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***POSTS CANNOT BE DELETED - Think Carefully before Posting Any Identifying Information***

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  • thumper1thumper1 75551 replies3312 threads Senior Member
    You can always type your post...and save it as a draft while you have your cooling off time!
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  • MaterMiaMaterMia 1070 replies90 threads Senior Member
    Well - posts are deleted. Someone posted tonight that they had cheated on the ACT test ... there were several responses. I checked the poster's other posts - and commented on a thread about UT and Tulane that I doubted either was a good academic fit due to his admitted cheating in another thread. (Now back to original thread - he admits it was a "joke".) Now both threads are gone - or at least I can't find them anywhere. So pretty sure posts are deleted.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33394 replies767 threads Senior Member
    I think people misunderstood ML. Posts are deleted for violating the TOS. However, users cannot delete them and the mods will not delete just because someone regrets what they posted.
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  • MaterMiaMaterMia 1070 replies90 threads Senior Member
    Does my comment above violate the TOS?
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 39127 replies2147 threads Super Moderator
    ^No, MaterMia, on this thread it's OK.
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  • MaterMiaMaterMia 1070 replies90 threads Senior Member
    No - I meant does the student's post about cheating violate the TOS - ha! Wondering why they were deleted!
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  • london203london203 1351 replies26 threads Senior Member
    The problem I have with not being able to delete is if, way later in a thread, another poster becomes aggressive or offensive. I worry that it wouldn't take much to figure out who I am (or more importantly -my kid), I would love the option to delete personal information myself. Yes I understand the terms. I'm just saying it would be nice.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 39127 replies2147 threads Super Moderator
    KiarainNYC, only moderators and administrators are allowed to close threads. It wouldn't be fair for a member to close his or her thread just because s/he decided it wasn't going the way s/he liked. Other members wouldn't have a chance to respond to misinformation, either.
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  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 3759 replies97 threadsForum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Forum Champion
    @MaineLonghorn‌ perhaps this is the wrong thread to mention it in, but I have an idea that may serve both sides of the issue. What if there was an edit feature where you can't remove something, but can add to it later where it can be clearly seen as added later? Don't know if there is a way to add this... An example would be if someone got heated and said something they regretted, they could edit (basically add) to the post that they apologize and understand the issue with their post.

    For the record, I have no problem with CCs current policy. It's just some food for thought.
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist 24269 replies860 threadsHonorary Super Mod Inactive
    edited May 2014
    @guineagirl96‌ - I have seen people post apologies later in the thread, so you really don't have to edit the thread you regret to make an apology. In fact, with the new notification feature using the "@" sign to let another poster know they were mentioned, it becomes more likely that the person to whom you are apologizing will see the apology.

    I have to say I agree with MaineLonghorn and the CC TOS on this issue. I constantly see people finding older threads in their searches when trying to find out more about this or that feature regarding a school. If people were able to go back and change the content of the posts (and they would if they could! Not always because they thought they got too personal, but often because they were being spiteful, or petty, or just wanted to make themselves look better, silly as that is when you think about it) the person trying to do their research could get totally confused which is, as ML says, a disservice to them. But it is also a disservice to CC because it would make people think the value of the site is not what they had hoped. The nature of college admissions, being a never ending cycle dealing with the same set of schools and issues repeatedly, as opposed to, say, a news or sports site which deals with stories that usually last a short time and are far more opinion based, means the integrity of the posts is a more pressing issue. Hence, IMO, the reason for the policy.

    I also posted things I wish I hadn't when I first came to CC. Usually I changed them within the edit time frame, but sometimes not. I have learned, as another poster said, to "steady my hand", to take a deep breath and stick to the facts or my opinions on the issues, and not denigrate other posters. Same for personal info. I am not too worried about it in general, but I understand that if one is concerned, one needs to just be careful about what they post.

    Finally, awhile back someone suggested why not make an exception for "Chance Me" threads since "they only benefit the OP". That isn't true. While of course no two students are identical, many are close enough that they benefit from seeing the replies to another poster with similar stats, activities, etc. I have seen this fairly often also. And even besides that, the comments made in reply to an OP are often of broad interest and use, such as popular majors at that school, or what admissions offices seem to prefer at that particular school, just to give two of dozens of possibilities.
    edited May 2014
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  • makennacomptonmakennacompton 484 replies15 threads Member
    Here is how to sure your posts are deleted: post something thorougly offensive, get warned, keep doing it and then get booted off CC. You and all of your posts will disappear.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 39127 replies2147 threads Super Moderator
    @makennacompton, nope, it doesn't work that way. Banning and deleting are separate actions. We sometimes delete all of a user's content, but usually we leave all of the old, non-offensive posts alone.
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  • lyhakimlyhakim 15 replies15 threads Junior Member
    how do i edit posts?
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  • thumper1thumper1 75551 replies3312 threads Senior Member
    There is a little "wheel" in the upper right corner of your post. Click on that and you can edit....but you on,y have 15 minutes to edit posts. After that...you can't edit at all.
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  • london203london203 1351 replies26 threads Senior Member
    It used to be an hour.... that was a much more useful time frame...
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  • dreaming123dreaming123 18 replies0 threads New Member
    wow that's really annoying
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  • DPdad18DPdad18 1 replies0 threads New Member
    is it the moderators who write the warnings and disallow people for coming on for 3 weeks?
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist 24269 replies860 threadsHonorary Super Mod Inactive
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