will have a key picture on it like this.

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Jan20-12, 03:19 PM
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So far, really like this forum. I just need to master the gentle art of asking responders to stay on topic


Welcome to the forum. I love your optimism.
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Jan20-12, 03:40 PM
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Quote Quote by jwriter View Post
Can you advise how to tell if a thread is closed?
In a forum's thread list, a locked thread has an icon with a little padlock on it.
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Jan20-12, 03:43 PM
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When a thread is locked no one can post anymore nor edit their posts and as rollcast points out the locked symbol will appear at the top and bottom of the page.

A thread is generally only locked if it doesn't comply with the rules, if the conversation goes greatly off topic, if the matter is settled but members keep repeating themselves or if it is a very old threads. When a thread is requested to be locked the mentors discuss it to see if it is warranted but as a rule we dont lock a thread without good reason.
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Jan20-12, 04:03 PM
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Quote Quote by jwriter View Post
So far, really like this forum. I just need to master the gentle art of asking responders to stay on topic - kind of like herding chickens. Oh well.
BTW, you can actually enforce this, rather than having to abandon a thread. You can request that users stay on topic, and if they do not, you can report posts that are off-topic. Mods will review the posts and, if they agree that it is sufficiently off-topic, will remove them.

It happens all the time here.

The key is to ensure at the outset that users are aware how narrow you want the focus to be and to keep that up. This helps the mods assess it too.
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Jan20-12, 04:22 PM
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Only if they got there on time DaveC426913, otherwise, the accelerated post rate won't leave a chance to anything but

You've seen this in P &WA.
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Feb12-12, 10:09 AM
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can you guys help me in writing a thread. i'm not getting any idea. Ijust found this topic and i m posting this here...please help. i'm new to physics forum and i m completely lost!
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Quote Quote by partho550 View Post
can you guys help me in writing a thread. i'm not getting any idea. Ijust found this topic and i m posting this here...please help. i'm new to physics forum and i m completely lost!
Choose an appropriate forum and enter it. At the bottom, there should be a button.
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Feb12-12, 11:59 AM
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Quote Quote by DaveC426913 View Post
Choose an appropriate forum and enter it. At the bottom, there should be a button.
Never knew there was one at the bottom! I always use the one at the top. Ha!
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Feb14-12, 03:16 PM
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How can we start new thread or post?
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Feb14-12, 03:19 PM
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Quote Quote by ZunairaMaryam View Post
How can we start new thread or post?
Suppose you want to ask a question in introductory physics.
Then you should open the appropriate sub forum, which is:
http://www.physicsforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=153

At the top, you'll see the button .
Click it, and you're starting a new thread.


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