The all new: Ask a moderator about the forum & rules in OFFTOPIC Posted June 16, 2009 Because forum members (especially new ones), need to stop 1. being so unobservant and 2. stop being so lazy and searching before posting (it's a very clear forum rule).Many times we'll merge, sometimes we don't merge so the thread remains as both a lesson to the poster and a reminder to the forum community as a whole. Wouldn't a PM from a moderator amount to the same thing AND a lesser amount of dead/locked/useless/off-topic threads in the forum or sub-forum? If the thread no longer servers (or never served) a purpose, wouldn't it be beneficially for the community (especially new users,) to have them purged? Even more so if the locked thread had been merged? Something must be going wrong if on every page there are three locked threads, usually because the user did not search, and obviously the previously locked threads did not serve as a reminder to the community in this case.