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#1
Why is there a "delete" function at the top of the page in Full Edit if it's not set up to actually work?
#2
Can't tell you why the button remains but the reason it doesn't work is for the occasional member who decides they want to delete their existence here and haphazardly starts junking up threads by removing their posts.
#3
soberbyker;138053 Wrote:Can't tell you why the button remains but the reason it doesn't work is for the occasional member who decides they want to delete their existence here and haphazardly starts junking up threads by removing their posts.

And we don't respect individuals' right to remove their statements because...

...it's "untidy?"

Really? Is that really our priority?
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.
#4
gascolator;138054 Wrote:
soberbyker;138053 Wrote:Can't tell you why the button remains but the reason it doesn't work is for the occasional member who decides they want to delete their existence here and haphazardly starts junking up threads by removing their posts.

And we don't respect individuals' right to remove their statements because...

...it's "untidy?"

Really? Is that really our priority?

yes, it junks up threads with chunks missing, don't like it then don't post, you won't have anything to remove then. A lot of forums do this by the way.
#5
It should allow us to remove a post that has no replies, but short of that, it makes sense to not have it visible.


soberbyker;138056 Wrote:
gascolator;138054 Wrote:And we don't respect individuals' right to remove their statements because...

...it's "untidy?"

Really? Is that really our priority?

yes, it junks up threads with chunks missing, don't like it then don't post, you won't have anything to remove then. A lot of forums do this by the way.
#6
There isn't a way to actually configure that in the software. If you have something that you'd like to delete that way, you can PM one of the staff or just change the title to Delete and we'll remove it.

As far as what SB said, that is the exact reason they were disabled. Deleting posts has a nasty tendency to screw up the history of the forum, especially for those of us that actually use the search function to find things.

mingomom;138063 Wrote:It should allow us to remove a post that has no replies, but short of that, it makes sense to not have it visible.


soberbyker;138056 Wrote:yes, it junks up threads with chunks missing, don't like it then don't post, you won't have anything to remove then. A lot of forums do this by the way.
#7
As far as preventing 'junking up threads' there is a hack to change usernames. It could be made into an admin function and if someone requests, his name could be changed to 'AnonymousXX' or "ShipDipXX" and the password changed to make the account inactive.

(Also, there is also one to change 'screen names' keeping the username the same (this actually keeps the database more uniform) that could be made to do the same)

For that matter, it would be a simple hack to make a 'flagbit' that would prevent the name from displaying, it'd just have to be added into the page display file. I added all kinds of 'features' and interactive fun stuff on a few forums I've ran.

PM me if you want/need more info.
If God didn't intend us to have guns why did he give us a trigger finger?
#8
MrBi11;138076 Wrote:As far as preventing 'junking up threads' there is a hack to change usernames. It could be made into an admin function and if someone requests, his name could be changed to 'AnonymousXX' or "ShipDipXX" and the password changed to make the account inactive.

(Also, there is also one to change 'screen names' keeping the username the same (this actually keeps the database more uniform) that could be made to do the same)

For that matter, it would be a simple hack to make a 'flagbit' that would prevent the name from displaying, it'd just have to be added into the page display file. I added all kinds of 'features' and interactive fun stuff on a few forums I've ran.

PM me if you want/need more info.

That's not really the issue. Many forums will have users that feel that they want to erase their existence from the forum so they start going through and deleting their posts, or editing them to just a bunch of periods. This of course causes issues with the discussion if their posts weren't originally quoted by someone replying.

In the case of informational threads, not just discussion threads, this can really screw things up when someone wants to look something up that was posted in the past.
#9
I understand that.

what I'm suggesting wouldn't remove their post (or distort threads) just their username from the post (therefore removing them from the forum)

Personally, I don't think it's worth the effort, once it's on the interwebs there will be a history of it.

(even google history is a simple lookup, nice thing about it is you can use it to view stuff where they require to sign up, without signing up)
If God didn't intend us to have guns why did he give us a trigger finger?
#10
I "get" the argument that "it junks up posts."

I regard it as expedient.

Unprincipled. But expedient.

Can't have both principle and expediency. That's kind of a fact of life.

Gun control is expedient.

The 2nd Amendment is principled.

Choose.

Personally, I choose "junked up threads."

But I'm not all that expedient.
gascolator, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Nov 2012.






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