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I tried to submit a story and Lobsters told me it was submitted four years ago. Rather than resubmitting myself, would it be possible for a resubmit (retweet) button? That way, any points it may gain under the new resurfacing might go towards to original submitter.

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    Resubmitting is fine. Maybe it should just “resurface” the story and its comments?

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      I’d be in favor of this, and I think most Lobsters would agree that it would be wise to encourage users only to use this feature when they have something of unique value to add. I don’t think we want resubmissions with just “hey this thing submitted X years ago is cool” as the description.

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        Or maybe allow stories to be resubmitted after a certain delay, 6 months or something.

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          I’d go with a longer delay; perhaps a year or two. In my experience shorter minimums lead to a lot more “legal” reposts.

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          They’ll automatically link to each other, here’s a recent example. Why add points? There’s some non-obvious complexity here in how stories are sorted that’d make this fairly complicated. Would you expect to see comments together like a merged story, or on separate pages?

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            Why would someone submit a link that already appeared four year ago? Has there been some interesting new development about it? If so, maybe link to a blog article or whatever discussing that instead. (If there isn’t one, write one!)

            One could argue that lobsters is a kind of news aggregator and anything that appears on the front page should arguably be new, or at least something we haven’t seen before. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to resubmit a link just because it hasn’t been seen for a while. Otherwise I can imagine some users taking this to an extreme and posting a link to their favorite vim plugin every month.

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              Lobsters has changed a lot in 4 years. There’s a much bigger audience than there was then.

              I don’t think of Lobsters as a news aggregator. It’s not HN or reddit and it benefits from not being HN or reddit.

              Otherwise I can imagine some users taking this to an extreme and posting a link to their favorite vim plugin every month.

              I think there’s definitely a line somewhere between ‘one person resubmitting something someone else posted 4 years ago’ and ‘one person resubmitting something every month’.

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                I think it is good idea to be able to resubmit - as it brings awareness back to the subject. I have come across many good articles on their second submission, as I missed them on first submission.