Part 1 - Allow TL4 to merge posts.
I’m a TL4 here on meta.discourse.org and I’d love the ability to merge posts. It is quite common to have a user post multiple times in quick succession, when an edit of their first topic would do the job oh so much cleaner. A nice little merge makes a whole lot of tidy, keeping neat freaks like me happy.
Merging posts via the spanner menus is only currently possible for admin, mod, & category mod. Merging posts can’t be done manually by TL4s either due to the inability to delete a post.
It isn’t really feasible to promote those like me to mod, nor is it desirable to have my ilk as a series of category mods (think of the mess on the /about page!).
Merging isn’t (very) destructive, and all the text is retained (also in the edit history). It would seem a nice thing to grant to TL4s.
Part 2 - Reversible Merge
Now as a mod / admin on other forums, I’ve sometimes merged a few posts and then regretted it.
Unfortunately, while possible to unpick (at least partially), it is not pretty. One must move off the posts below, add in a new post, drop in the text, change the owner, and then fiddle with the dates. And still the likes / replies are a bit messed up.
It would be brilliant to be able to ‘Unmerge’. It would also be good for those TL4s above!