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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Sometimes I accidentally submit a posting and immediately after it appears wish I could delete it, but there does not seem to be any such facility.  (For example, I meant to edit a previous posting of mine, but, being in a pre-caffinated morning brain-dead state, I accidentally quoted it and submitted it as a new posting.)

 

It might be a good idea to allow the original poster to have a delete button (which could go away if there are any replies from others).  This would help to make threads cleaner by allowing one to fix mistakes should they have happened.

post #2 of 10

When I've had this problem I just go to edit mode and delete the text.  I replace it with a period (.).   It's nearly invisible and all that is left is an empty spot with my name on it.  I've seen others do this too.

post #3 of 10
Hi Renenkel--

I've long advocated editing privileges that would expire after a reply, but I'm not sure that that functionality is available.

You do have options, though. Although we cannot delete a post, we can edit it for a period of time--meaning that you could delete its contents if you needed to. I've accidently hit "submit" before completing a post too, so I know what you're saying. If it's just an unfinished post that you don't want to send yet, consider opening the Edit screen (pencil icon, lower left below your post), and deleting it. Perhaps replace it with a brief comment like "accidental post--stay tuned." Then rewrite your post and submit it again when you're ready. If you do not want to lose what you've already written, copy and save it to a text file before deleting.

It's a good habit to compose any substantial post in a text editor or word processor and then copy-pasting it into the EpicSki editing screen when it's ready. If you use BBCode (very simple-Google it if unfamiliar), you can do everything in a plain text editor that you can do with the EpicSki editor. It can save a lot of the aggravation of premature posting, losing your work when it vanishes into the ether (used to happen a lot, but the EpicSki editor is much more stable now), and such. And you can edit and delete to your heart's content before posting. A good idea, I say, as I type directly into the EpicSki editor, knowing better....

Best regards,
Bob
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post
I've long advocated editing privileges that would expire after a reply, but I'm not sure that that functionality is available.
You do have options, though. Although we cannot delete a post, we can edit it for a period of time--meaning that you could delete its contents if you needed to.

I suppose a possible solution would be to allow deletion under the same circumstances that edits are allowed.  But, as you and Posaune suggest, just editing and deleting the contents is a pretty good alternative and no extra work for the webmasters.

post #5 of 10

If you want to delete a post, simply send a note to one of the staff members, and we can take care of it for you. 

 

One side note however, we tend to not delete anything that will impact the content of a thread.  For instance, if you posted and there are people who are responding to your post, then it doesn't make sense to delete and disrupt the flow of conversation. 

post #6 of 10
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
What she said!

Best regards,
Bob
post #7 of 10

I think it is set up for either 90 min or 2 hours for post editing, that amount of time will should be sufficient for editing and in some cases sobering up.  wink.gif

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I think it is set up for either 90 min or 2 hours for post editing, that amount of time will should be sufficient for editing and in some cases sobering up.  wink.gif

 

Actually, I was thinking it's now allowed infinitely so I tried an experiment on a five year old post.  I was able to edit it.  Maybe I'm just special...

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post

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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

I think it is set up for either 90 min or 2 hours for post editing, that amount of time will should be sufficient for editing and in some cases sobering up.  wink.gif

 

Actually, I was thinking it's now allowed infinitely so I tried an experiment on a five year old post.  I was able to edit it.  Maybe I'm just special...

 

Supporters, Insiders, Mods, etc. have unlimited editing as far as I know. Supporters may have a set time limit I don't remember, but Insider's permission levels like yours probably grants you unlimited editing.

post #10 of 10

Ha! I knew I was special. cool.gif

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