Etiquette in deleting threads

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    Oct 18, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    There was a thread created within the last couple of days where the OP expressed a particular position. There were I'd guess anywhere from 30-50 replies, none as I can recall were sympathetic to the OP's position. I do not recall any inflammatory posts or anything that would violate the RJ Terms of Service. Apparently the OP did not like the responses, so he deleted the thread. I think it is poor etiquette as other guys took the time to reply and their replies should have been kept available to other RJ members. Interested in opinions on this practice.
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    Oct 18, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    An OP starts a thread. The OP gets his answers. The OP doesn't like the unanimously negative answers. Maybe his thread was misinterpreted by everyone. The OP deletes the thread. That's the way it goes.

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    The Rude RJer thread disappered as I was viewing it. Not surprised.
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    Oct 18, 2010 2:55 PM GMT

    Hmm, I have to say I disagree with you on this, handsome...
    Although there ARE times and subject matter that warrant attention some where down the line...there are also times when one really NEEDS to be removed.
    I have asked for opinions and advice on several subjects..and once I get the responses I'm looking for (or not, in the case of Caslon), I delete them. To me, once it's over, it's over...why take up space for something that is no longer needed? I think there are MANY really old threads on here that should have had an expiration date TWO years ago!!!! .icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 18, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    Interesting, different points of view. In my opinion, a thread exists not only to answer a question or address an issue for the OP, but also to provide discussion for the members in general. In that sense, the OP is the topic starter, or motivator, but not necessarily the continual focus of all the discussion that can ensue. In that particular thread, a member, not the OP, made a point. I commented on his point but it was all deleted.

    My opinion is in general a member should be able to delete what he wrote, but not what others wrote. If the thread is linked to the first message, it might be difficult to relink the thread to the second message, and maybe not good as it would indicate the second poster as the thread starter. Maybe the OP could not delete his first message but edit out all the text.
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    Oct 18, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidInteresting, different points of view. In my opinion, a thread exists not only to answer a question or address an issue for the OP, but also to provide discussion for the members in general. In that sense, the OP is the topic starter, or motivator, but not necessarily the continual focus of all the discussion that can ensue. In that particular thread, a member, not the OP, made a point. I commented on his point but it was all deleted.

    My opinion is in general a member should be able to delete what he wrote, but not what others wrote. If the thread is linked to the first message, it might be difficult to relink the thread to the second message, and maybe not good as it would indicate the second poster as the thread starter. Maybe the OP could not delete his first message but edit out all the text.

    There was a lot of discussion about delegating the ability of deleting a thread long ago when adding that feature was first proposed. The same idea that the OP should nit be able to delete everyone's input was discussed. I thought the decision was that the OP had to ask Admin to delete a thread for a reason. Maybe Admin got tired of having to make judgment calls and Just gave the ability to the OP.
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    Oct 18, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
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    Hmm, I have to say I disagree with you on this, handsome...
    Although there ARE times and subject matter that warrant attention some where down the line...there are also times when one really NEEDS to be removed.
    I have asked for opinions and advice on several subjects..and once I get the responses I'm looking for (or not, in the case of Caslon), I delete them. To me, once it's over, it's over...why take up space for something that is no longer needed? I think there are MANY really old threads on here that should have had an expiration date TWO years ago!!!! .icon_lol.gif

    I thought you people were supposed to be jolly.
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    Oct 18, 2010 4:32 PM GMT

    You make a valid point... but technically speaking, not sure how it would work.
    As long as the OP is in charge of his post... it is entirely up to him whether or not it stays.
    Maybe Chris might know how this could be done...
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    Oct 18, 2010 4:38 PM GMT
    I've deleted some of my own threads for one of two reasons:

    1. The thread is old and tiresome and people start repeating what's already been said in the responses.

    2. A thread turns into something overly negative and not productive for its intended purpose. This often eases stress for others who are caught up in it too.
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    Oct 18, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    Oh yeah, Turtleneckjock's Rude RJ'er thread is gone.
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    Oct 18, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    Well, most forum software has a "locking" feature. This allows the thread starter to lock the thread, so that no further replies can be added. This is handy if the OP got replies he was looking for, and wants to leave it for others to ready. Or if the thread starts to go off tangent.

    Either way, I don't care. People should be allowed to delete their posts and threads.
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    Oct 18, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    If nobody responds to a thread I will delete it.
    If only a few people respond, I will sometimes delete it.
    If many people respond, I will not delete it.

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    Oct 18, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    When I started using the forums the first thing I did was search the old threads...It was then that I got a lot of good advice and saw some varying opinions which really helped me out a lot...

    Old threads can be very helpful to some people that need to hear the same advice...Even if no one responded to the thread and I had the same propblem they did, it let me know that I wasn't alone at least...
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    Oct 18, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    Two weak points of this forum:

    (1) No locking
    (2) OPs can delete entire threads rather than their own posts.

