Normally we don't allow debate of DoA's policies, but with the permission of the other moderators I am abusing my position to start this one. Usual disclaimer, which is that just because we're asking doesn't mean we'll definitely implement a change one way or another... but we wanted to know your thoughts. Anyway. We've been talking about how some topics degenerate, run in circles, or simply become "stale" after they've been going for awhile. We were thinking that it might be nice to lock threads after either a certain period of time without fresh content (either in the form of people just saying the same thing over and over or a thread just dying naturally), a certain number of posts, or a certain degree of off-topicness. After 200 or so posts, most latecomers no longer read the posts before their own... and most of the time, the topic has shifted substantially from the opening post. At that point, it might be more successful to lock the thread and ask that members create "spinoff" threads. Also, when a thread is resurrected months or years later, conditions may have changed in ways that would make it interesting to start the discussion afresh, even if it is a repeat topic. What are your thoughts on locking debates? Should it be done, and if so, when? Tangentally, what are your feelings on when people start demanding that a thread be locked? Should it be locked at that point, or should those posters be told to get a hike or be barred from posting in the thread? If you're going to reply, please have an opinion. Please also be respectful of the moderators and other forum members. Thanks!