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Thanks for thoughtfully engaging with me.
I’d like to just point out that my original (completely downvoted) comment was only a question to the OP: “why?”.
I don’t have anything against reposts, they can happen from time to time, whether maliciously intended or not. But here we have an obvious case of pouring through the most popular posts of last year and reposting them on purpose. Why should we allow this?
I could create a bot to do this and I would bet that “the majority of people seeing those old posts would be interested enough to drag their pointers to the little orange arrow and show their approval.”
The real take away is not that people upvote this content. The real take away is that there is infinite content out there, and nobody has seen it all. So when you repost something that was popular at some point, there is certainly someone out there in this world that hasn’t seen it and that will upvote it. [XKCD’s comic Ten Thousand] applies here.
But if there’s infinite content out there, shouldn’t we reward those that show us **new** and interesting content? Why should we content ourselves with living in a cycle or bubble of reposts?