    The justification given is "free speech", but in neither case is it a coherent point.
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    Oct 18, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    I have started threads where I later deleted for the following reasons:

    1) By request from someone who may feel uncomfortable because another member makes personally attacks and harass them.

    2) When the thread turns ugly and way too negative.

    3) My question on the topic have been answered!


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    Oct 19, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
    An OP should be allowed to delete a thread for whatever reason, whether it is the forum has gone in an ugly direction or something as minor as he looks at his posts in the threads and decides he made too many spelling mistakes. He made the decision to start it, so he he should be able to make the decision to end it.
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    Oct 19, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    Iceblink saidAn OP should be allowed to delete a thread for whatever reason, whether it is the forum has gone in an ugly direction or something as minor as he looks at his posts in the threads and decides he made too many spelling mistakes. He made the decision to start it, so he he should be able to make the decision to end it.

    I guess we just have very different views on it. I think certain courtesies should be extended to an OP, such as staying on topic if he requests. I don't think an OP is a moderator. I think basically non-moderators should only be able to delete their own messages, not those of others.
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    Oct 19, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWell, most forum software has a "locking" feature. This allows the thread starter to lock the thread, so that no further replies can be added. This is handy if the OP got replies he was looking for, and wants to leave it for others to ready. Or if the thread starts to go off tangent.

    Either way, I don't care. People should be allowed to delete their posts and threads.

    on most forums, the mods and admins control the locking.
    and they also have the power to delete threads of course .

    Too many years of modding and participating in forums have made me completely indifferent to whatever's going on in a thread.
    people pushing each others' buttons and having sadistic fun at it becomes mind numbing soon enough.



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    Jan 15, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
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    Iceblink saidAn OP should be allowed to delete a thread for whatever reason, whether it is the forum has gone in an ugly direction or something as minor as he looks at his posts in the threads and decides he made too many spelling mistakes. He made the decision to start it, so he he should be able to make the decision to end it.

    I guess we just have very different views on it. I think certain courtesies should be extended to an OP, such as staying on topic if he requests. I don't think an OP is a moderator. I think basically non-moderators should only be able to delete their own messages, not those of others.


    Well, admin would have to HIRE moderators; without them they do what they can, and part of this is giving the membership these capabilities. We used to pay for the site - now it's free. Should RJ go back to being a paid for site so they can hire mods?

    -Doug
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    Jan 15, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    HeartRobb saidAn OP should be allowed to delete a thread for whatever reason, whether it is the forum has gone in an ugly direction or something as minor as he looks at his posts in the threads and decides he made too many spelling mistakes. He made the decision to start it, so he he should be able to make the decision to end it.



    This ^^^^^^^^

    Granted, it's annoying if there is a good discussion going on (even if it gets heated) and the OP pulls the plug, but that's their prerogative. Not gonna lose any sleep over it.
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    Jan 15, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
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    HeartRobb saidAn OP should be allowed to delete a thread for whatever reason, whether it is the forum has gone in an ugly direction or something as minor as he looks at his posts in the threads and decides he made too many spelling mistakes. He made the decision to start it, so he he should be able to make the decision to end it.



    This ^^^^^^^^

    Granted, it's annoying if there is a good discussion going on (even if it gets heated) and the OP pulls the plug, but that's their prerogative. Not gonna lose any sleep over it.


    I agree. ;-). I think sometimes the OP realizes that the discussion has turned in the wrong way, and wants to reduce the stress of all involved by just deleting the thread.

    I have deleted a few threads. Either to put it to rest, or to stop a big fight going on. I don't want my men hurting each other too much.
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    Jan 15, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    I think the proper way to delete a thread is to hold your pinkie up as you click the mouse. I'm not Emily Post. That's just the way I think it ought to be done.
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    Jan 15, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    Caslon17000 saidI think the proper way to delete a thread is to hold your pinkie up as you click the mouse. I'm not Emily Post. That's just the way I think it ought to be done.

    Yes, and remember a cultured person does it only with their right hand.
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    Jan 15, 2011 10:40 PM GMT
    I think people should have the right to delete threads. It's in bad taste and I usually disagree with their decision, but it's their right.

    A consequence in not being able to delete a thread: I made a thread 2 years ago on another site that got locked (so I can't delete it), and at least two RJ users have used it against me on RJ TODAY even though it's COMPLETELY irrelevant.
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
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    socalfitness saidThere was a thread created within the last couple of days where the OP expressed a particular position. There were I'd guess anywhere from 30-50 replies, none as I can recall were sympathetic to the OP's position. I do not recall any inflammatory posts or anything that would violate the RJ Terms of Service. Apparently the OP did not like the responses, so he deleted the thread. I think it is poor etiquette as other guys took the time to reply and their replies should have been kept available to other RJ members. Interested in opinions on this practice.


    Don't mean to be rude

    But get over it.

    Don't mean to be rude back, but I offered my opinion and solicited others. Nothing to get over. Seemed to be something you missed.