HOW TO: Delete one of my posts

(Richard Morris) #1

We all make mistakes. Sometimes we post something and regret the entire post. Should this be the case, here is how you can go about deleting a post which you have made:

  1. Locate the post in question.
  2. Find the tool bar on the bottom of the post
  3. Click on the ellipses icon to expand the toolbar
  4. Click on the wastebin:
  5. As the text indicates, the post will be deleted in 24 hours.
  6. The original text stays accessible to other users until the post is actually deleted. If the deletion of the original text is a matter of urgency, then contact a moderator. Moderators can change the display of the edit (a deletion is actually an edit until the post is deleted by the system), so that users cannot see the original post.


Does this work for entire topics created? And what happens to any replies? Quotes?

(Richard Morris) #3

they go with it


I see the wastebin on my post above, but not on a topic I created.

(chris.coote) #5

Is there a way to delete a post accidentally made anonymously?

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(chris.coote) #6

Found my own answer. You must go back into anonymous mode to perform the deletion…

(Richard Morris) #7

Niiice - I did not know that. But now that answer will be around forever to help people who search on Delete + Anonymous


Some of my posts give me the option to edit, but none give me the option to delete?

(Jessica ) #9

All of my posts are like this. Anyone know why? @admins

(Richard Morris) #10

I used one of the secret admin options to log in as you … and went to your above post and had the delete option (it looks like a trash can) but I had to click on the ellipses (…) to open it up.

So you definitely should have access to deleting your own posts.


I have the option on some posts, but not on others. For example, on “The Super-Dooper Real Life Photo Thread” there’s no option showing to delete…

(Richard Morris) #12

yeah - you are right. I guess the ability to delete times out after a few months.

I can delete that one if you want. Just send me a PM

(Jessica ) #13

Is that only on comments or can you delete a topic after creating it?

(Richard Morris) #14

I know we can’t delete a person once they have made more than a specific number of posts - all we can do is suspend them. It has to do with corrupting the flow of conversations when you remove posts in the middle of them. The system requires that we delete each post manually first.

It might be the same for deleting a topic. I know I can delete one but I have elevated permissions. You could try it as an experiment :slight_smile: