I’m happy this can be addressed with standby mode, that should work for many users. No way though can this be considered “normal”, and it should be fixed. And not in a future hardware version; in this one. Hopefully that is in the works if it is not irremediable design flaw. If it is, I can live with it and by all means fix it in the next generation of hardware.
I also agree with you that there is something that smacks unpleasantly of censorship when threads regarding legitimate bugs get closed or locked unless the comments get out of hand. Persistent bugs or issues deserve to have persistent threads such that users can not only vent but also for easy access to workarounds. The thread also remains a constant and PUBLIC reminder to the company and any new customer contemplating buying the product, that something needs fixing. That way, in an informed fashion, prospective customers can determine whether or not it is a showstopper for them. It certainly isn’t a showstopper for me. Opening tickets with ND is also a great or even a superior approach often more likely to produce a resolution but it is a PRIVATE form of communication visible only to the customer and the company.
I don’t want to come off as an armchair quarterback, so at the risk of pandering, I happen to think the moderators here do a phenomenal job in general, providing valuable information, an excellent format, and fostering a respectful, useful, and productive forum with a true sense of community. However, my intense affection for democratic operation and transparency leaves me unable to understand why ANY thread on any forum should be closed or locked for any reason other than the usual good ones such as the issue having been resolved, trolling, spreading inaccuracy or lies, rudeness, personal attacks, etc… Perhaps mine is an extreme view on how a forum should operate. Admittedly, I don’t have to admin or moderate this thing, so I remain receptive to being convinced of the need to close or lock threads with the diligence that this forum practices. At the moment however I fail to see the need.
Multiple threads on the same topic are inevitable in any forum but keeping the older ones available and unlocked helps to cut down on infinite identical topic replication. Perhaps the forum moderators simply feel that keeping topics shorter and in more manageable chunks is a better way to access their information. I can see that being a legitimate position to take. Personally, I prefer sorting on threads from newer to older, despite their length, and having the ability to respond to older threads if necessary. Also, when I encounter an issue or bug, I prefer searching through one long thread for historical perspective, discovering how long the issue has persisted, and hopefully workarounds or proposed solutions, all located in one convenient location, rather than having to search potentially through multiple threads that have all been opened on exactly the same topic, solely because the previous one was closed or locked. Others may feel differently.