Deletion of own topic


(Daniel M ) #1

I know that there is the option to withdraw one’s own post; why can’t that extend to topics (esp. those with no replies)?


(Sam Saffron) #2

You can flag it, the reasoning is that creating / deleting topics is really loud, it seems way to rare to expose this abuse vector.


(Daniel M ) #3

What if it was only for topics

  • <5 or 10 minutes old
    And
  • No replies from non-creator

(Sam Saffron) #4

why? this is such an edge case, thousands of instances and nobody asked for this


(Daniel M ) #5

I guess that makes sense
Maybe I can add it to my bot (created so people can wikify their own post).
Hurray for exposed api functions :confetti_ball:


(Jeff Atwood) #6

Even limiting topic self delete to 5 minute window with no replies, it would still be a great griefing vector. Leave a new topic titled

YOU ARE ALL IDI0TS!!

up for 3 minutes… then delete. No trace of it at all.


(Sam Saffron) #7


(Daniel M ) #8

Wouldn’t mods still be able to see the withdrawn topics and ban the user?
What is the rate limiting on creating topics?
Also I don’t think that a spammer would gain anything from deleting their posts. I doubt that 2Pac would have deleted the questions in the above example.
The biggest case I see against it is the effort/usefulness ratio, which I guess is pretty low.


(Sam Saffron) #9

The reality is that this simply does not happen, users very rarely need to delete topics they create and in those rare occasions they can flag moderators.