Originally Posted by TwoCables
This only applies to threads that you created, not all of your posts.
I didn't know that this was a problem though. The problem as stated is: "We have unfortunately had issues in the past where users have decided to remove what we consider valuable content that should be available to all for as long as possible."
No one ever said that people were deleting 100% of the content in their thread's OP.
My post was based on what ENTERPRISE said in post #5 above
"We have had issues in the past with members who have decided to leave OCN for whatever reason who have also decided to delete their submitted content."
I understood 'delete their submitted content' as 'delete all posts.'
But honestly, why should someone be able to edit a post even a few days after they post it? Granted, they may have posted something incorrectly, but that's life. What we post on a forum is akin to what we say in a conversation. We can't go back and 'edit' what we say in a conversation, so why should be be able to do it here? I know, that is a rather extreme analogy, because many of the post are informational, meaning changing mistakes is content is a good thing, But how often is a mistake not found and corrected in fist week?
Also, how many years is most information relevant? Things change rapidly in this industry. Granted, not everything, but maybe the 'no edit / delete' should be from a few weeks to a year rather than over a year old ??
As for Chunky_Chimp
"a member with over 10k posts where they tried to wipe everything... I caught it after about 110 edits"
Not knowing the details, I don't know the user's intent or how many posts they would have ultimately deleted, but I seriously doubt it would have reached 1000, let alone 10,000.. And how do we know this member was in fact actually trying to wipe everything? I would thing a member in that scenario would start with what they considered their most important contributions, and once they were all deleted just leave.
i've moderated on forums in the past .. still do. My experience is members posting on a very active forum more than about 3,000 posts a year are usually general conversation with little important content. For example, I post approx. 3000 a year. Many of them are just talk with little or no real content.
Obviously this is a generalization so there are exceptions, but as a general rule any member leaving a forum and deleting their post is not going to make much of an impact on the forum. And if a forum is having many members with important content leaving and deleting, it's time for that forum to be taking a hard look at what is causing the migration, rather than 'sticking their finger in the dyke' trying to stop it. The problem is not members deleting and leaving, but why members are are doing it..
Changing horses here, but a 'Wiki' for each area might be a better way to store and organize important information. Problem is the logistics of setup and organization. Been there, done that, didn't like that t-shirt. Edited by doyll - 1/26/16 at 12:59am