Like Pep95, the 4-day time limit didn’t really dictate whether I replied or not; it was more dependent on whether I felt I had something to say, and whether I could then say that using my limited knowledge of Japanese.
I understand that it would be quite difficult responding to every post in dozens of 1-year threads, but I don’t think there’s any need to close threads so early. Sometimes a thread which has been dormant for a little while may get relevant and spark new discussion. I know I’ve done that recently.
And sometimes it’s not even necessarily about correcting our mistakes, but just being able to construct a sentence in Japanese and feeling good about it, even if you don’t get a reply. So I think there’s some value in having these threads remain open, even if you’re not actively responding to them. We can always talk to each other on them, after all!
This would be my solution for you, mami-san:
Have all the threads be 1-year threads. Create a limited number of threads every few days, and respond to these threads for a limited time after they’re made. So for example, you could make a new thread twice a week, and keep ‘active’ in each new thread for a week after they’re made. Once a week is over, you would stop responding in that thread, and it would be considered ‘retired’.
If a thread doesn’t get many responses and naturally dies off within the active time limit, you could retire it early (i.e. stop responding) and start a new one. Maybe you could pin them to the top of the Japanese-only forum so it’s clear which are the active/retired threads? Or do we have a flair system? IDK how anything works lol.
The way I see it, this is the best of both worlds as you’re not stressing yourself by juggling dozens of open threads, but those who may have missed out on an interesting thread can still participate if they want. Those whose main goal is to get help with their grammar will know that they can do so on the active threads, and people who want to just have a conversation can do so on any thread.
Hope that makes sense, feel free to disagree!