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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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Should a topic starter really be able to delete other threads. I don't see any reason why they should, unless there are no replies. Is there any way to make it as such?

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**Devantè****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-07-14
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What are you talking about? I cannot delete other threads, only the ones that I have created. Perhaps you mean why one should be given the permission to delete one's own thread?

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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Scratch out "other" and replace it with "entire".

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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So, if a member starts a topic, people join in, the discussion doesn't go the member's way and they delete their first post, then the whole topic goes.

That does seem to be wrong.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**mikau****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-22
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perhaps the user could delete any of their own contributions to a thread, including the original post, and all replies, along with the title, would stay.

Just a thought.

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I wonder if someone should be able to delete a post once someone has replied? Maybe they can edit it (and even blank it out) but deleting it can lead to rather confusing threads.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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Some forums let their members delete posts, but then instead of it completely vanishing, a [*This post was deleted by its poster*]-type message replaces it.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**mikau****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-22
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that might work!

Another possibility, the author of the post could issue a 'delete request' which alerts the mods that the author wishes to delete that thread, and the mod can either delete, edit, or leave it.

*Last edited by mikau (2007-08-15 07:54:39)*

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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That's called reporting, mikau.

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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OK, Members can delete Posts, but not Topics now.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**mikau****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-22
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hehehe! so THAT'S what that button's for.

just a thought, should users be able to delete their own threads in the Help forum? That might make sense.

*Last edited by mikau (2007-08-15 12:10:57)*

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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Nope, under no circumstances should any non-moderator or admin be able to modify another's post.

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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How much work would it be to change this so that members can delete their own topics if they haven't been replied to yet?

I've been seeing a few single-post topics lately where someone has asked a question, figured it out themselves and then had to change their post into a request for deletion because they couldn't delete it themselves.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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That is a good idea ... it must be possible. Remind me after we upgrade to FkuxBB (can't be long now ... ?)

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