Toaster multiple posts June 7, 2001 12:53 PM   Subscribe

Would anybody care for some toast? I just posted a remark to a thread about the weather toaster, saying that I thought two other posts on said toaster had already been deleted this week. And now that thread has been deleted as well. I got over the toaster thing when it was first discussed on MeFi before, and apparently so did others. I can understand wanting to get rid of redundant posts, but if we delete them, some people aren't going to realize that the subject has already been discussed.
posted by harmful to MetaFilter-Related at 12:53 PM (4 comments total)

not to make more work for matt, but....

is there a technological solution to this? is it possible to write a script so that when matt checks a box (or whatever) on his delete screen, the post will be transferred to a "deleted posts" page? then any site search will let people know that it's been posted - and deleted - before.

posted by rebeccablood at 1:09 PM on June 7, 2001

That's a good idea rcb, my deletes have actually been real deletes from the database, instead of setting a variable like "trash" to something like that. I could rewrite that so this is possible, yeah.

Then, if people really do another triple post of something we can start with a good soap-bars-in-towels beating.

This is why I built MetaTalk btw, to share concerns and let people come up with ideas for better technical solutions to the site's problems. Thanks harmful and rcb.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 1:13 PM on June 7, 2001

Other board systems put a "closed" icon in front of the topic and leave it on the index page, without allowing further comment. This allows moderators to make examples of bad threads when people start going too far.
posted by SpecialK at 6:27 PM on June 7, 2001

I like the trashcan idea. No need to clutter the front page with closed threads. Just make sure that trashcanned posts pop up on searches and that they do so in a visually differentiated way (color, icon, whatever), so that people know that it's trashcanned. I would hate to start clicking through my search results only to find that I wasted a click on a 1-post thread...
posted by fooljay at 11:45 AM on June 8, 2001

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