Archive private messages


Sorry if this is a naive question, but I haven’t found anything related to it.

I used to have some way to manage (archive, delete, …) my private threads, but under discourse 2.8.0 I can’t see a way to e.g. send a thread to my personal Archive area (which I use to «archive» old and dead threads that I don’t wish to lose).

How can I currently do that?

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Are you using a mobile? The archive button should be at the bottom of each pm topic, but I’ve just had to swop to Desktop View for it to show up on my phone (android/chrome)

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No, I’m using Firefox on a Desktop.

That’s it, thanks! :slight_smile:

Now, is there a way to delete an entire private thread/topic?

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A staff member (admin/moderator) has the delete topic function in the topic admin wrench, though the topic wouldn’t actually be permanently deleted, just hidden from public view. If you’re not an admin/moderator, you could flag the topic and request this kind of deletion?

There is a ‘permanently delete’ option in a site setting, but this has to be enabled from the command line (or by request to the hosting provider, depending on the set up), so isn’t necessarily available to every forum:

You can also delete records from the rails console, but this would also need server access.

So, I suppose the answer is: ‘yes, but it depends on your level of access’ :slightly_smiling_face:

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Well, then the answer is actually «no», from the end user point of view… Although I was referring exclusively to private threads/topics.

Anyway, thanks a lot! :+1:


@nuir you marked your own post as the solution


You’re right! Sorry! :sweat:

It’s corrected now, I think…


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