Originally posted by GinoJ
How about adding an option like this to the forums?
"The subscriber" who started a thread can have the power to close the thread (because it's obsolete) if wished so.
An important thing to discuss is - Who owns a thread? The one started it? The one most active in the thread? The last poster in the thread?
My answer to the above posed question is - None of them.
I would be rather disappointed if I invested lot of thoughts, time and writing to make my point in a subject only to discover that he who thinks he owns the thread just closed it. No way that I would like this.
No one owns a thread, no one.
The only one that should be allowed to close a thread is the moderator, and not without strong reasons to do this.
But what happens if any one hijacked a thread by going off topic in such an extent that the thread title is no longer relveant? I would say that ordinary net etiquette should be employed, and if so, this problem doesn't ever aaply.