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    Can we auto-lock paid work threads after a couple of months or so???

    Can we please institute a thread-locking procedure for threads in the paid work forum when the original post is over "x" months old? (not the last post, since we sometimes get a lot of old threads bumped every couple of weeks or every month or so) I'm thinking 2-3 months at the very most would give plenty of wiggle room for people to get someone for their project.

    If we aren't going to effectively moderate that forum (and I know, it's a lot of work for a volunteer) it would at least be nice not to have people bumping work requests from 6 months ago, last year, two years ago, or worse.

    Any work request not resolved within two months, really, is likely to get no further productive posts after that amount of time. All we get lately (over the last year or so, as it seems to me) is spam from "outsource" farms and link-spamming for other websites' ["freelance" dirt-cheap Indian developer/slave labor rates] work forums. If we could at least keep that kind of trash limited to contemporary work requests it would be nice - and easier to moderate to get rid of these spammy, parasitic work leeches.

    I think a lot of us appreciated being able to find the odd freelance job on this forum. That's increasingly difficult to do these days with this type of activity so common in the forum.

    Anyway, I know this has been suggested before within the very threads in which the bumping occurs. I figured I would take a moment to make it a formal feedback request and see if it gets better attention. Can we finally do something about this?
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    I haven't forgotten about this request. The reason for the delay in looking into a mod for adding this functionality is because my plan was always to upgrade to vBulletin 4 first, but that plan is on hold at least for a couple of more months now. Based on some of the conversations and feedback on the vBulletin.com site, it seems there are still a lot of bugs and other issues to be worked out in the current version, and I think it'd be prudent to wait until they are before taking the plunge.

    I can't promise anything, but I'll try and spend some time this weekend browsing vBulletin.org to see if there is a suitable plugin to automatically close threads after x amount of time for vBulletin 3 that's non invasive enough to install in the meantime.
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    Great post.... I was just coming in here to make the exact same thread!

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    Just an update on this. Over the weekend I tried installing two plugins that auto closes threads after x amount of time. Unfortunately both didn't work in the sense that they didn't appear to do anything upon installation:

    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=130738
    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=196678

    I might try again later in the week to see if there was something I missed. Whenever I install plugins I feel like I'm walking on egg shells though, since there's always the possibility it may make some undesirable/ hard to reverse changes to the database in some way.
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    May be best to have a copy of the forum software on a local testing server to test features before they’re being published?


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