I have recently received a few PMs asking about splitting threads, so a quick summary of the reasons why we split threads is likely useful.
Threads typically discuss the topic listed in the first title and first post. They often answer a question. Search engines look mostly at thread title and first post to gauge page-fit to a search (keywords score higher, the closer they are to the beginning). So search engines are most useful to find a response to a question if a thread content closely matches to its title and first post.
Many of our threads are seen 100s of times more than there are participants in a thread. So thread reuse is critical to the usefulness of FUD to the diabetes community. We split threads to make sure that their content remains closely relevant to their title and first post.
As a note, any level3 (“Regular”) member has the ability to change the title of any thread, to make it more relevant to its content and its searchability. If you are a Regular, you can absolutely use this capability for the good!
Hijacking a thread
Often new users, unaccustomed to a forum, piggyback on a thread, and hijack it to a new or different question. In some cases, it redirects answers away from the original poster’s questions. In others, it creates content that does not match the original post, and makes the new content less searchable. Either way, this is a good reason for splitting a thread.
Better focused discussions
We have all seen threads that drift left and right, with multiple discussions going in different directions. These threads are often difficult to follow, and definitely hard to scan. As a result, they often miss generating a thorough discussion of their topic. Spinning each of their separate threads off allows for better, more focused discussions, that are always more fruitful.
More and better content
More threads always cause more posts. So, when in doubt, we split.
You too can help! Only a mod can split a thread, but any member can start a new thread, or suggest that a wandering discussion initiate a new one