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OP Thread Deletion (aka Decapitation )

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Feb 7, 2017
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OP Thread Deletion (aka Decapitation )

@TomRFD

Here’s another one
toronto-private-detectives-2483162

It’s super annoying when an OP chooses to DELETE their original post

Leaving a thread that’s decapitated … and little use to the RFD community as a whole

Sharing is caring … when it comes to the whole Forum concept

I know you are aware of this issue … but it would be nice if a solution was found to end this bad habit by some users
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Dec 20, 2004
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An 'easy' solution would be to make edit history visible to all users. Not sure how easy that would be to implement, but there it is. :)
Nobody cares which exploitative corporations you give your money to every month. Capitalism is a plague on this planet. Get that crap out of your signature.
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Apr 10, 2011
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PointsHubby wrote: (...) Here’s another one toronto-private-detectives-2483162 It’s super annoying when an OP chooses to DELETE their original post leaving a thread that’s decapitated … and little use to the RFD community as a whole. (...)
About the thread quoted above, the OP was quoted in post #2.

I understand that it is frustrating when someone deletes the OP but on the other hand, there's the right to edit or delete something that you posted.

Haven't you ever edited or deleted something you posted?
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Feb 7, 2017
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Temporel wrote: About the thread quoted above, the OP was quoted in post #2.

I understand that it is frustrating when someone deletes the OP but on the other hand, there's the right to edit or delete something that you posted.

Haven't you ever edited or deleted something you posted?
Sure … but not the entire frickin OP / Question

There’s a reason that only Mods can actually CLOSE or DELETE a thread from the website

Cutting the head off of an already established thread … does nothing for the RFD Forums Community
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I'm not a fan of the practice either but unless it harms the community in a significant way then I think it's just sort of left alone. There are valid reasons for the practice, such as someone removing personally identifiable info or a comment that could show up in a background search.

If someone edited out a large OP from a popular community thread, they might restore that if it gets reported for example.
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Sep 27, 2003
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Redmask wrote: I'm not a fan of the practice either but unless it harms the community in a significant way then I think it's just sort of left alone. There are valid reasons for the practice, such as someone removing personally identifiable info or a comment that could show up in a background search.

If someone edited out a large OP from a popular community thread, they might restore that if it gets reported for example.
Back in the VB days, mods / admins could view a posts' edit history. I miss that feature.
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Feb 7, 2017
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Redmask wrote: I'm not a fan of the practice either but unless it harms the community in a significant way then I think it's just sort of left alone. There are valid reasons for the practice, such as someone removing personally identifiable info or a comment that could show up in a background search.

If someone edited out a large OP from a popular community thread, they might restore that if it gets reported for example.
I get your examples …

But 99% of the time … that isn’t what is happening … not selective detection.

It’s ENTIRE DELETION

The OP deletes the original post # 1 … (what I call DECAPITATION) and leaves the whole thread hanging

It’s like if I removed every word here in my original post, and this thread essentially began with Reply # 2 by @GeeCee

Without that Original Post … it’s hard to comprehend what was said (the Question) … or sometimes even what the whole thread is about

So in the end … DECAPITATED benefits NO ONE in the RFD Community
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Nov 12, 2006
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Redmask wrote: There are valid reasons for the practice, such as someone removing personally identifiable info or a comment that could show up in a background search.
They should think twice about posting in the first place then.
If there is a valid reason, then admin/mod can be approached to remove it.

I think the annoyance of the issue over rides this factor.

A work around is that the first responder quotes the OP.
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Sep 4, 2006
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Most forums give a 24hr window for OP edits. After that, the post is locked from edits except by staff. That should be enacted here as well.
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jayoldschool wrote: Most forums give a 24hr window for OP edits. After that, the post is locked from edits except by staff. That should be enacted here as well.
If we implement this, we need exclude threads in hot deal forum. People should be able to add more details for the deals and sometimes just "OOS"

Or let's just implement this feature in OT first

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