Is there some sort of official policy regarding deleting posts? March 30, 2002 9:13 AM   Subscribe

Is there some sort of official policy regarding deleting posts? I didn't even know it was done until mine was deleted yesterday.
posted by zerolucid to MetaFilter-Related at 9:13 AM (5 comments total)

this is from the posting guidlines, and is my guess for why.

Make sure you're linking to something on the web. If you're posting a generalized question to the audience, or posting a comment as a main thread, either find an appropriate mailing list, or use MetaTalk.
posted by rhyax at 10:11 AM on March 30, 2002

It turned out (in the first comment or three) that the hiccup you noted was easily explained by some black-on-black text at the bottom of the first search-result page. No mystery, just sneaky webmasters.
posted by gleuschk at 10:31 AM on March 30, 2002

suggestion: why not shunt uh, "suboptimal" threads to a "crappy thread" area not on the main page, so they don't disappear entirely?

it's just creepy having stuff disappear, and no explanation given (unless you come to MeTa and start another thread about it. Oh, joy).

I'm all for editorial standards. It's just weird to have something on the front page and then yanked off into nothingness. Without explanations, it seems capricious and arbitrary (even though it may not be).

And if things *are* going to disappear, then they certainly shouldn't show up in search results, should they?


posted by beth at 2:23 PM on March 31, 2002

The expressed fear has been that if deleted stuff is merely relocated, that people will begin to post crap with the specific intent of making the crappile.

Personally, I say let them. I think the argument against raw deletion is sufficient to warrant this, and I would love to see the pancake/haiku goofs remove themselves to a segregated ghetto. The only catch is that it makes more work for Matt, which at this point in time would reasonably disqualify the idea, I think.
posted by rushmc at 3:08 PM on March 31, 2002

gleuschk: oh, i see. thanks.
posted by zerolucid at 12:33 AM on April 1, 2002

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