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    threads missing

    At least three threads started by sophiehhrr disappeared from the forums, what happened?

    Some of them contained interesting discussions on ellipsis.

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    Re: threads missing

    sophiehhrr has recently deleted a number of their own threads and posts.
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    Re: threads missing

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    sophiehhrr has recently deleted a number of their own threads and posts.
    I believe that people who make a habit of deleting threads should be banned. It doesn't seem fair that a poster can delete follow-up posts by people who have put time and effort into giving comprehensive answers and lessons that others might be interested in. Sure, they get their homework done and leave no trace of it, but that's never been the purpose of the site, as I understand it.

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    Re: threads missing

    I have undeleted the threads she deleted and sent her a message. I agree with you, Raymott; a forum simply doesn't work that way and it's not fair to people who answer and the discussions may benefit others later.
    Last edited by Tdol; 03-May-2010 at 11:27.

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    Re: threads missing

    Thanks Tdol and Red5.

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    Re: threads missing

    Thanks to the seriousness of the site administrators the problem is solved.
    I am glad to have those threads back.

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    Re: threads missing

    Quote Originally Posted by Red5 View Post
    Since that thread is already closed I feel I should post here some suggestions:

    I think maybe it is not necessary to tacitly turn the deleting threads ability off for all users.
    Some rules could be established. For instance it could be possible to delete a thread that:
    i) has been viewed less than X times
    ii) has no subscribers or has less than X subscribers
    iii) is not more than X hours/days old
    iv) has never been replied
    v) has only one poster (the thread starter himself)
    Or any combination of the above. Naturally this would be completely transparent for the users.


    These are just suggestions. I am sure they are not difficult to implement based on the already existing tables of the UsingEnglish database.

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