it seems there is been more moderation lately where new topics get merged into existing topics. often it’s warranted (especially for gear related questions), but it feels like it’s now being applied too broadly.
one example: this post was a separate thread. then it got moved to “touch sensors” topic. while it’s somewhat related i don’t think it really belongs there. moving it didn’t benefit either topic, and the original post deserves its own thread imo.
i’m curious as to why this is being applied more now, is there some benefit to having fewer but longer threads? the only benefit i see is having all related information in one place, however it’s easy enough to link a post in another thread. in the norns moderation thread we actually agreed mega threads are not helpful. then why do them for other topics?
a separate issue is the fact that such merges mess up the notification system. i had a notification about being mentioned in a thread that got merged. when that happened the notification disappeared here, and the email notification link stopped working (“oops! looks like your thread was hidden or got deleted”). is there some way to make such merges less disrupting?
one more thing: when a topic gets modded there is a history of changes, so it’s easy to see who changed it and how, which makes it easy to follow up with the admin who made the mod. this is not the case for merges. is it possible to show such history for merges somehow?