there would be a ban every 4 minutes. Given the current state of the affairs on MTF at the moment, the last thing we need are red cards for such things.
I too sometimes don't notice some WWW or results thread and I open one myself.
When I remember a thread on the same subject opened recently or whitin the last months I simply link it in the new thread and Mods will merge the two in most cases.
Was only curious on the matter. WWW threads are something opened often. But I was asking this after I noticed someone opened a new thread about a 2 year-old article which should have been mandatory to search for first. Obviously, a banning for such things would be way too severe. Dialogue is the only thing needed here, maybe users don't know how to use the search feature. Used the word "warning" not as "infraction warning", but as "notification".
And thanks for the answer, Sham and Sonja.