More and more I have seen threads being bumped to the top from ages ago, followed by a few comments of "OMG THREADCROMANCY," and then a lock by a moderator. This is happening especially in Off-topic, where a lot of goldmine threads are resurfacing ('photoshop chick tracts' looks like it's going to be the next victim), but it's also happening in others like Customization and even S&I.
One of the cardinal rules of the S&I forum was to never create a new thread without first using Search, to see if that same idea had been brought up again. Supposedly it was better to look at an old thread about the same idea, read the responses that the old thread had gotten, and then bump that thread to the top with one's own input about the idea (thus making the discussion new).
What's obviously happening now is a complete perversion of this idea - make new threads at will, disregarding any previous discussion about the topic, continue clogging the boards with unnecessary topics.
What's even worse about this situation is that if somebody decides to create a new thread about an old topic, he's yelled at to refer to an old thread. (for example, imagine a new fanta shokata thread.) But what is he supposed to do? Bump the old one? It'll be locked within the blink of an eye.
Read the comments that moderators leave when locking "necromanced" threads. None of them offer legitimate reasons for lockage -- because there are no legitimate reasons.
example: "Boom, cl-click" in "coil's new job."
also muse at this wonder of a thread
, which was locked for the cries of necromancy itself, but locked nevertheless.
If mods are going to lock threads after they've been bumped regardless, why not just add a board filter that auto-locks them after they've gotten more than 30 days old? It's not like people never check page 2 of the forums, right?
In short, stop just looking at screenshots and thinking "JESUS CHRIST! THAT ENGINE IS PERFECT BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE x GAME! MY COLON EXPLODED!"