Solved Mystery of the Disappearing Post

Gigabyte / Ga-z77p-d3
September 23, 2013 at 00:42:15
Specs: Windows 8, i7-3770 3.9 GHz / 8153 MB
A post in the networking forum seems to have suddenly disappeared without trace. Subject was something along the lines of "Networking two computers with a cable".

Why the vanishing act?


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#1
September 23, 2013 at 02:55:30
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Admin may have deleted it for some reason.

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#2
September 23, 2013 at 02:58:29
I'd say that it is pretty obvious that that is the case. But, as the post was harmless and contained some useful information about a common problem, I'd be interested to know who deleted it and why.

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#3
September 23, 2013 at 04:01:20
This one ijack?
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#4
September 23, 2013 at 04:07:27
That's the one. It's suddenly disappeared without trace for no apparent reason.

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#5
September 23, 2013 at 05:16:21
Hi,

I had to remove two postings on the Networking forum that had turned into an argument with a fair amount of condescending remarks in them. I believe this is what happened to that posting.

Thanks,
Justin


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#6
September 23, 2013 at 05:23:02
I'm surprised at that, Justin. In the form that the post was when it was deleted it wan't noticeably more bad-tempered or condescending than many other posts on these forums. It's a little disturbing when posts are removed without apparent reason and makes one that little less inclined to answer questions in future.

So it goes.


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#7
September 23, 2013 at 05:57:35
Was it an off-topic post after I said no more off topic posting?

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#8
September 23, 2013 at 07:21:47
I fail to see how an entire thread could be deemed "off topic".

It's rather confusing as you are not listed as a moderator for that forum. Could somebody update the lists, please - it can be useful to know whether someone is posting as a normal user or as a moderator.


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#9
September 23, 2013 at 07:40:06
Any mod can touch any post on CN. We have certain boards we watch, but we're no longer limited to those boards. The easiest way to tell is to look at the icon next to the name. If it's a star, it's a mod.

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#10
September 23, 2013 at 07:44:03
In that case, the list of moderators attached to each forum is confusing. It's especially confusing when two moderators - one listed as a moderator for a forum and one not - appear to contradict each other.

I still don't see why the thread, as you had crafted it, was deemed worthy of deletion.


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#11
September 23, 2013 at 07:52:50
I didn't delete the thread, just some posts in the thread.

EDIT: And if the entire thread was deleted, well, nothing of value was lost.

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#12
September 23, 2013 at 08:07:15
"I didn't delete the thread, just some posts in the thread."

I never suggested that you did, and didn't ask for your input. I was asking who did delete the thread and why. It seems that it was Justin, but I'm not convinced by the reason given.

" And if the entire thread was deleted, well, nothing of value was lost."

I sort of get the idea that that is the nub of it. Some of the moderators here are making their own decisions as to what are good and bad answers and often fail spectacularly. That they are here to ensure good behaviour is fine, but once they start assuming an editorial role we might as well leave them to answer all the questions in the first place. (Not that you said anything of value to the OP in that particular thread.)

Anyway - a request to the powers that be. If all moderators moderate all forums it would be helpful if that was made clear rather than listing specific moderators for specific forums.


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#13
September 23, 2013 at 08:23:40
ijack,

There may have been replies on the posting after you last saw it because the one I removed had a lot of condescending back and forth. Otherwise, we may be talking about different threads.

As for moderators having powers on all forums, that is clearly identified. Look at Razor2.3's icon next to his name on this thread. It has a grey star and says "Moderator" whereas I have a gold one that says "Section Moderator." Before mods had the power on all forum, if they posted on a forum which they weren't the section moderator, it didn't say anything about them being a moderator at all.

Justin


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#14
September 27, 2013 at 03:31:26
So what is the "List of moderators" at the foot of each forum meant to mean? It's misleading and it shouldn't be too difficult to remove it.

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#15
September 27, 2013 at 06:13:26
If you have to get a hold of a mod, that list of people who are most likely to care. If you run to me about something in the Win3.1 forum, I probably won't care as much as T-R-A. Same thing if you want to talk to someone about the Programming forum; I'm much more likely to act than T-R-A.

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#16
September 27, 2013 at 09:47:13
So you're happy to apply editorial decisions in forums that you are not a moderator of, and probably are not an expert on the particular subject, but you don't want to know if anyone has a problem? Fair enough.

It strikes me that either people moderate a forum or they don't. If they don't then they shouldn't mess about with it.


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#17
September 27, 2013 at 09:51:33
You like to assume an awful lot of stuff. Maybe that's why you're so angry? Go out, enjoy life. It's too short to spend it agitated over a website.

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