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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 8:35 PM   
 By:   TheXFactor   (Member)

I'm talking about things like old eBay links (both sold and unsold) on the 'Trading Post'. Posts can be deleted on the IMDb, so hopefully there's a way to do it here as well.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Only admin can delete posts.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2014 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I bet some board members would just love it if they could.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   Recordman   (Member)

If it's your post, just open it, hit the EDIT button and erase everything. Wouldn't that work?

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 7:37 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

If it's your post, just open it, hit the EDIT button and erase everything. Wouldn't that work?

You can't delete the thread only edit the post. I don't think we are allowed to post a thread with nothing in it. So something like "Deleted" would need to be typed in the post. (Many just type a period symbol.) But what's the point of that? Might as leave the original message so ppl know what it was about.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

A year or two ago while posting something, I erased the text completely, leaving just two quote marks ("") in the post, then pressed the 'post message' button. I got the white page with the blue coloured FSM text error (or whatever the text is) printed at the top centre of the page. Then I noticed the post had disappeared from the thread in which it had been made. Naturally, I thought that was how one deleted a post, even though I had received no explicit instructions about any such method.

When I next came to delete a post I tried the same thing, but it didn't work out. And it hasn't since. So I conjectured that my initial successful deletion was some sort of fluke, never to be repeated.

I'm afraid that if you open a window hereabouts, it stays that way whatever the weather.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: A year or two ago while posting something, I erased the text completely, leaving just two quote marks ("") in the post, then pressed the 'post message' button. I got the white page with the blue coloured FSM text error (or whatever the text is) printed at the top centre of the page. Then I noticed the post had disappeared from the thread in which it had been made. Naturally, I thought that was how one deleted a post, even though I had received no explicit instructions about any such method.

When I next came to delete a post I tried the same thing, but it didn't work out. And it hasn't since. So I conjectured that my initial successful deletion was some sort of fluke, never to be repeated.

I'm afraid that if you open a window hereabouts, it stays that way whatever the weather.


But it's so easy to edit our posts, and if we want to delete everything, as already pointed out, you can type in something like "delete" or "dp" and it works. And if it's something you've started yourself and you realize that it was something you probably shouldn't have started, do what I've done: change the title to "delete" and erase most of the original posting, and FSM will probably get rid of it, as they've done for me when I realized immediately that I was starting something that had already been well covered. (I've noticed that some here add something to posts just to pop them back to the top of the heap!)

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

True, although the record that you posted something still remains. I've deliberated with myself on the question of deleting whole tracts of text, especially if I don't see a single morsel of merit in what was said. If you delete something, unless it was a DP or some such thing, then what the blazes was the point of posting it in the first place.? It sets up a dilemma. To post or not to post. That is the question.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Again, for me, it turned out to be something that had already been posted, and I've come down on such double and triple and quadruple posters as those routinely made by dan the man and others who have flagrantly started new posts on things already well covered and didn't want to be a hypocrite myself, and noticed that in both cases they seemed to disappear very quickly off the board and NOT just go to page 2 or 3 of previous posts. (And when I went to my profile to check out posts by me, they weren't listed there either -- honest.) But in my case I was able to catch them before anyone else had posted to them, so that may have been a factor in getting them deleted -- don't you think?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   TheXFactor   (Member)

Thanks everyone for the response/feedback. I do agree with the point made about what's the point in posting if you're just going to delete it, but in this instance I was more curious about expired eBay auctions and that sort of thing. Clearly they're nothing that needs to be archived.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Ron, the board works in mysterious ways wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

What you do is post secret plans to build a nuclear weapon, then contact DHS, and the psot will magically disappear. ;-)

Also, you as well. It's a down side, I know.

 
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