I've always been turned off on the locking of topics for the reason that a similar thread exists.
We are approaching 1,000 replies to the stickied Kobe thread. If someone has a unique take on a topic, I can't ask anyone to browse through every post to determine if someone has made the same point or not. The Kobe situation is big enough that it deserves to be segmented and analyzed.
In general, it is easier for a user to make a point and view the responses to that point if they begin their own unique thread. This is the benefit of registering as a member, isn't it?
That's my opinion, but of course we'll be democratic about it -- what does everyone else think? Sound off...
Call it from Heaven Chick.