There was some discussion in a post about TDPRI history that suggested that people should not bring up zombie threads; someone suggested a 5 year age limit. One of the reasons given was that it is a bit sad to see posts written by members who are now deceased or gone for other reasons. Another reason was that a person might not want to see his own old posts because he had 'moved on' from previously held and stated positions. And apparently, it's newly signed-on members who are mostly responsible for digging up these old threads. I just want to say this about that, as I see it: I do not feel sad when I see old posts from members and friends who are now gone. In fact, I am sometimes surprised to see the name of a favorite poster - and happy to hear his opinion - before I realize that I'm reading a 10-year-old thread. That doesn't bother me. I am happy to feel, just for a moment, like an old friend is still around. And he is, even if just here on the TDPRI, just for a moment his memory is alive and he is remembered. What more can anyone ask after they are gone? And when I realize that I am re-reading and reacting to a 10-year-old thread, I usually have a chuckle because apparently I am still interested in the same subject! As to being a bit shy about your own old posts: well don't be. You said it, that's all there is to say. It's on the record. This modern world doesn't allow all that hiding-of-the-past that older generations practiced. If you have changed since then we probably all have noticed, and we either like you or dislike you based on your current self. As to the newbies being guilty: most of them have probably arrived from somewhere after following that age-old wisdom "Google is your friend". They have been referred by Google to a thread that concerns their quest for information. After reading said thread, they pose a follow-up question or comment, astounded by their discovery of this fountain of wisdom. And then they get shot down by the first response, which is usually one of the "grumpy old men" suggesting that they stop reviving zombie threads.