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Offline the89thkey

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Deleting your own posts
« on: December 18, 2012, 03:44:55 AM »
I think there should be a feature where you can completely delete a post you have made, instead of trying to edit it and find something else to say...

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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 03:51:38 AM »
I think there should be a feature where you can completely delete a post you have made, instead of trying to edit it and find something else to say...

This gives too much opportunity to change history. If I were the admin, I would even limit the time you can still edit your posts afterwards. Suppose an active user flips out and deletes all his/her posts, or replaces everything he/she has ever written with a "-". This could actually render too many topics meaningless.

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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #2 on: December 18, 2012, 03:56:52 AM »
That's ridiculous. Giving users less freedom makes it less likely that they will post on these forums.

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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012, 04:02:31 AM »
That's ridiculous.

I've actually seen that happen. It took the admin a very long time to restore the data to something readable.

Giving users less freedom makes it less likely that they will post on these forums.

Without wanting to sound like a dictator, but a little less freedom may very well mean that people start following the rules better. You can see that in society too: too much freedom is too much of a burden for some...

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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012, 04:08:04 AM »
I've actually seen that happen. It took the admin a very long time to restore the data to something readable.

Without wanting to sound like a dictator, but a little less freedom may very well mean that people start following the rules better. You can see that in society too: too much freedom is too much of a burden for some...

Paul
Whether you want to or not...you do sound like a dictator  :P

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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 04:35:24 AM »
Whether you want to or not...you do sound like a dictator  :P

You must be very young to draw such conclusions. To know your limitations and act freely within that territory is real freedom. A fish that wants to live on earth/land will die, that's why it doesn't strive to go there, you see?

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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #6 on: December 18, 2012, 04:39:53 AM »
This gives too much opportunity to change history. If I were the admin, I would even limit the time you can still edit your posts afterwards. Suppose an active user flips out and deletes all his/her posts, or replaces everything he/she has ever written with a "-". This could actually render too many topics meaningless.

Paul

I agree. There have been instances where people have done this, and it makes the thread basically nonsensical for anyone who comes along later.  A brief time to fix typos, or maybe add an afterthought is OK, but re-writing history does cause problems.

That's ridiculous. Giving users less freedom makes it less likely that they will post on these forums.

It seems unlikely you'd be affected.
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Re: Deleting your own posts
«Reply #7 on: December 18, 2012, 05:10:00 AM »
I agree. There have been instances where people have done this, and it makes the thread basically nonsensical for anyone who comes along later.  A brief time to fix typos, or maybe add an afterthought is OK, but re-writing history does cause problems.

It seems unlikely you'd be affected.
Maybe. :)