Advanced search

Deleting old posts - should we now have the facility to do this?

(10 Posts)
MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 18:45:21

what do think? is this a big ask??

it's available on other fora and nobody seems to delete their posts half way through a conversation causing confusion as to what the thread is about!

If people accidentally overshare, and then regret it, it would give them some control, they could rein it back in without being up half the night worrying about being in the DM (eg).

MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 18:51:55

ok, I didn't read to the end of Justine's post. She's already said no.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 16-Aug-09 18:55:39

Hi Maggie
Yes, as Justine said.
if there's something that's going to keep you up half the night, do report it and we'll take a look
MN Towers

MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 18:58:40

But it can take a while for mumsnet to delete posts.

I know I have no control over it, but I think that it's a decision based on the assumption that the threads would all suddenly become nonsensical. I have seen on another very similar parenting forum that that just isn't the case.

Maybe it would be interesting to try it for a week?????

PuppyLoves Sun 16-Aug-09 19:07:17

I often use the search faciltiy and would feel as if a valuable part of MN had been lost if posts were removed

MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 20:40:50

It's not good though, being able to search somebody else's posts going way back. If you have suspicions who they are in real life, a quick trawl back through their posts would answer that.

OldDoe Sun 16-Aug-09 20:43:31

It's a good idea in theory but the abuse possibilities are endless.

I could make a beyond scathing, hurtful, personal attack on another poster, leave it a few minutes so that she/he sees it and then just delete it and walk away whistling innocently. I've seen this done many, many times on other forums.

MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 20:53:32

That could happen, but it would be fairly obvious what had happened. Also, in the grander scheme of things, taht matters less than leaving a trail of details about yourself forever searchable on mumsnet/internet.

DailyMailsaysVOTELABOUR Sun 16-Aug-09 20:58:23

I think they should just dump the archives. New threads are started all the time without people researching stuff. We all change, our views changes, we all might have been more naive (less internet savvy) at some stage. I'd hate to be held hostage for something I said years and years ago.

MaggieBeauLeo Sun 16-Aug-09 22:02:08

Absolutely. Totally agree. Good screen name btw1!

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now