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Re^3: The ability to delete

by GrandFather (Saint)
on Oct 26, 2005 at 01:53 UTC ( #502923=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: The ability to delete
in thread The ability to delete

I sometimes simply abandon a reply in mid-edit - pretty much a self reap before posting. Using the preview button and actually reading what you have written often aids in such a decision.

The most common source of duplicate posts I've noticed is when a node is posted by Anonymous Monk, then is duplicated by a registered monk. Perhaps a solution to that is to provide a way of changing ownership of the original node so it doesn't need to be duplicated? I guess this could lead to problems with people trying to claim nodes they didn't author so it's not clear that this solution would be better than the (relatively minor) current problem.

Perl is Huffman encoded by design.

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Re^4: The ability to delete
by phydeauxarff (Priest) on Oct 26, 2005 at 18:03 UTC
    it is trivial to change the owner of a node from anonymonk to a registered user - provided you have appropriate permissions to edit the node.

    I suspect the most elegant implementation of what you suggest would be to empower the janitors to do this and anyone could request that a node owner be changed from anonymonk by /msg'ing them

    I am not sure how to overcome the obvious issues of verifying the authenticity of the claim of ownership of a node and/or the issue of someone eventually trying to abuse this process for such things as reputation gain.

    Absent a solution for those probs - I doubt anything like this would ever see the light of day.

      There are two things that would ameliorate the effects of bogus claims:

      • The simplest implementation of ownership transference wouldn't carry across any XP appropriate to the node's rep - no immediate XP advantage
      • A time limit (say, half an hour) from time of posting could be imposed after which a petition for ownership change is much less likely to be granted.

      These don't eliminate the possibility for abuse, but do reduce the attractiveness and likelyhood while allowing the vast majority of valid claims to be processed.

      Perl is Huffman encoded by design.

      I'd rather it be automated, simply requiring that a request come from a logged-in user, from the same IP address used to create the node, and within say 2 hours of the creation time.

      But I don't consider it an important problem to solve. If you didn't notice that

      You are not logged in

      then you deserve a little loss. (:

      - tye        

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