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There have been a number of posts recently where someone has started a discussion about a topic that is already active on the forum.

This is perfectly understandable in the case of new members. It's a large forum and it is hard to find previous posts at times.

However it would be great if people searched the forum before posting just in case the topic is already active. If it is it is better to  reply to that thread. That way we keep all previous posts together and it helps people understand the context and history of the issue.

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There have been a number of cases recently where new threads have been started about a topic that is already being discussed. If you are planning to post about an issue, please use the site's search facility to check whether a thread already exists and, if it does, use that instead of starting a new one.

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Re: Please check whether a topic already exists before starting a new thread
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2012, 11:57:33 am »
I just wanted to remind people to check whether a topic is being discussed before starting a new thread.  I realise it's sometimes hard to find whether a discussion already exists - the search function doesn't always find every thread. However, please give it a try. 

The moderators often have to merge threads and when this happens they have the option to 1) leave the titles as they were, 2) select the title of the original thread, or 3) create a new title. Sometimes, when the titles are changed the context changes, too.

So best to check for existing threads first. Thanks
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Re: Please check whether a topic already exists before starting a new thread
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 09:34:18 pm »
Just a reminder about this as this evening I have just merged a new thread about 'Messy Church' with the existing thread on this topic.
I also merged another new thread last week on the same subject, into the existing one!

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A reminder to please check whether a thread exists before starting a new thread. It's better to keep topics together for context and reference.

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Always check whether a topic is already under discussion before starting a new thread on the same topic, please. It's good for contextual reasons so that we can see the history of a topic. Thanks 
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