moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
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Arnold Winkelried
17:29:50 Sun
Mar 3 2002
moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Yes, me again. :eek:

I am trying to accomplish something like this at our message board ( http://bb.bbboy.net/straightdope ).


  1. A moderator's name should only appear under selected forum titles.
  2. A moderator should be allowed to delete threads; delete posts; edit posts; in any forum.
  3. It should be easy to find a moderator's e-mail address when the member list is disabled (without, say, having to find a post by that moderator and click on their username above that post.)
  4. Users should not be allowed to delete their own posts (to prevent situations like UserA: "UserB is a nincompoop." UserB: "You jerk, UserA! How dare you?" UserA (after deleting original post): "What's your problem UserB? I never said anything to you").


I don't imagine my whole wish list is possible. Thank you for your time and efforts so far, and the quick software patches we have seen since joining your site.

:loveya:

BbBoy
20:37:40 Sun
Mar 3 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
A) Click on "Edit Forums" in your admin centre, and choose "Edit Settings" from the pull-down menu next to the forum you want to remove their name from (I'm assuming they're already modded on all forums here). Just remove their name from the "Mod Display String" box. It doesn't affect their mod powers, just how they're displayed.

B) "Edit Users" in your admin centre, put a check in the boxes of people to giv mod positions; Choose "Assign Mods", and then check all of the forums, and the powers that you wish to give them :smile:

C) Good idea, I like ulletin's way of doing this. Have to put that on the to-do list. :smile: But for now, you could just click "Edit Template" in your admin centre, and add their e-mails in the header or footer. Then everybody can see them. :smile: Or add them to your "Welcome Page" and link to that from your template.

D) Good thought - in fact, it's really an easy addition, so I'll add it now. Give me 10 mintues, then look for "Disable User Delete" in the board settings... :smile:

Arnold Winkelried
23:30:26 Sun
Mar 3 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Thank you for the quick patches! You guys are the best.

I'm confused though in re moderator powers vs. names appearing in "Mod Display String".


  1. I went to give each moderator the following powers in all of the Straight Dope fora:
    Delete Threads/Posts
    Move Threads/Posts
    Pin/Unpin Threads
    Lock/Unlock Threads
    (Un)Read-Protect Threads
    Split Threads
    Merge Threads
    Delete Attachments
    Mark Important
  2. After I did that, when I checkboxed an individual moderator name in the "Edit Users" screen and select "Assign Mods" in the "Select Action..." in the drop-down list box, I see that the moderator has a checkbox next to all of those "powers".
  3. But that moderator's name appears in the "Mod Display String" for every forum! So I go back to "Edit Forums" and only include the relevant moderator name in each forum. Now the front page looks fine.
  4. Then I go back to "Edit Users". checkbox a moderator name, select "Assign Mods" in the "Select Action..." in the drop-down list box, and now the moderator doesn't have a checkmark next to those powers that I saw as checkmarked in Step 2! What am I doing wrong?


BbBoy
23:58:12 Sun
Mar 3 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Ah, looks like on the screen where you actually choose mod powers & forums, it was using the forum display string thingy. Shouldn't have affected any users' actual mod powers, just whether there was a check in the box or not on that screen. :smile: Should show the checks right now, irrelevant of the mod display string.

Arnold Winkelried
00:31:01 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Now I see all the boxes checked on the "Assign Mods" screen and yet the moderator still says "I am unable to delete a post in another forum." I am verifying that they tried this after I gave them the power, and not before, but so far it seems that the privileges I granted the moderator are not taking effect.

BbBoy
08:55:44 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Hm, could you let me know the mod's username, and I'll take a look. :smile:

Cajun Man
10:50:26 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Quote: BbBoy at 08:55:44 Mon Mar 4 2002

Hm, could you let me know the mod's username, and I'll take a look. :smile:



DrMatrix and yours truly.

We can't delete posts in any forum . . . including our own posts.

BbBoy
11:06:37 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Ah, try it now :smile:

Cajun Man
11:25:05 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Quote: BbBoy at 11:06:37 Mon Mar 4 2002

Ah, try it now :smile:




Merci beaucoup, BbBoy!

Cajun Man
19:35:31 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Oy . . . seems that now we can only delete posts/threads from ATMB.

BbBoy
20:51:57 Mon
Mar 4 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
What error do you get when trying to delete from somewhere else?

Cajun Man
01:15:16 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Quote: BbBoy at 20:51:57 Mon Mar 4 2002

What error do you get when trying to delete from somewhere else?

I get:
Quote:

You can't delete this post!!


[Also, I can no longer see the text in the upper (white) section of the quote box, in this forum/thread.]

Pamster
01:30:03 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Hi Cajun Man!

Sorry you're still having trouble. So the post you're trying to delete-it isn't like the first one in a thread is it? I just thought I would ask, but I bet it isn't that simple-have you tried going into the board controls and under Settings-in there do you have disable user delete? I wonder if you do if it isn't making that restriction upon you and the mods as well.

