Why do topics get locked instead of deleted?

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by gifi4, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. gifi4
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    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

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    Why do topics get locked instead of deleted?

    For example, there is a topic and OP broke rules, why does the topic get "closed" instead of deleted?
     
  2. Guild McCommunist

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    First off, all these questions should go in Site discussions/suggestions if anything, but are probably best answered by PM'ing a mod or something.

    Second off, deletion of topics is only used mainly for spambot ones like advertisements since they don't have any relevance to the forum. Other ones are just locked so they can still be kept on record. If a topic gets out of hand after 12 pages of discussion we're not gonna have 12 pages of discussion deleted, just locked.
     
  3. gifi4
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    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

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    lol cool, thanks I'll put it in the right section next time.
     
  4. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolfdog™ Cuddle lesbian

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    Between insane and insecure
    But you can on the other hand request a deletion of a thread.
     
  5. toguro_max

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    I really thought the topics are never deleted because someone would be able to learn from past mistakes...
    I think i overthought it too much...
     
  6. Depravo

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    Perhaps to show people what is considered unacceptable.
     
  7. raulpica

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    We usually do that to preserve proof of what a certain user did, especially if that warranted him a warn [​IMG]
     
  8. Scott-105

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    Raulpica, I love you [​IMG]
     
  9. tj_cool

    tj_cool Site dev

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    It's for the OP and other people to see what happened to the topic. Users may start wondering where a topic went if it's suddenly gone.

    It also allows us to reply with a reason for locking etc.
     
  10. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

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    I should just add to what Raul and Tj said, only threads from spambots are actually deleted completely. Usually if a thread from a real person seems to vanish its because it has been set to invisible and unapproved.
     
  11. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    Meaning that staff will be able to see the entire thread (whilst you members cannot - Easily reversible after a few clicks).