It's fairly annoying (to me, at least) when someone—usually a new person—posts in a old thread, because the thread is likely to soon be locked and people make silly comments about necromancy and the whole thing is pointless. So, if someone tries to post in an old thread (beyond whatever limit we use), a message could come up saying something along the lines of "You are attempting to post in an inactive thread. Posting in threads which have not had a response for more than three months is discouraged, and the thread is likely to be locked if you do so. Would you like to proceed anyway?"
Hopefully it would stop people from posting in old threads with short, non-contributing responses. And that would reduce moderator workload, so they can get back to doing whatever the hell it is they do.
Yeah, I did think about making a thread once having Zelda Universe get an autolock after a certain period of time, but later thought, if they put enough effort into reviving the thread, I'd prefer if they'd revive it rather than just making a new one. Even with something, like, for example, in General Gaming. I recently resurrected the Goldeneye thread, because I wanted to be able to play multiplayer with Zelda Universe and I did not own the game in January. So, I revived the thread in an effort to bring back ZU's Goldeneye Community. That's one of the reasons I think Auto-Locks wouldn't work. Especially if it is a thread where there's an official one.
as far as I know it's actually encouraged to necro a thread in GG or Entertainment instead of making a new one. There's no real reason not to when each thread has a subject regarding an item or something more... substantial than what you would get in GCC.
I go on another forum where they have a plugin for this. When you post in an older thread, a warning pops up and tells you that it's been over 14 days since the last post and, depending on the particular forum's rules, you maybe warned or infracted for making said post.
could be unnecessary though, in some cases the thread might be a community event, it's just that there's been no news on the subject for a while, but eventually there will be because the event is going to happen. It'd just give the mods more work to do(un-infracting/warning people)