Someone said :
No it isn't better. It's confusing and contrary to well established online norms of keeping message boards relatively up to date, and being able to trust that topics on the forst page are either "active" or "recently started". Without have to check the year it was created.
It's OK when a thread is kept alive for a long time, but when it's been dead for two years and gets suddenly bumped, it is a "zombie thread". You end up having half the responding posts talking to an OP'er that hasn't logged in in more the 24 months and people having a conversation with people of the past.
Just think how preposterous it would be to suddenly continue a conversation with someone in a bar or at a family function, that you started a year previous without so much as a formally recognized "re-entry" to the topic?
Just walk right up to them
"...yes, but then you'd have too many cats"
"ehh, I'm sorry?"
"Last April you said, 'maybe I should get a couple of outdoor cats to catch rodents around the farm, becasue the two indoor cats are useless', but then you suddenly got a phone call you had to answer and we haven't spoken since..."
Thats a lot to take in. I'm out and about. When I get home I'll have another read of that and hopefully understand what you are saying.