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Old 07-04-19, 12:28 PM
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How to delete a thread that I started

Is it possible to delete a thread that I started, perhaps by simply deleting the first post? If so, please help me figure out how to do so; when I go to edit my thread, I do not find an option to delete my post, as I normally would.

I was under the impression that it was possible to delete one's own thread - and indeed, recall a heated discussion a couple of years ago after some posters were unhappy that the OP deleted the entire thread. With that, I started a 'dummy' thread to learn how to post a poll.

This is the thread I would like to delete: Test
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Old 07-04-19, 01:01 PM
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To delete this message, check the appropriate option below and then click the 'Delete this Message' button.Note: deleting this message will result in the deletion of the entire thread because this is the first post in the thread.
Deletion Options

Do Not Delete Message Delete Message Send this user a private message to let them know a reason for the deletion
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Old 07-04-19, 01:05 PM
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It is my understanding and experience that you, as OP can delete the first post in your thread and it will automatically delete the entire thread. I've done it many times. It might be broken though. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-04-19, 01:07 PM
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Still cannot find the delete option. Here is what I'm seeing (there is nothing helpful when I go to the advanced option):

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Old 07-04-19, 01:10 PM
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The contrast case is this, where there is clearly a delete option:

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Old 07-04-19, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
It is my understanding and experience that you, as OP can delete the first post in your thread and it will automatically delete the entire thread.
This was my understanding as well (and I would not have done a dumb test thread had I believed otherwise). Hopefully some mods/admin folk will be able to explain if something has changed.
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Old 07-04-19, 01:25 PM
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I just deleted an old thread I started a while back using that "delete" button that you have circled in red in your post 5.
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Old 07-04-19, 02:23 PM
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It's weird that the 'delete' button is not appearing for the thread I started (as in post #4 .) I tried opening the forum in both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer (as well as the usual Firefox), and still no love.
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Old 07-04-19, 07:09 PM
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Click the Edit button.
Click Delete.

This message will come up in a grey area underneath the message:

To delete this message, check the appropriate option below and then click the 'Delete this Message' button.
Note: deleting this message will result in the deletion of the entire thread because this is the first post in the thread.

Underneath that area Delete Options.

Select Delete Message.

In the bottom right corner of the grey area is a button that says, Delete This Message. Click that and it's gone.



I just created and deleted two threads following these steps.

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Old 07-04-19, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Still cannot find the delete option. Here is what I'm seeing (there is nothing helpful when I go to the advanced option):


Click Edit.
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Old 07-04-19, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Click Edit.
'Edit' has brought me to this page:



This is utterly bizarre; I will try a few other things. I know it IS possible to delete a thread!
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Old 07-04-19, 07:57 PM
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Old 07-04-19, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
'Edit' has brought me to this page:



This is utterly bizarre; I will try a few other things. I know it IS possible to delete a thread!
Scroll down on that page.
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Old 07-04-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Scroll down on that page.
This is what I've got. (I also noticed that you were able to create and delete a thread in LCF just a moment ago!) I strongly suspect that there is some setting on my UI that is acting up.

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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
This is what I've got. (I also noticed that you were able to create and delete a thread in LCF just a moment ago!) I strongly suspect that there is some setting on my UI that is acting up.
I'll give you the standard IT answer then ... have you deleted your cookies, history, etc. recently? If not it might be time to do that, and then reboot.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I'll give you the standard IT answer then ... have you deleted your cookies, history, etc. recently? If not it might be time to do that, and then reboot.
I knew that was coming! I cleared cookies/history/temp files and rebooted, and the result was the same. I also tried using the desktop site on my mobile device. Now this is bothering me because I generally get on well with computers and software.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
i also can't. perhaps the privilege is reserved for Premiums.

That was something else I wondered about.
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Old 07-05-19, 09:05 AM
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This is correct. Only Titanium users can delete their own threads.
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Oops, well that solves that
I had no idea.
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Old 07-05-19, 11:41 AM
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Interesting! Now we know
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Old 07-06-19, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
This is correct. Only Titanium users can delete their own threads.
Only Mods should be able to delete threads.

Why allow for the possibility of other people's sometimes valuable info, to be wiped out of existence for God knows what reason(s).

An OP editing his OP post to a "." should be enough.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Only Mods should be able to delete threads.

Why allow for the possibility of other people's sometimes valuable info, to be wiped out of existence for God knows what reason(s).

An OP editing his OP post to a "." should be enough.
Just yesterday, I posted to @wipekitty's preliminary thread to this one, on the Living Car Free Forum:
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test - attempting to delete.
Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
…I was under the impression that it was possible to delete one's own thread - and indeed, recall a heated discussion a couple of years ago after some posters were unhappy that the OP deleted the entire thread
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
I have previously posted about such a heated discussion on this Living Car Free Forum, maybe the same one:
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
You're right, I did start a thread like that.
You're also right that you could not find it.
I deleted it
. .
Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I contributed to that thread, my thoughts and ideas that I took some time to type out. How dare you delete the thread without permission of those who contributed?

I think this is outrageous. You have no right! How were you able to even do that?
Originally Posted by winston63 View Post
I've got to admit I find it very surprising that a thread starter can delete a thread

To be honest I'm not all that comfortable with the thought that a thread starter can just delete someone's contribution at will…
Follow my first link for further discussion.

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Old 07-06-19, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Just yesterday, I posted to @wipekitty's preliminary thread to this one, on the Living Car Free Forum: Follow my first link for further discussion.
That is precisely the 'heated discussion' to which I was referring.

I honestly have no strong opinions on whether OPs should be allowed to delete their threads. I lean toward yes; but my general attitude is that if I start a thread, I have some kind of obligation to check in on it and keep it on track. Others might think that is a job solely for the mods.
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Old 07-06-19, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Just yesterday, I posted to @wipekitty's preliminary thread to this one, on the Living Car Free Forum:…

Follow my first link for further discussion.
Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
That is precisely the 'heated discussion to which I was referring.

I honestly have my general attitude is that if I start a thread, I have some kind of obligation to check in on it and keep it on track no strong opinions on whether OPs should be allowed to delete their threads. I lean toward yes; but. Others might think that is a job solely for the mods.
Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Anytime you want to clean up your threads ... you can delete them too. You just have to be the thread starter.

Saves the mods time and energy when a thread goes off the rails on the third post. Instead of bothering them, just delete the thread! Quick and easy!
Frankly, I don’t see the reason to be so proprietary about a thread, once it is submitted and opened to a large widely varied audience. If it gets too far off-topic, I have seen other subscribers object, and if the OP is interesting enough, likely a subsequent subscriber we will send it back on track. And maybe the deviation is more interesting than the OP

I think the Moderators provide a generally recognized sensibility beyond an OP’s personal standards.

Besides, any and all posts keep a thread alive (except those that cause it to be closed):
Originally Posted by alan s View Post
You do realize that once this is out of the top 5 threads, no one will read it, and after it drops off the first page, it is ancient history. Good luck keeping it active and getting anything useful out of it.

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