Can remove some messages, some not?



A user in my forum asked me a question and I don’t know the answer, so I’m asking here:

Why can the user remove some of their messages and some not?

The user gave me examples of both, and I checked. It was true. I think the difference was this: The user could remove posts in a locked topic, but not in an open topic.

(Jeff Atwood) #2

They can’t remove topics, only normal replies. So if it is the first post, they can’t.


Both of the posts the user could/could not remove were replies (posts), not original topic posts.

Edit: oh, and there was also different category with slightly different security rules:

category 1: everyone can see, tl0 read/write/reply, user could remove in locked thread
category 2: everyone can see, tl1 read/write/reply, user could not remove in locked thread

(Jeff Atwood) #4

An archived topic prevents all actions. Other than that, and the first post, I can’t think of any reason.

(cpradio) #5

Another thing to check is the post edit time limit, as I believe the user has to be in that window of time for them to be able to delete the post.


This was the solution! I didn’t know that setting existed and affected editing and/or removing posts.

(Jeff Atwood) #7

Oh was this a very old message? Worth mentioning :wink:

The default is 3 months, I believe.


I realised it after @cpradio’s message.

I think default is 60 days.

(Jeff Atwood) #9

Yes, it is post edit time limit which is 86400 or 60 x 24 x 60 … so you’re correct, 60 days.