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  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM 5341 replies99 threads Senior Member
    ML, my comment was made before anothers edit.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38773 replies2127 threads Super Moderator
    ML, my comment was made before anothers edit.

    @GA2012MOM, thanks for the clarification. *****And THAT, people, @philovitist @cap is why CC doesn't allow endless editing/deleting!! My feelings were hurt, but GA2012MOM's comment wasn't even directed at me!
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  • absentionsabsentions 251 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Actually, questions also can't be deleted from Yahoo Answers (I think after a certain period of time). I also don't agree with that.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38773 replies2127 threads Super Moderator
    @absentions, CC and Yahoo Answers each want to maintain a data base of information. It's not fair for people to ask for and receive answers, then just delete the information because they're done. If people don't want their posts to remain, they don't have to put them up in the first place.
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  • LBad96LBad96 3442 replies57 threads Senior Member
    To be fair, I've had threads deleted before without an apparent reason. Seems that you've broken your own terms of service?
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38773 replies2127 threads Super Moderator
    @lbad96, you apparently haven't read the TOS. You might want to do that. Here is the relevant section:

    <<Moderation. CollegeConfidential.com moderators and administrators may edit, move, and delete posts to make them more accessible or to bring them into compliance with our TOS. If an edit changes the context or meaning of the post in any significant way, moderators will usually include a note that the post has been edited in the post itself. All moderation, however, is performed on a "best efforts" basis - each poster is fully responsible for his/her own posts, and each visitor is responsible for what he/she reads. Offensive posts should be reported to the moderators, and every effort will be made to remove them as soon as possible. Out of respect for both moderators and policies, discussion of moderator actions and forum policies is welcomed via private message or e-mail; these issues are off-topic for the forums.>>
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  • TranquilMindTranquilMind 1084 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Posters should be able to delete and/or edit their own posts at any time. Most sites allow editing and deleting of posts. I had not remembered this from the terms, but I will be extra careful to be as nonspecific as possible in the future here.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33373 replies767 threads Senior Member
    Tranquil, you've been here for nearly 4 years. This aspect hasn't really changed other than our edit time has been tripled.

    I understand people being upset (trust me, I'm one of the loudest, most obnoxious people on the other thread), but I don't understand why some long-time posters are upset about rules that have been there since before the change over.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34514 replies383 threads Senior Member
    ^ and if they decide you can't delete after an hour, then you can't delete after an hour. So be careful what you write, because, on a public, mostly anon forum, "you are what you write." I thought ML's OP advice was good.
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  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap 11539 replies251 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    No other board I frequent allows me to completely delete a post. Not Chowhound, not Medscape. I don't think Gardenweb does either, but they make you check what you are posting a few times before it's official. At least they used to.

    And I will confess I used to get "cute" from time to time here on CC. Mostly I wasn't being cute, but often regretted what I'd posted in the heat of the moment.

    Let's see if I come back and take that last bit out in time!
    edited April 2014
    Post edited by Shrinkrap on
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  • TranquilMindTranquilMind 1084 replies18 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    An hour to delete or edit is NOTHING. You may get interrupted, be working, or have an appointment, during which time you realized that you spilled a bit too much personal detail or something that may embarrass your kid, or simply be unwise to post because people you know might be here. Then you are screwed. I post on a business site in which other business owners like me sometimes share sample documents. Accidentally - and I don't know HOW I missed this - I posted a sample letter that left some personally identifying information on it, which I had actually sent to someone in real life. I simple emailed the moderator, who removed that personally identifying information. It would have been better if I could immediately remove it myself, but at least I could get it removed.

    I strongly prefer sites where I can delete or edit anytime, but will use sites where at least I CAN get something removed.

    I won't post anywhere where I'm stuck if a rare accident occurs, like the one I just mentioned. I may have been reading this board for years, romani, but I rarely post here.

    ETA: SO we only have 15 minutes now to edit? It was an hour before, but just now, when I attempted to edit another post, it said "15 minutes". I came back to this one and had only three minutes left. What's up with that? Editing time has been cut from an hour to 15 minutes??

    edited April 2014
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  • PicapolePicapole 432 replies4 threads Member
    I read this forum for about a year before I made an account and I think there some great longtime posters here. I don't want this to come across as ungrateful.

    I understand these are the rules, but we are also talking about something that matters a lot to the kids and parents involved. I think the potential to be upset and say something stupid here is much higher than if you are trying to figure out how to prune a shrub on Gardenweb or review a new place for dinner on Chowhound.

    Many people have commented that record levels of applications were posted this cycle. In an ideal world we would also be tracking the blood pressure of all those students and their parents to see if those also were record levels. The board was founded to be supportive, and really what is being requested is a little more support.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33373 replies767 threads Senior Member
    I've been on the board for 7 years and not deleting a post after a few minutes has ALWAYS been the rule.

    Fwiw, you can't delete on any other board I'm on either.
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  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap 11539 replies251 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2014
    All I can say is that I have learned how to stay my hand over time (not thst you can tell from my number of posts!). I have learned to bite my tongue in real life too. Well, sometimes.
    edited April 2014
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  • collegebound752collegebound752 534 replies24 threads Member
    @kelowna, how did you get money from a school via this site?
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  • AmericanHopeeAmericanHopee 368 replies13 threads Member
    I honestly get really upset about that. I've sent about 10 requests to delete something, I'm sorry, but I still think it's unacceptable that you cannot change posts afterwards.

    Beloved forum friends, can you please make posts editable forever? :)
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38773 replies2127 threads Super Moderator
    @AmericanHopee, when you signed up on CC, you were told:

    <<Registration to this forum is free! We do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed below and more fully in our complete Terms of Service. If you agree to the terms, please check the 'I agree' checkbox and press the 'Register' button below. If you would like to cancel the registration, click here to return to the forums index.>>

    Part of the Terms of Service reads:

    <<Can My Posts Be Deleted?

    Posts are editable for a brief period following posting to allow correction of spelling errors, formatting, etc. After that, members may not edit their own posts. This prevents one member from editing an earlier post in a thread, rendering comments by others irrelevant or seemingly inaccurate. Similarly, we cannot delete posts upon request. Doing so would destroy the integrity of our archive and consume a huge amount of manpower. Therefore, please do not post personal data or other information that could prove to be a problem later.>>

    As I posted earlier, I belong to another forum, for runners, in which people CAN edit or delete their posts for as long as they wish. So people get in some kind of argument, then they change or delete their post, making the person who responded "after" them to look foolish or incorrect. That is not fair to anyone else. So some of these rules are for the good of the community.
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  • back2itback2it 79 replies14 threads Junior Member
    LAME rule. All that people are asking for is some time, because there should always be a "cool off" period in forums, where admins give members a few hours, or days to reconsider a post they made out of "passion" without thinking. Not allowing them to delete at all is ridiculous and serves no purpose.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 38773 replies2127 threads Super Moderator
    ^You can always start your own forum and come up with your own rules!
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  • absentionsabsentions 251 replies29 threads Junior Member
    Just a suggestion: maybe certain entire threads can be deleted (not comments)? Like Chance Me threads. Those tend to contain a lot of personal information that can be used to identify the poster. How do Chance Me threads help the rest of the community? The only people they benefit are the OP, and after the OP has gotten the chances he/she needs, then he/she should be able to delete the entire discussion containing their info.
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