Auto-close topics after some period of time?

Lately I’ve been seeing an increasing number of years old topics resuscitated by necro posts. Although this can make sense, I’d much prefer a new topic linking to or quoting from the old topic when it is more than a year old. Allowing discussions from different points in time to be referenced independently is helpful to see how viewpoints and decisions change over time. Many things were different in 2014 than they are today.

To this end, I propose we enable the Discourse setting to auto-close topics after a certain amount of time. I’d suggest 1 year to give plenty of leeway, but prevent new discussion hundreds of posts down on a 10 year old topic. It looks like there is also a setting to ensure that the last post meets the time threshold. This could also be enabled if there are topics that truly are active for longer than a year.

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