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Babies and bathwater

Whim of the OP

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Sift deletes threads if OPs ask them to.

My question: if a post triggers an interesting technical discussion, should Sift ignore the request and allow the discussion to develop? They can always remove offensive comments if need be. In short, why is the whim of the huffy OP seen as more important than the views of constructive contributors?

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By Tom Herbert
03rd Sep 2019 10:55

It wasn't actually the OP who asked for the post to be removed. We had a couple of complaints from members about 'freeloaders' polluting the site, so I pulled it.

As with all these things I'm happy to listen to constructive contributors, so if you'd like the thread back I'd be happy to restore it.

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By JoF
03rd Sep 2019 11:05

I think you should leave the post, just ban folk who delete their posts after responses have been made.

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Sep 2019 11:09

You know what I think about that: it should not be possible to edit a post once it has been replied to.

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By JoF
03rd Sep 2019 11:31

Absolutely agree, although some of my howler typos will be there for eternity!!

Certainly should not be possible to delete a post once the responses have come in.

Other forums manage this pretty easily.

Oh and Ive asked before Tom, can we please have 'new' posts showing in a different colour to the 'thanks' that show up. Given we have to do so much scrolling to see see if someone has added a new comment that would make things quicker. Better still, just add a date and time a response is added on the 'recent answers' page plus new posts show in bold or some such- no brainer then. (How about the developers try following this site's threads for a week and see what they think of the ridiculous set up! I know Im wasting my breath as its been this bad for an age now!)

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By legerman
04th Sep 2019 12:06

JoF wrote:
Better still, just add a date and time a response is added on the 'recent answers' page plus new posts show in bold or some such- no brainer then. (How about the developers try following this site's threads for a week and see what they think of the ridiculous set up! I know Im wasting my breath as its been this bad for an age now!)

Totally agree, that's how it worked on the old forum. When I click on aweb, it's set to the newest replies, but I never know when I've got to the point when I last read the forum.

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By Tax Dragon
04th Sep 2019 12:11

But while the ability to edit posts after they have been replied to still exists, knowing where you last left off doesn't necessarily help. (I agree it ought to help - and that's one reason why I disagree with ireallyshou's comment below.)

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
03rd Sep 2019 11:35

Editing posts is quite useful for two reasons:

1. Adding extra info, or clarifying points made by others in the thread
2. For anon threads.
3. Editing my rubbish typing

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Sep 2019 11:42

Rubbish typing... and worse counting.

Anon aside, it's better to give the extra info in a subsequent post. Edits are too easy to overlook.

The anon point had occurred to me, but it's a price I'd be willing to pay. And if it really was that important, they should be taking advice, going private with David (the only time anon is truly justified)… or as a last resort starting a second thread to deal with the fallout from the first.

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Sep 2019 11:06

Thanks Tom. Apologies for my incorrect assumption.

I saw nothing wrong with the thread, but if others did I don't want to upset them by suggesting you reinstate it.

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Sep 2019 11:42

We've wandered off topic, which was about deletions.

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By JoF
03rd Sep 2019 12:04

Is that not allowed? Is that indeed not often the case? Im a tall person. Plus a woman. I cannot read.....wasnt that something in another post today? Im wandering in and out due to traumatic client work!

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By legerman
04th Sep 2019 12:10

Tax Dragon wrote:

We've wandered off topic, which was about deletions.

It's called thread drift, and happens on every single forum, although not so much here. I don't see anything wrong with it.

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By Tom Herbert
03rd Sep 2019 14:47

Great, thanks for that everyone. Have restored the thread so the comments aren't lost in the AWeb vortex.

I've switched the username to anonymous. I'm sure if you really wanted to you could find it...

All the best,

Tom

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Sep 2019 15:23

While my OP was in response to the deletion of the reinstated thread, the wider question (about whether OPs should have the 'right' to have threads removed) remains. In many (OK, some) cases, the contributions they make to the discussion are far less useful than the contributions made by responders.

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