Is there really any observed rationale behind this mythical 14 day cut-off to show what percentage of "new TSV threads" have to be entirely amended because a whole new category of TSV is replaced. Or is it just a gut feeling that annoys a few people? I can't tell.
I can't see what actual harm it does and if people start discussing say a gardening TSV but the date changes by a couple of days; just amend the title header with the new date, because the discussion is all still valid. Even if it's changed to a different gardening brand last minute; the folk who are into gardening would probably still be interested to read. Maybe a note that it's changed from X to Y? So would we leave these as is? How would we know in advance that the TSV might change, so wouldn't we be limiting all TSV threads just to hit a few late changed ones?
I suspect that plenty of traffic is driven to this site by early tip-offs, and traffic = revenue to keep the site funded. If we limit early heads-up threads but the info is readily available on other social media why would folk keep coming here? It feels like a shot in the foot. It would seem churlish to delete a thread posted say 17 days in advance, in case it changes.
Come on all you stalwarts that resist past requests modify content? I can't see any real benefit in setting a random time limit that hasn't been monitored and logged over a period of time. It's an unjustified knee-jerk censorship surely? Or have I missed the detailed stats and study?
A thread on a topic is really just a jumping-off point for discussion around the subject; that's the added value from a thread launching early. In my case I rely on folk here talking me out of buying a TSV; possibly suggesting a better or cheaper alternative.
There have been far more annoying repetitions on here (for me anyway) but that's not my call to make to have them excluded. I just skip past the stuff that bugs me.
So here's my compromise:
If a TSV item stays roughly the same but the date alters; we just edit the date (& maybe note that the date has altered)
If a TSV on dd/mm/yy has completely been replaced by something from an utterly different department; say DIY to Shoes or Beauty to Gardening, the thread title has the date removed and noted that it's a thread discussing DIY but the TSV reference is cancelled. That way there's no censorship of discussion content but at a quick glance it's no longer a TSV thread and a new thread can created with the correct info as soon as someone spots the change.
It's QVC that is fannying around; no need for us to run around like headless chickens too!