I guess we could make another 473 pages of posts...
Part of me feels demotivated, though. It took monumental effort on our behalf to get the old thread to where it was. The thread contains four years of constant, daily interaction between a relatively small group of people. I'm pretty sure there are some psychologists out there who would choke their infant babies to death for that kind of empiric data. It's four years of moments in time that will now disappear. The thread had become an icon - a beacon of light in an otherwise mind-shattering darkness - and now it'll slowly fade to the second page where it will be forgotten.
What's more, it had become my sole reason for posting on this website, aside from the occasional rant in the TV/Movies section. There were times where I just felt like not giving a damn, but the thought of contributing to the project of making the largest thread on the site kept me coming back.
I understand that threads need to be locked when they reach critical mass, but there were some 15 posts between the "By the way, we're locking this thread" warning and the actual lock. This thread moves at like 40 posts a day, or something like that. I checked the thread for new posts - there were none - and went to see Star Trek Into Darkness. I come back and it's locked.
Imagine taking your four-year-old pet wombat to the veterinarian for a routine dental check. You go to the toilet while the wombat is getting sedated, and when you come out, you're told that your pet wombat had cancer and was euthanized and cremated while you were gone.
I didn't even get to say goodbye.
My point is: I understand the need to lock big threads, but holy sh*t, how urgent was it? This is a four-year-old project, and you ended it in a heartbeat. How about a 24-hour heads-up next time, eh?