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What causes necroposting?

  1. Apr 5, 2009 #1

    Math Is Hard

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    I'm curious about this. Especially when it is a new member whose first post is a response to a thread that has been dead for 5 years.

    I have this hypothesis that people stumble on a thread through google, and have such an urge to respond to it, that they register at the forum to do so. But

    1) that seems like an awful lot of trouble and sometimes the replies are to rather mundane threads that don't seem all that inspiring.

    2) they would have to go back an find the post the googled after they joined. That seems a bit too much trouble in itself, unless, I suppose they bookmarked it.

    Another idea, more implausible, is that an internet surfer discovers a forum like PF and says,

    "oh, physics! I love physics! And here's a whole forum devoted to physics!
    sayyyy... I bet they'd love to hear about my favorite baked potato toppings, or how I kicked my sunflower seed addiction. I'll join up and see if they have any threads on that!!"


    How do you think it happens? Should I survey necroposters and find out?
     
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    I thought it was the Similar Threads for links at the bottom of many threads and users who don't notice or examine the post dates.
     
  4. Apr 5, 2009 #3

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    hmm.. maybe that's it. Maybe it is a distraction thing.

    Scenario: new member joins up for homework help. Cruises through some threads. One homework problem thread is about rates of spitting sunflower seeds. There is a similar threads link at the bottom of it to an ancient thread on "sunflower seed addiction". Noob is procrastinating, is enticed, clicks, et voila!
     
  5. Apr 5, 2009 #4
    :rofl: sunflower :rofl: seed :rofl: addiction :rofl:

    EDIT: After a search, I see I missed that thread.
     
  6. Apr 5, 2009 #5
    Interesting topic. I'll get back to you about it in 2014.
     
  7. Apr 5, 2009 #6

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    Maybe that's it, zooby...really, really slow thinkers.
     
  8. Apr 5, 2009 #7

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    Surely we have one somewhere.

    :rofl: Excellent, Zoob!
     
  9. Apr 5, 2009 #8

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    More like Notathinkers.
     
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  12. Apr 5, 2009 #11
    One hypothesis could be that sometimes, people from the past reply to a thread in their present but that end up being our past .

    Simple and answers the question!:biggrin:

    I googled seeds addiction but didn't get that thread ..
     
  13. Apr 5, 2009 #12
    I really want somebody to bump this thread 3 years from now.

    BTW, was this posted before or after somebody necroposted on a 4 year old thread originally by Math Is Hard up in Academic Guidance?
     
  14. Apr 6, 2009 #13

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    It's been happening since before we had the similar threads function I think. One cause, maybe, but not the cause.
     
  15. Apr 6, 2009 #14
    But how can I kick my sunflower seeds addiction?
    :wink:
    And why has this necroposting thread appeared again?It was first discussed in 1957.::biggrin:
     
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  16. Apr 6, 2009 #15

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    Blast, i thought this thread would be about the dark doings of the sisters and what they send each other. frogs legs, eyes of newts etc.
     
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  18. Apr 6, 2009 #17

    Evo

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    I think it's mostly people linking from search engines like Google. They link directly into a thread and don't notice the dates.
     
  19. Apr 6, 2009 #18
    I have my own theory, I think its Evo making herself new accounts to do it just so she can lock them again :biggrin:
     
  20. Apr 6, 2009 #19
    I only necropost. Ooops. I mistakenly posted here. Now I feel aweful.
     
  21. Apr 6, 2009 #20

    jtbell

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    No, you were simply moving fast enough that relativistic time dilation kicked in, and the seven minutes since the preceding post looked like seven years to you. :biggrin:
     
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