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Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:59 pm
by siriushardware
I recently duplicate-posted and went into EDIT on the duplicate post to delete it, as I would on pretty much any other forum like this. Unless I'm going blind, there really does not seem to be a 'delete own post' button or option. Is there one?

In this particular case the problem was entirely my fault but it's not uncommon for the 'submit' action upon completion of a post to fail with 'error 500'.

If you aren't used to this happening, then naturally you try again and then eventually you find that you have double posted because the original post did make it through, despite the error.

Why that should keep happening is obviously a separate issue, but it would be helpful if we could tidy up our own mess by deleting unintended extra posts.

Edit: Just noticed that there is a 'delete' cross box on -this-post. Is it time-limited or something?

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:34 pm
by exxos
siriushardware wrote:I recently duplicate-posted and went into EDIT on the duplicate post to delete it, as I would on pretty much any other forum like this. Unless I'm going blind, there really does not seem to be a 'delete own post' button or option. Is there one?

In this particular case the problem was entirely my fault but it's not uncommon for the 'submit' action upon completion of a post to fail with 'error 500'.

If you aren't used to this happening, then naturally you try again and then eventually you find that you have double posted because the original post did make it through, despite the error.

Why that should keep happening is obviously a separate issue, but it would be helpful if we could tidy up our own mess by deleting unintended extra posts.

Edit: Just noticed that there is a 'delete' cross box on -this-post. Is it time-limited or something?


You can delete your own posts, but there is a time limit as to how long you can do that for. I'm not sure how long that is, maybe 24Hs (dal?).

The errors are annoying, I think most just accept it these days. Posts do tend to send even if you get the error, so always best to open a new tab on the new posts page and see if your post is actually there before clicking back and re-submitting.

Mostly though, if you end up with a duplicate post, just wait a couple hours as moderators are on and off the forum all times of day and if any of us see a duplicate we will delete it anyway.

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:05 pm
by siriushardware
exxos wrote:
siriushardware wrote:
You can delete your own posts, but there is a time limit as to how long you can do that for. I'm not sure how long that is, maybe 24Hs (dal?).



Not as long as that. I've just checked back here and the 'delete' button I originally noticed on my OP above one hour ago has already gone.

I think the problem was that I had noticed that my posts didn't have a 'delete' option when I went back to read them later: But I had never noticed that they actually do have a 'delete' option for a limited time only: Just not in the post editor, where I 'just assumed' it would be.

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:10 pm
by galax
If someone replies after your post, the 'delete' option disappears straight away.

Edit: this picture confirms it; replied to my own post and lost the delete button on the first of the two:

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Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:10 pm
by galax
If you double-post, delete the second of the two posts.

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:35 pm
by exxos
galax wrote:If you double-post, delete the second of the two posts.


Good test :cheers:

It is 24H to delete posts otherwise.

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:52 pm
by siriushardware
Ah, so if someone replies to my post (possibly to complain that I've posted twice) then I am automatically deprived of the opportunity to do anything about it? :)

The basic premise makes sense: Allowing people to reply to a post and then allowing the OP to delete the post which was replied to would 'orphan' the replies and make them look very odd, like they were standing in a corner talking to themselves.

It's interesting that the same approach is not taken with editing, which appears to be allowed indefinitely. A post could be edited out of all recognition so that any replies made to any of its earlier incarnations seemed like nonsense, almost as bad as if the post was deleted altogether.

However, as a particularly cack-handed and absent-minded person, I am quite grateful that the facility to edit never times out, because I look through my old posts from time to time and it's amazing how often I notice non-fatal bugs in my posts and have to tidy them up.

There is a law (not sure which one) which states that if there is an error, you will not notice it no matter how many times you read past it until you have hit 'send' or 'submit' (or 'print').

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:59 pm
by galax
siriushardware wrote:A post could be edited out of all recognition so that any replies made to any of its earlier incarnations seemed like nonsense, almost as bad as if the post was deleted altogether.


There would at least be an 'edited' message with a timestamp, so a careful reader could see that the edit was made after the reply. If people do that to you a lot though, just quote their whole post when replying - I hate it when people do that and then I notice an error though ;)

Re: Delete own posts?

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:54 pm
by exxos
siriushardware wrote:There is a law (not sure which one) which states that if there is an error, you will not notice it no matter how many times you read past it until you have hit 'send' or 'submit' (or 'print').


That's like words of wisdom of the week!


galax wrote:There would at least be an 'edited' message with a timestamp, so a careful reader could see that the edit was made after the reply. If people do that to you a lot though, just quote their whole post when replying - I hate it when people do that an then I notice an errorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr though ;)


Couldn't resist sorry! :lol: