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Dec 8, 2018 11:37PM
This problem has come up several times before. This was my response on the technical issues thread. I repeat it here, hoping that maybe the technical team has had time to find way to implement these suggestions.
Aug 25, 2018 09:28PM
Suggested option 1: Maybe a phone call or private message to suggest to a person, rather than leaving, that they take a step back from the boards. Maybe a small bunch of posts need to be deleted while they take a break, but the rest of their contributions could be left behind, explaining that their contributions are valuable and other members depend on the information contained in the threads.
Suggested option 2: If they still insist on leaving, could you separate the user account from the created threads? Then deleting someone's account would be just their profile information. Maybe you could delete the user name, but leave behind the posts. The credit could go to "Deleted Member" or something similar, leaving the posts behind. If a person doesn't like their posts, they always have the option of deleting individual posts. Again, a small bunch of posts need to be deleted, but the rest of their contributions could be left behind as Deleted Member.
For example, we lost a lot when B** asked to be deleted. Her "death bag" has been recreated, but many threads were lost. The Amen prayer thread, for example. (From my point of view, it looked like a misunderstanding, and only a small cluster of posts were bad. If those posts were removed, maybe it would have been resolved. There's probably more to the issue that what I saw.)
Suggested option 3: Worst case, deleting an account would delete all their posts, but leave a blank/place holder as a post. Similar when we see "This post deleted by user" but there's still a space there. The thread still exists, with blank posts from the deleted member.
If the deleted user/poster is an original poster in some threads, then the original post will be blank. You could offer one of the active users the opportunity to replace the original poster's post with some other head post describing the thread.
I appreciate the balancing act of handling many thousands of users with many different opinions. I hope my ideas here do not suggest you are not doing a great job or minimizing the job you do. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding how things or users work.
Madelyn / Mominator
Mominator, BRCA2+, STK-11 VUS, wife, mom to 3 children of various special needs, musician, volunteer. My Mom dx DCIS age 62, ILC stage IIIA age 79; Mom just passed 2/28/18. My Grandmother died of ovarian cancer age 48. Friend to Lori M, died 5/25/16.
11/10/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
1/18/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
6/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant