For those uninitiated, Closing a topic mainly just prevents new replies.
My thinking is that with older, longer threads, that seem to have played themselves out (no new replies in several weeks), that it would be better to close the topic and invite people to reopen the discussion as a new topic.
Some of these topics get very confusing to follow as threads get longer, discussion split, replies are months ago.
(Also, the way discourse handles reply threads personally seems less tidy than it could be.)
When closing these kind of stale topics, do you think we should post a final reply offering guidance to those just discovering the thread? Suggesting they open a new topic? That's probably a good idea.
Or do you disagree with this approach?
There is no official policy on closing topics here yet. Your feedback is welcome on getting this right.
Particularly if something irks you the wrong way.