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Ability to delete threads or posts

By TheDreams
Oct 24, 2014
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  1. I think it would be useful if users were given the ability to delete their own threads and/or posts, I find myself not thoroughly reading a post > making a stupid reply > then realizing what it said or you post a thread about a problem, then figuring it out. I think this would be a good feature.
     
  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    We have set up the forum to allow own post edits and deletes. Maybe Xenforo's complex permission system is losing some of it in translation, wouldn't be the first time, but otherwise these are the current settings:
    • Newly registered accounts - 10 minutes
    • Verified accounts (short term) - 2 hours
    • Verified accounts (long term) - unlimited
    The above applies to both post editing and deletion.
     
  3. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    Where is this option to delete?
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    My assumption would be just to the right of the Edit option at the bottom of the post you want to manage.
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,555   +2,898

    I'm not seeing it. I just looked through the options available again.

    I can take snap shots of what is visible if you like.
     
  6. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    I had overlooked a related setting that was preventing self deletes, this has been corrected so it should be good now with the time windows specified above.
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,555   +2,898

    ^^ Yep, I see the option now. :)

    Thanks Julio!
     
  8. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    It's a moving metric, but the first threshold is passed at the 60 post mark and over 3 months of registration, the second threshold takes 4+ times that, and there's a more extreme one for long-term regulars that takes 3+ years and even more posts.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,700   +1,886

    OK, this new extension seems to have locked all posts from being edited, prior to it's installation.

    The delete button does appear on a new post, as I was able to remove my last outburst from this thread.

    The delete function, (at least it seems to me), should only be available for a short time, as subsequent posts may be dependent on the post being yanked. However, are the edit and delete functions interdependent, with respect to time available?

    I think the delete function is a very worthwhile improvement, but it seems it might need a bit of tweaking. Sorry for any extra work this has caused, or might cause in the future..
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
  11. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    Yea I am now unable to edit any of my past posts.
     
  12. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    Not trying to rush you or anything @Julio Franco, just unsure if you unwatched this thread. Editting is impossible now, after the time period is up D:
    • Newly registered accounts - 10 minutes
    • Verified accounts (short term) - 2 hours
    • Verified accounts (long term) - unlimited
     
  13. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    In fixing the delete feature it seems I enforced the edit times correctly as well. What's your scenario in which you'd want to edit a post after 2 hours?
     
  14. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    I was just wondering overall, if the times were for the delete feature only or if they were both impacted by those time increments. At the moment, I do not have a specific post that I want to edit. In fact, that might be something I would be willing to "subscribe" for, as in payment so I would be able to edit and delete as I wish.
     
  15. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    Current permissions are the way they were always meant to be, but if we find a need to change them in the future, we can always do so.
     
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,700   +1,886

    I always reread my posts, up to days later. Sometimes I like to put in a better choice of word, correct a missing or improperly placed punctuation mark, a missed or incorrectly capitalized letter. "Tweaking" I suppose you'd call it, or perhaps, self grammar nazi-ing. I don't correct or change anything that would tamper with, or substantially change, the overall content.

    Still, if the situation arises where I have to read my posts a year later, I don't want to be confronted with my errors if it can be avoided.

    The self removal feature is very worthwhile. But, it's primary use is when server delay causes double posts. I don't line up to, or like bothering anyone by complaining about that, and with self delete it's a simple click to rectify the error.(y)

    I full well realize you shouldn't be able to remove a post if another has made after it, or it has been used in a quotation. But, if you find out you've got the "I" before "E" incorrectly, and want to fix it, the time frame shouldn't matter.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014
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  17. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,233   +201

    I've spotted a mistake I made in a post that I made less than a day ago but can't edit the post. It has been followed by a couple of other posts but that shouldn't be an issue. This certainly needs rethinking. It's really annoying.
     
  18. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,059   +646

    Understandable situation, and I tend to agree. I have relaxed settings so verified users (short term) go from 2 hours to 1 day to edit. Having that said, you are a verified long-term user, and should have unlimited permissions to edit. Honestly it's Xenforo's overly complicated permissions that's baffling me at this point though who knows, maybe I just fixed it on this last revision.

    Thanks for your feedback.
     
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  19. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,233   +201

    Thanks. I revisited the post and was able to edit it. The change was from "File Factory" to "Format Factory". One's a website for downloading files and the other is a conversion program.
     
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  20. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    @Julio Franco It seems the recent changes you've made, have had a different effect than the one you stated above, I believe I am a short term verified user, yet I still have the ability to edit a thread I made on the 5th of January?
    [​IMG]
     
  21. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    TheDreams, I'm sure that by definition you are not a short-term verified user. I can't say with absolute certainty since I'm not an Admin but it's clear to me that you are considered a long-term user, so, no problem.
     
  22. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,233   +201

    I saw a thread that brought to mind something I'd struggled with years ago and had posted about. When I looked to find my posting record it looked like posts before 2014 weren't there. After a bit of work I've managed to locate them. This needs looking at because I could have responded to to more enquiries. There's a button for finding earlier posts but I missed it.
     
  23. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    @mailpup Hm, so then I guess I read this wrong
    Since I joined Feb 5, 2013, I didn't think that I was be a long term user since Julio stated it takes 3+ years.
     
  24. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Well, I could be wrong as well. Perhaps something has changed. In any case, it appears you you have the ability to edit the posts you want so maybe meeting the second threshold is long-term enough. Although there might be something unclear regarding Julio's definitions, is this a problem for you in some way?
     
  25. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 610   +61

    Nope, I was just trying to clear everything up(y)
     

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