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Deleting your own post...........

jrvedivici Jul 18, 2013 05:55 AM

I did a quick search and I didn't see anyone ask this specific question regarding deleting something you have posted. I just made a comment/joke in a thread and after I posted it, I realized it could be considered insensitive to some people, so I decided to go back and delete or remove the post. I then realized there is no "delete" or "remove" button or option? Why?

I edited the post to read {{Self Deleted Post}} but I was just wondering why not just have a delete post option for people who have posters regret after posting something?

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  1. Veggo Jul 18, 2013 06:14 AM

    After posting, you have a generous 2 hours of edit time to get your regrets in order. If you sober up some morning and discover you posted something asinine or offensive the night before while under the influence, you can report your own post and ask that it be removed. Mods are less inclined to remove a post that has been replied to, because it interrupts the flow and leaves other posts hanging in the wind. You can't delete a post, so think twice before you type once.

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    1. re: Veggo
      Beach Chick Jul 18, 2013 06:49 AM

      LOL..done this a couple of times..

      1. re: Veggo
        jrvedivici Jul 18, 2013 07:41 AM

        Yes I understand the editing process just seems silly that the person who posts can't simply delete their own comment. Makes more work for the mods keeping track of moronic comments from dolts like me!

      2. The Chowhound Team Jul 18, 2013 07:42 AM

        We don't have a delete button, because deleting posts out of the middle of a discussion can damage that conversation and leave other people's posts making no sense.

        If you're in the edit window, you can do what you did and remove the text, though we'd ask you not to do that if your post has direct replies. Then, Flag the post for our attention, and we'll remove the empty post.

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team
          kaleokahu Jul 18, 2013 09:44 AM

          Hi, Team: "[D]eleting posts out of the middle of a discussion can damage that conversation and leave other people's posts making no sense."

          Yes, and that's exactly what happens with overmoderation, too.


          1. re: kaleokahu
            The Chowhound Team Jul 18, 2013 11:04 AM

            We try not to leave replies that won't make sense out of context behind when we moderate, but sometimes timing issues mean that they happen.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team
              jrvedivici Jul 18, 2013 02:09 PM


              Oh excuse me I sneezed while typing this! See I wish I could delete this since it was a mistake!

              (See what I just did there!?!)

              1. re: jrvedivici
                Beach Chick Jul 18, 2013 02:51 PM

                You have 2 hours to edit your post with the pen/
                pencil icon..next to the flag and then hit 'save'.

                1. re: jrvedivici
                  Servorg Jul 18, 2013 04:22 PM

                  I just figured you were channeling your inner Snoop Dogg - Foshizzle!!!

                2. re: The Chowhound Team
                  kaleokahu Jul 19, 2013 05:54 PM

                  Hi, Team:

                  Well, timing aside, pruning for rules violations, and then cutting *further* to preserve context oftentimes makes matters worse. Many posts make more than one point (and to more than one other poster).

                  Have you considered just deleting the moderated post and leaving something behind that says "Post Removed by Moderators"?


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