Deleting posts - loss of continuity

 
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
I guess this belongs here.  It's not really a fault as it has always been the case.  It might be something that many of our newer members are unaware of however.

When a post is entered and then deleted for any reason - let's say you read it back and don't like the way it is written - the act of deleting the post means that all those who are following the topic no longer receive notifications of new posts.  The automated email notifications are reset and we must all go back in and re-select "Notify me of new posts".  In other words it can become harder to keep track of the topic and perhaps easy not to be aware that the discussion is continuing.  That is just the way our site code works.  If you then re-post you yourself will still be "in the loop" and receive reply notifications (unless you have selected to not have them) but no-one else will.

Personally I find it a mild irritation.  I generally return to topics I am interested in by way of an email notification after a reply is posted.  If there are none I might not be aware of more posts until I have more time to go through all the recent material.

There are other options.  A post can be edited.  It can be wiped clean and the entire post retyped from scratch but if it is the same post (i.e. has not actually been deleted and carries the same unique post ID) then the chain is not broken.  That is a method I use myself to avoid others losing track of the topic.  There are other ways to keep up to date but it isn't always possible to go through perhaps 10 pages of new posts just in case a new post has been made on one thread.

I offer this as a suggestion to bear in mind.  I'm sure none of us here sets out to frustrate others' attempts to follow the conversations.  I'm not suggesting we re-code from the ground up despite the fact other sites manage to not have this situation when posts are deleted.  If that were practicable I'm sure it would have been done years ago.

If you have to change every word you wrote perhaps consider doing it as an edit and not a deletion followed by a new post.  Others might be interested in what you have to say and may find it easier and quicker to read and reply if the email chain isn't broken.

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  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Funnily enough I was working on this particular bug yesterday. Almost fixed now in dev code Smile
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Funnily enough I was working on this particular bug yesterday. Almost fixed now in dev code Smile
michaelgreenhill
This should now be fixed in the newly-pushed code. Let me know by PM if it continues to be a problem.
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Cheers - will do.
  Yawn Station Master

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
"loss of continuity

can someone please point out which is the "ünlocked"thread on Dorrigo?

I can't seem to find it. Every thread has a red light against it.

I only ask as I do not feel that I got any form of answer to my query about whether the deal is not done or not?

it may be that if I wait long enough, a newsletter might actually mention it, but I thought someone might actually know.

to one contributor, I am NOT one of the "Keith Jones support group"- I pay a $50 subscription each year and have done so for over 10 years, more out of a perverse interest, as they say "it's like watching a train wreck" (with all due respect to those who recently lost their life in Spain.)
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
"loss of continuity

can someone please point out which is the "ünlocked"thread on Dorrigo?

I can't seem to find it. Every thread has a red light against it.

I only ask as I do not feel that I got any form of answer to my query about whether the deal is not done or not?

it may be that if I wait long enough, a newsletter might actually mention it, but I thought someone might actually know.

to one contributor, I am NOT one of the "Keith Jones support group"- I pay a $50 subscription each year and have done so for over 10 years, more out of a perverse interest, as they say "it's like watching a train wreck" (with all due respect to those who recently lost their life in Spain.)
Yawn
Yeah, that's not relevant to this thread at all, but since I'm feeling generous here's the answer. If you can't find an unlocked thread on Dorrigo it means there isn't one. You're free to start another thread, as long as you're not perpetuating the same argument that got any previous threads locked. Any such behaviour will result in the thread being locked and you receiving a warning level increase.

If you want to discuss the matter further please PM me. Don't hijack another thread Smile

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