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

MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,750 Super Moderator
edited March 2014 in Community & Forum Issues
The moderators receive multiple requests every day to remove posts that people regret having put up on the public forums. As the Terms of Service clearly state, we do not honor such requests. Users need to remember that anything they post, whether on this site, Facebook, etc., will always be there.

Here is an example of what can happen if you forget this lesson:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/mother-facebook-humiliation-4chan_n_5007170.html
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Replies to: ***POSTS CANNOT BE DELETED - Think Carefully before Posting Any Identifying Information***

  • TigerCC2014TigerCC2014 Registered User Posts: 460 Member
    edited March 2014
    Don't join if your not willing to follow the rules.
    Post edited by TigerCC2014 on
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,750 Super Moderator
    @absentions, here is the relevant section of the Terms of Service, which you agreed to when you signed up on CC:

    "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."
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,750 Super Moderator
    A user requested a link to the Terms of Service. It is currently not visible on the website, but I'm hoping this link works (I can see it, but I'm not sure about others):

    https://auth.collegeconfidential.com/module.php/hobsonspolicies/policy.php?policy=tos
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,906 Super Moderator
    @MaineLonghorn Yes I can see it. Thanks.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,750 Super Moderator
    Hunt, that happened to me, too! One adult figured out who I am - she was fine and I didn't mind. But a young person also did, and she posted a few mean things. I was able to figure out who she was, and I was really shocked! She was always sweet in person.

    I know just by sharing as much as I do about my sons, I'm easily identifiable, but the risk is worth it for me.
  • DeniseCDeniseC Registered User Posts: 1,069 Senior Member
    But what about making the info about your children easily identifiable and public? That's where I have difficulty with so much sharing. They might not agree with your views of how much info could be available or may have changing views about how much info they want out there about themselves.
  • wedgedrivewedgedrive Registered User Posts: 211 Junior Member
    I have had a problem with this too & as a result have altered some data. I don't feel great about this as it feels like I am lying but I want to protect confidentiality.
  • KelownaKelowna Registered User Posts: 2,829 Senior Member
    Hunt, that happened to me, too! One adult figured out who I am - she was fine and I didn't mind. But a young person also did, and she posted a few mean things. I was able to figure out who she was, and I was really shocked! She was always sweet in person.

    I know just by sharing as much as I do about my sons, I'm easily identifiable, but the risk is worth it for me.

    This has happened to me as well, but I share your view MaineLonghorn - by posting very specific information about my S we were able to land him in a great school for free, so this loss of anonymity was absolutely worth it (about quarter of a million dollar ;) ) Plus my S always says once you are online your anonymity is lost anyway :)
    I did consider abandoning CC for a while after one of the posters that recognized me became obviously mean, but I lived through it .
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,750 Super Moderator
    We are continuing to get many requests a day, some through PMs, to delete posts. I will start sending back a link to this thread, I think!
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 32,823 Senior Member
    edited March 2014
    Longer? An hour is way, way too long IMO. It used to be 20 minutes and that was plenty.

    I do wish we had the post delete option again but that's for the other thread :)
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,750 Super Moderator
    Uh, it's shown clearly in the Terms of Services when you sign up for CC. But that's why I put up this thread so prominently, for the people who didn't take the time to learn the rules.

    I'm on another forum where people can edit posts whenever they want to. Some people get cute and edit their posts after someone else has already replied to them. It's confusing and not fair. That is the reason for the one-hour window. You should look at your post as soon as you make it to see if there's anything that needs changing.
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