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Apr 13, 2011 02:03 PM

Deleting/editing one's own messages

When we first post a message on Chowhound, we can edit it. Afterwards, though (unlike many other sites), we are unable to delete our own messages.

Is there any way to have something deleted if we request it?

(I'll be glad to elaborate on why I'd like find out about this, and I'm also interested in whether anyone else would like to know the same thing.)

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  1. If you would like to have a post of your own removed, you can use the Report function on the post in question and ask us to do so (it's helpful if you explain why you're asking in the comment field). We can't promise to remove a post; if, for instance, there are useful, on-topic replies that would be orphaned or have to be removed if we delete your post, we may decide not to do so, as it would be unfair to those who responded.

    6 Replies
    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      Thanks. I really appreciate this.

      Now if only we could develop a program to ignore posts from particular handles, there's be a lot more harmony. :-)

      1. re: Elisa515

        that's the "live and learn" function on your keyboard. ;-).

        1. re: alkapal

          right beside the "I told you so tab key."

      2. re: The Chowhound Team

        Hi Moderators,

        I was not able to edit my recent post that you ended up deleting for me. I clicked on the edit button, deleted the text I wanted to get rid of and then clicked "save" but the post remained on the thread. Was I doing something wrong or is there a problem with the edit function.

        1. re: EM23

          Posts can't be edited down to nothing, so if you completely blanked it out, it would have just returned to what it was before. If it's within the two hour edit window, you can change the text to 'deleted' or an X and then flag it for the moderators and we'll remove post.

          Past the two hour window, you can flag it for us, but whether we'll be able to remove it will depend on whether it has replies. It's not something we automatically do on request.

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            That explains it - I did completely blank it out.
            Thanks for your reply.

      3. I don't know if there is a bigger thread on Chowhounds "editing" but I saw this one in my search so I will post here. How long can you still edit a post after you post it? Why doesn't CH let people edit their posts? If I post a thread and find out more information why can't I got back and add that additional information in the first thread to make it easier for everyone to find it?

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        1. re: ylsf

          You can edit for 2 hours after posting. If after that you find more information, add another post.

          1. re: Veggo

            you can add the info to the thread by replying to your first post.

          2. re: ylsf

            The reason we don't allow editing of posts outside a short window is because Chowhound is a conversation, and changing a post can change the replies in unintended ways.

            Imagine a scenario in which someone says "I love Restaurant X! It's fantastic!" and someone else replies "I totally agree!" But then the first person has a bad experience and goes back and edits their post to read "I used to love Restaurant X, but I think it's gone downhill." The reply still reads "I totally agree!" but now that second person is agreeing to something they may not actually agree with -- or may have never even seen.

            If you've got additional information or a changed opinion, it's best to reply and update it, that way everyone can see that the information has changed and nothing gets confused.