Introductions mega-thread... should we make it auto-delete replies?

The Introductions Mega-thread is up to 179 replies. That’s awesome — lots of new folks, lots of welcomes. Big threads like that become unwieldy, though, and … no one is really going to read through them all.

Discourse has a feature where replies can be automatically deleted after some time. I wonder if that’s something that would be good for the big intros thread? It might make it less intimidating to add to (both because “hey, smaller numbers” and because your post is not preserved forever).

I’ve used this feature pretty heavily for guide-type posts here in :category_help: Site Help & Feedback, but usually with a short (1 month or so window) and the intention of moderators “rescuing” any posts that aren’t transient corrections, comments, etc, by moving them to new topics. So this use would be new use of the feature, really.

Another idea might be to manually close the topic at the end of every year and launch a new one. That is, however a) more work and b) actually maybe more intimidating, because now someone has to be the first reply.

What do you think?
  • It’s fun! Let it grow!
  • The history is actually important. Keep it!
  • Do the manual one-per-year thing.
  • Keeping it automatically tidy seems good.
  • I’m not sure.
  • I don’t care! Why are you asking me!

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If you do think the auto-delete feature should be enabled, what should be the threshold? (Multiple choice — pick the ones that seem okay to you.)
  • One month
  • Six months
  • One year
  • Two years
  • Three years
  • Other (I will explain)

0 voters

If you do think the auto-delete feature should be enabled, what should be the threshold? (Single choice — pick the best.)
  • One month
  • Six months
  • One year
  • Two years
  • Three years
  • Other (I will explain)

0 voters

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I prefer to create new Intro thread regularly - depends on traffic, once per month, quarter, etc. Then keep and lock the old one as it is.

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Building on that idea, how about once per Fedora cycle? (ie, every 6 months). Then someone might say “Hey, I joined back in Fedora 33 times” and then you just have to look for the archived Fedora 33 introductions thread to find their introduction?

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I think the idea of @sampsonf is a good approach to keep history without letting threads becoming mega-threads.

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This is even better!

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