Jockular saidTo start a thread on an old topic and risk having the "here let me show you how to search" people berate you?
Or search for an old topic and revive it and have the "OMG who revived this zombie thread!" people berate you?
Did you check to make sure this thread wasn't already created?
Define "old!" If it's within a few weeks, it shouldn't take more than a few seconds to find what you were interested in discussing. The responses you seek may be in there already, saving you a few keystrokes.
Nothing wrong with a thread revival if it's to add an interesting new wrinkle or update to the original story, or so long as it's not the kind where we're issuing our appalled, pearl-clutching, opinionated screeds at hidden/deleted/banned/deceased OPs. Even if it's a current member, perhaps the OP already addressed that (boil on their toe/lousy boyfriend/racial confusion/coming out) issue to his own satisfaction back in 2008... e-mail him and find out first.