BbBoy will back online later and I am sure he will gladly be able to help nail the problem-but one thing-are you a admin there or a mod or the creator? It might be disabling Editing and Delete functions because of it being in the settings like that to not allow users to edit or delete...I will do a little testing on my own here and see what you post back to me...:biggrin:

Pamster
01:36:56 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
I was just reading in here:
http://bb.bbboy.net/straightdope-viewthread?forum=1&thread=54
and in there are a couple of those Quote boxes and I was able to see the top text part but the one you showed here in this thread I can't see.

Cajun Man
01:50:16 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Hiya, Pamster!

I am but a simple mod. :biggrin:

Yeah . . . I'm confident that BbBoy will have the problem solved, soon. Y'all seem to be pretty good about getting things done, 'round here.
Quote: Pamster at 01:36:56 Tue Mar 5 2002

I was just reading in here:
http://bb.bbboy.net/straightdope-viewthread?forum=1&thread=54
and in there are a couple of those Quote boxes and I was able to see the top text part but the one you showed here in this thread I can't see.
Likewise.

Pamster
01:58:49 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Thank you Cajun Man for your kind words about our service. We surely do try to fix things that aren't working as fast as we can find the problem. :smile:

I will go in now this board control and see what we have set for the Quote Table heading colour since it must be set to white and that is why we aren't seeing it. But you were meaning you weren't seeing that text on SDMB too right? If not my mistake. :wink:

Cajun Man
02:10:16 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Quote: Pamster at 01:58:49 Tue Mar 5 2002

But you were meaning you weren't seeing that text on SDMB too right?




Just here . . . I see the text in the Quote box just fine on the SDMB. :thumb:

Pamster
02:18:58 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Phew! Thank you for the clarification Cajun Man! :smile:

It will be legible in moments. :wink:

Pamster
02:25:14 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
I am going to wait and let BbBoy check it out-it looked fine to me and I think it would be better to have him trouble shoot it in the morning. Strange because like I said the CSS looked fine to me so I definitely want him to check it out.

Thank you for your help on that Cajun Man! :smile:

Cajun Man
02:30:16 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Thank you, Pamster!

BbBoy
08:53:45 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Should be good now. :smile:

Ah, yup I was playing with the CSS in here earlier, I'll fix the quote header :smile:

Cajun Man
09:15:05 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Quote: BbBoy at 08:53:45 Tue Mar 5 2002

Should be good now. :smile:



:thumb:


Thanks, BbBoy!

Arnold Winkelried
15:49:31 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
As of this point (Tuesday 5 March 2002 7:52 PST California USA) my moderators still say they are unable to delete posts in any forum.
Board settings show:
Disable User Edit checkmarked
Disable User Delete checkmarked

Each moderator shows:
Delete Threads/Posts checkmarked
Move Threads/Posts checkmarked
Pin/Unpin Threads checkmarked
Lock/Unlock Threads checkmarked
(Un)Read-Protect Threads checkmarked
Split Threads checkmarked
Merge Threads checkmarked
Delete Attachments checkmarked
Mark Important checkmarked

for every forum.
Thank you for your suggestions/assistance in this matter.

BbBoy
16:00:49 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
OK, I just logged in as "Cajun Man", and went to delete a post in a thread. It brought up the "please confirm" page, as it should... Is it after the actual confirmation page? As all seemed well to me then..

Arnold Winkelried
16:05:03 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Just out of curiosity, in which forum did you try this?

BbBoy
16:15:12 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
"General Questions". And I just tried it again now in "Cafe Society"..

Cajun Man
16:15:55 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
I'm still good to go, but I think some of the other staff members still can't delete posts/threads.

Arnold Winkelried
16:36:24 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
BbBoy thank you for your help. We will poll the other moderators and find out who is having problems.

BbBoy
16:48:03 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Thanks, if you let me know usernames of anyone having problems with it, I'll try it out with their name and see what's wrong :smile:

Arnold Winkelried
20:54:04 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
In an e-mail dated Mon, 4 Mar 2002 20:43 (PST, California, USA) straight dope message board moderator "Czarcasm" says he can delete posts in forum ATMB but is unable to delete posts in other (unspecified) fora at our message board.

BbBoy
21:06:30 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
Hm, ok. I just logged in as him, and got the delete confirmation screen in both "general questions" & "MPSIMS"... Is he getting that far? Or maybe just not seeing the select menus with edit/delete etc? I find that if I'm running low on resources/memory, select menuus can act up a bit, like not showing, or sticking in one place...

Or can he get the confirmation screen, but not actually confirm it? I didn't confirm it as I obviously wouldn't want to delete random posts :smile:

Arnold Winkelried
23:57:11 Tue
Mar 5 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
I will try to get a more exact description of Czarcasm's difficulties.

Arnold Winkelried
16:30:54 Fri
Mar 8 2002
Re: moderators unable to delete posts in a thread?
No one has signalled any more difficulties so I think we can close this support issue. Thanks again.



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