I saw someone asking a question posted on February 2021.
Today I found it, it is July 2021 just 6 months apart, and I would like to answer and be helpful, maybe not for him/her but for others finding the exact question.
Apple somehow forbid this.
It seems they don't want this forum to be helpful at all.
Good luck and try to look for help elsewhere.
If there was no further activity on the post and it had been answered it is archived after 45 - 60 days. This makes sense on a site this large and busy. If you have a good answer for something that is common run into just wait, another question will turn up that no one has answered.
A locked thread such as that will display this banner:
There are a number of reasons to lock threads, among them that few people return to old threads they started. Also, some threads may be about an issue that has been patched, and a response six month later may not be appropriate to the situation any more.
Another reason is that too many people were adding to old threads with an "I have the exact same problem..." post that dilutes the help the original poster deserves.
and I would like to answer and be helpful,
A great way to do that is to start with the tens of thousands of posts that will be new here today.
It seems they don't want this forum to be helpful at all. Good luck and try to look for help elsewhere.
Considering that there are an estimated 3 million or more users here, it must be working for someone.
i can’t agree on closing it is better to keep it open to discussion. Specially when a response is not a solution. I got a solution for the problem someone was asking but can’t help him. In which way is this better?
Which thread are you referring to?
One of the reasons why discussions are "closed" after a certain time period is because technology changes so fast - as soon as there is an update or upgrade to whatever was being discussed, the problem is quite often solved by updating. Or, the older version is simply no longer compatible or the OP bought a different, newer device.
And, you can pretty much depend on this as well: the OP got his/her problem solved by some means or most simply do not return after 2 weeks or so and, with the traffic here being what it is (super busy), any post disappears to page 10 rather quickly.