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Harleyquiiinn
09-12-2009, 08:35 AM
Ok so I was thinking because of Dexter12296566 would like to delete all her messages in a thread she posted: I checked if we could delete our own threads, the ones we created. I didn't seem to find the function so I guess this is not possible...

Is it really impossible ? Why not ? Wouldn't that be interesting to have the ability to delete your thread when you regret posting it instead of bugging the mods for that ?

:confused:

Llamas
09-12-2009, 08:42 AM
I think it'd be a bad idea to be able to delete your own threads, because then you have the power to basically remove all kinds of posts of other people. You could make a thread, people could respond with things you don't like, and you could effectively delete all their posts by deleting the thread.

Plus you just need to deal with posting things you regret. I'm embarrassed about like 70% of the stuff I posted here when I started posting 3.5 years ago. I never tried to get it deleted... and I've said some pretty fucking stupid stuff. You just suck it up, ignore it, and hope people forget :P

Harleyquiiinn
09-12-2009, 08:44 AM
I think it'd be a bad idea to be able to delete your own threads, because then you have the power to basically remove all kinds of posts of other people. You could make a thread, people could respond with things you don't like, and you could effectively delete all their posts by deleting the thread.

Plus you just need to deal with posting things you regret. I'm embarrassed about like 70% of the stuff I posted here when I started posting 3.5 years ago. I never tried to get it deleted... and I've said some pretty fucking stupid stuff. You just suck it up, ignore it, and hope people forget :P

Yes but you can always delete your posts... I don't see why it would be a problem... Yeah it would also delete other people's message but all they did (normally) was answering to you... so I can't really see the problem... Besides, it's not like people will delete their thread all the time....

If it's technically impossible, no problem... and there isn't a thread I want to delete, but I was just wondering. I always thought we could delete our threads...

dexter12296566
09-12-2009, 08:47 AM
i think so to. it is my thread i want it gone for good. never to be bumped or posted in again. i dont even want anyone to see it. it is not enough to have it closed i want it deleted totally

The Talking Pie
09-12-2009, 08:47 AM
Google do a pretty good job of caching pages. If the thread's deleted then the last Google cached version before the delete would remain intact forever.

You can't kill things at the source. If my colleagues clear their browser history it doesn't affect what my transparent proxy caches. You need to hunt down and kill everything else; the original message is the least of your worries.

dexter12296566
09-12-2009, 08:48 AM
Google do a pretty good job of caching pages. If the thread's deleted then the last Google cached version before the delete would remain intact forever.

You can't kill things at the source. If my colleagues clear their browser history it doesn't affect what my transparent proxy caches. You need to hunt down and kill everything else; the original message is the least of your worries.

i dont think new members who dont even know about it will look that far into it

The Talking Pie
09-12-2009, 08:49 AM
Also, from a programming point of view, deleting a thread is one of the easiest things to code. So it's very possible indeed.

dexter12296566
09-12-2009, 08:50 AM
Also, from a programming point of view, deleting a thread is one of the easiest things to code. So it's very possible indeed.

how do you know this stuff?

Harleyquiiinn
09-12-2009, 08:50 AM
Google do a pretty good job of caching pages. If the thread's deleted then the last Google cached version before the delete would remain intact forever.

You can't kill things at the source. If my colleagues clear their browser history it doesn't affect what my transparent proxy caches. You need to hunt down and kill everything else; the original message is the least of your worries.

Yeah ok... but I doubt that every user on the board will go look for the deleted thread immediately after it's deleted... When you delete it on the board, people won't be able to access it with the "search" tool or just by browsing the page... If someone is motivated enough to browse the whole Google to find the said page, well then, I'd say he deserves to see it :D

The Talking Pie
09-12-2009, 08:52 AM
how do you know this stuff?

I'm a software developer. At the moment I'm specialising in PHP (the language used to code this message board).

dexter12296566
09-12-2009, 08:53 AM
Yeah ok... but I doubt that every user on the board will go look for the deleted thread immediately after it's deleted... When you delete it on the board, people won't be able to access it with the "search" tool or just by browsing the page... If someone is motivated enough to browse the whole Google to find the said page, well then, I'd say he deserves to see it :D

maybe they are interested and should see it but i dont want them to. i regret posting it

Little_Miss_1565
09-13-2009, 05:05 PM
We can discuss this feature with the powers that be, but considering that this is a pretty basic function that hasn't been implemented already, the chances are slim.

If there is something that you would like to see deleted, please PM a moderator.

Harleyquiiinn
09-14-2009, 12:15 AM
We can discuss this feature with the powers that be, but considering that this is a pretty basic function that hasn't been implemented already, the chances are slim.

If there is something that you would like to see deleted, please PM a moderator.

I don't want anything deleted, I was just wondering cause I was suprised we couldn't, it's the first time I'm on the board without that function. Thanks for discussing it :)

disclaimer_07
09-14-2009, 11:27 AM
Basically I'm against the idea of being able to delete your own threads. That would cause a real mess including people starting and deleting their threads just for fun. Even though there might be some threads I regret posting, I still say no.

Llamas
09-14-2009, 11:40 AM
I've been to message boards where you could delete the first post of your thread, but you couldn't delete the replies. I'm not really against that, but I don't see how it's any better than just editing your post.

I think it's not a big deal not to be able to delete your threads. If you said something you're really that ashamed of, apologize for it, and think harder before you post in the future :P

disclaimer_07
09-14-2009, 11:45 AM
I've been to message boards where you couldn't even edit or delete your post after 24 hours. So I guess we can't complain here.

Llamas
09-14-2009, 11:50 AM
I've been to message boards where you couldn't even edit or delete your post after 24 hours. So I guess we can't complain here.

See I almost think that's a good idea. I don't see why you should need to delete or edit a post after that long...

disclaimer_07
09-14-2009, 12:16 PM
There was this user (jpstoner or something) who kept deleting his posts. It was pretty damn annoying. Of course I'm not saying that we shouldn't be able to edit our own posts cause I can think of several cases where being unable to do so would seem really pointless.