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AndyM

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Views : 1955  Jun 18, 2010 12:49pm

I know that thread deletion has been an "issue" here for some time. Some people appear to use it too willingly, and some others do not like that.

Having run forums myself, I can understand that this is a difficult one.

What some forums do is have a cooling off period - in other words, only allow posters to delete their thread within a set amount of time after starting their thread. After that time (perhaps 2 hours), they can no longer delete the thread without contacting a moderator.

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 1:21pm

I suggest this also marries in with moderation.

When do you lock a thread as opposed to pulling it etc. What level of written intervention is both reasonable and acceptable in a given circumstance?

I have always tried to be calm, level headed, fair and most of all, considerate to the posters when moderating. Sometimes it is easy, there are certain types of persons (yes, there really are!) who try to open accounts on here who clearly should not be here. Simples, they go. No head-effort required. Then an interesting and relevant discussion comes along. It then degenerates into a row and then becomes a slanging match. With the greatest respect for the wisdom expressed by those who say words like 'libel' are not appropriate in our fora (the argument that no one has the money to pursue etc.) it is in the first instance the site who is at risk. Risk being the keyword, no one wants to be at risk.

Moderation will only ever be as good as the feedback the moderators get. I will draw James' attention to this thread as I believe he will be very interested in it. Hopefully it will generate information that he will find helpful in laying down any future guidelines for both posters and moderators.

I do wish the moderators would talk amongst themselves more.

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StGeorge

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 2:38pm

quoting post from AndyM:

I know that thread deletion has been an "issue" here for some time. Some people appear to use it too willingly, and some others do not like that.

Having run forums myself, I can understand that this is a difficult one.

What some forums do is have a cooling off period - in other words, only allow posters to delete their thread within a set amount of time after starting their thread. After that time (perhaps 2 hours), they can no longer delete the thread without contacting a moderator.


I think people should still have the power to easily delete threads in the looking/offering work forums though. Actually I'd go further and give thread starters in those forums the power to delete off topic replies

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Matts_Brabus

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 3:35pm

Remove the ability for OPs to delete threads.

Do not let them lock them either

This on all forums I am on is the job of the moderators - to moderate. By removing the ability to control your own thread, it encourages all to behave somewhat more responibly, as you cannot be petulant and remove what you do not like.

There is enough censorship around without giving disgruntled OP's the ability to run off with the ball.

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 4:08pm

quoting post from StGeorge:

I think people should still have the power to easily delete threads in the looking/offering work forums though.

I was about to say that.

To keep the forums clear of outdated stuff it makes sense for people to be able to delete their old threads. It's annoying how many of the casting calls on other networking sites are out of date.

E.g. if I had a special offer that ran until 1st June, after 1st June I would want to delete the thread to a) help keep the forums clear and b) avoid people mistakenly contacting me for the special offer rate after 1st June, causing embarrassment for us both.

It seems that other than this, people only really delete their threads when they've got unpleasant in some way, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Plus, as this is a networking site, it's helpful for members to be able to pull their own threads if they are not helping them professionally anymore.

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Matts_Brabus

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 4:12pm

quoting post from AnitaDeBauch:

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It seems that other than this, people only really delete their threads when they've got unpleasant in some way, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Plus, as this is a networking site, it's helpful for members to be able to pull their own threads if they are not helping them professionally anymore.

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Thats what you have moderators for, to moderate the threads. If an OP is having a negative response to a thread, they should raise that with the mods - thats how most forii ( is that the plural??? ) operate, as to quote my old forum admin "it makes people stop and think for 60 seconds before they press Post Reply"

If a thread is going tits up through no fault of the OP, they should report it, and the mods should act. If a thread has gone tits up cos the OP is an arse, then tough, if you offer yourself for critique, and dont like the reply, grow up, and take it on the chin.

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AndyM

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 4:50pm

This is why I said it's a difficult one. It's a policy that really needs to be set out before a forum gets popular as it's difficult to change.

The problem is where people have invested time answering a thread, only to have it arbitrarily deleted because they don't like the outcome, or one or two replies, etc. (I'm not referring to one particular thread here).

It would not have to apply too all forums within a forum (I really need to think of a better way to say that), as the looking for work ones could be allowed to be deleted when needed. Or it could be "closed" by the OP and then purged by the forum owner after a while.

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 4:58pm

There is another popular abuse of the delete function. Somebody will start a thread (usually LFW) and then after a few hours delete it and post it all over again, avoiding the accusation of bumping.
There is a variation on this (usually my latest pic threads) where the OP deletes his/her last reply and then reposts it, bumping the thread again. You know who you are!


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StGeorge

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RE: Thread deletion Jun 18, 2010 5:34pm

quoting post from Kenp:

There is another popular abuse of the delete function. Somebody will start a thread (usually LFW) and then after a few hours delete it and post it all over again, avoiding the accusation of bumping.
There is a variation on this (usually my latest pic threads) where the OP deletes his/her last reply and then reposts it, bumping the thread again. You know who you are!


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