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# 249451 11-May-2019 15:11
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When does a thread get deleted instead of just locked? Is there a policy for this? Maybe I just have bad taste, but it seems that threads I follow often suddenly disappear. This is very unsatisfying since I can never know what went before unless I just happened to be reading the threat at the right moment. I am left having to guess that someone must have said something really bad, which of course just makes me wonder what it was! 

 

 

 

 





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  # 2235000 11-May-2019 15:13
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A thread will be removed if the OP asks for it - any reason is acceptable, being the OP.

 

A thread will be removed if it's spam - obviously - or if it breaches the FUG.

 

That's pretty much it. No different than removing replies.







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  # 2235002 11-May-2019 15:15
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OK, thanks for the clarification.

 

 





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  # 2235054 11-May-2019 16:47
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I am always fascinated when someone gets disappeared from the site, especially when they were long standing members. Suddenly they become 'Inactive User' with no background as to how it all went off the rails. Should have a grave yard where you click on the tomb stone to read their last thread.

 

 

 

 








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  # 2235059 11-May-2019 16:53
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Like the thread asking about recording audio on security cameras :D

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  # 2235067 11-May-2019 17:08
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MadEngineer: Like the thread asking about recording audio on security cameras :D

The OP, for whatever reason, disagreed with the replies that mainly said those recordings would be a breach of privacy, and asked to have the topic removed and the account deactivated.

As I said many times... So much happens on a daily basis...




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  # 2235072 11-May-2019 17:15
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The person who started a thread can delete it. I sometimes do that when I feel that the people on the thread have become too aggressive.


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  # 2235195 11-May-2019 23:52
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gbwelly:

I am always fascinated when someone gets disappeared from the site, especially when they were long standing members. Suddenly they become 'Inactive User' with no background as to how it all went off the rails. Should have a grave yard where you click on the tomb stone to read their last thread.


 


 



This would be an excellent sticky thread for the VIP forum. I have often wondered myself why various long standing users were banned. Especially as I dont bother to closely follow the gun control thread and other threads that are related to what happened in Christchurch.

And being in the VIP forum, will stop the (now banned) user from being able to look at any possible discussion about them. And if they subscribe under a different username just to see if anything has been said about them. Extra income for GZ.





 
 
 
 


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  # 2235197 11-May-2019 23:58
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I think being specific about individuals would be pretty close to breaking the Privacy act...

 

What I can say is that some of the people banned outside of the Politics sub-forum usually are spammers (sometimes you might not even see their topics in the frontpage but might see the link in the RSS feed). A minority have their account deactivated on request.

 

As for the Politics sub-forum, we follow quite a few and some have shown "interesting views" - and while the signals were there, we wouldn't ban anyone until a FUG breach happened - most were banned for trolling, outright name calling or worst and they were being watched very closely.





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  # 2235201 12-May-2019 00:39
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I sometimes worry that I might say something that might be a FUG breach. Or that might be mis interpreted as a FUG breach. Especially as there is no feature (that I know about), to get pre approval from a moderator for a post before it gets shown to other users.

As I sometimes post stuff that other users find controversial, in environmental and government related threads. And any thread that is to do about changes in society is always going to be controversial.

I just hope that I would get a “please explain” rather than a straight out ban should I happen to go over the line.





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  # 2235245 12-May-2019 08:42
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Aredwood: I just hope that I would get a “please explain” rather than a straight out ban should I happen to go over the line.


IF that ever happens suggested respawn names so we know the plumbing geek is back could be Atotara, Arimu or Akauri 😉

I think when someone asks a question they should be able to get the thread locked but the answers even if they don't like them may help somebody else with the same problem.

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  # 2235250 12-May-2019 08:59
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It's often interesting when there's someone new, or relatively new, on here and you can sense that they may be riding for a fall. Then you come back to see what their latest post says - and you're not really surprised to find that they have been ban hammered.


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  # 2235282 12-May-2019 11:03
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It would have been a hilarious joke to delete this thread without responding :D



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  # 2235303 12-May-2019 13:18
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I just hope that I would get a “please explain” rather than a straight out ban should I happen to go over the line.

 

Not all bans are permanent. The moderators are usually pretty reasonable.

 

 





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  # 2235342 12-May-2019 13:29
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Aredwood: I sometimes worry that I might say something that might be a FUG breach. Or that might be mis interpreted as a FUG breach. Especially as there is no feature (that I know about), to get pre approval from a moderator for a post before it gets shown to other users.

As I sometimes post stuff that other users find controversial, in environmental and government related threads. And any thread that is to do about changes in society is always going to be controversial.

I just hope that I would get a “please explain” rather than a straight out ban should I happen to go over the line.
which is a shame that you might be holding back on your own opinions when they could be beneficial to both sides of any arguments.

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