I thought that the software was capable of this the last time I was an active participant, but I don't see a delete button anywhere. Not on any question, not on any answer, and not on any comment that I've posted.
What gives? Nothing ever gets permanently deleted on these Q&A sites (if the software is written correctly), and there should be some safeties for upvoted posts, so if someone deletes something that they wrote, but it really shouldn't have been deleted, a moderator can always restore it.
Having deleting capability lets people change their mind about things they probably shouldn't have posted anyway, and allows them to clean up after themselves, instead of having to involve a moderator to do it. That's a good thing.
Simple - Simon's House & New House Rules..
Change is the Only Constant
IQ did not stand still while you were gone ~ rules changed.
Have you checked out How to use IQ (FAQ) since you returned? A few changes have been made.
Scroll down & read this
"How do I delete something I have posted? How do I delete my account?
You have 60 minutes after posting a question, answer or comment to change your mind and delete it.
After that time, it becomes a permanent part of the site and cannot be deleted.
Your questions and answers may continue to be edited by you as often as you wish even after that time has elapsed, but all revisions you make are tracked and viewable by others. By participating here, you are agreeing unconditionally to this. Remember that Inward Quest is not a discussion forum but a growing body of knowledge which others add to as time goes on. Deleting information later will create "holes" in that body of knowledge so it is not permitted.
You can never delete a question (even within 60 minutes) if it has answers attached to it. This is because deleting the question would also delete those answers from other people.
Please remember that everything that is posted to the site, even if deleted within an hour, is stored in our database and can always be viewed by the site moderators later even if it is not viewable publicly. So never post anything to the site that you do not wish others to see. The moderators will take action if they notice the delete function being abused e.g. for private chatting, or intimidating other members.
Deleting accounts is not permitted for the same reason that deleting postings is not permitted. If you no longer wish to participate in Inward Quest, just stop using your account.
I absolutely agree with you.... It would be really nice if we could extend the time limit to delete.
Earlier this year, Simon announced the changes he made to IQ. I can't locate the thread. To best of my recollection, my understanding is a few users were abusing the delete function. Many answers were being deleted from the site. As for comments - hard to follow the convo if half the comments have been deleted..
If you cannot delete a Question on Meta, Simon told me to use the close question option. You can read this for yourself here.
Hope this helped..
Here's the link which explains it better than I can.
All your answers could be found easily if you took the time to look. Have you read any of the Meta questions posted in the last 3 months?
"if written correctly sounds rather insulting, don't you think" Simon has mentioned more than once what his software is capable of & I believe he's said he's written some of the programs himself.
From my experience at IQ, I would have to say the software is written correctly. I accidentally deleted posts (plural) before. I asked the moderators if they could be restored & they were. No problem. My profile was also restored after being deleted.
Backup seems to be working A - OK.
ETA (to reply to Vesuvius comment)
Sorry, I'm not techy at all & I do not speak computer lingo either; but I will try to clarify.
Yes, the software is OSQA; not sure if OSQA is the only software used on the site or not.
By 'his software' . . . I meant the software used on his site. Simon is the owner, correct? I realize the OSAQ software was written by someone other than Simon.
Simon does 'tweak' the programs, correct? Perhaps I dreamed this; but I'm pretty sure Simon mentioned writing a program or application himself. Which one, I do NOT know. For some reason the phrase "I should know, I wrote it" sticks in my mind & again, I could be mistaken. Sometimes I have vivid dreams.
I just find it odd how everyone keeps telling him what is wrong with his site &/or how to fix it especially since he explained why issues on Meta were happening & why it wasn't a priority. I provided you with a link where Simon clearly explains it.
Simon seems quite computer savvy to me. Your posts seem rather condescending to me. Perhaps its just your manner or perhaps it's just me & I apologize if I'm reading something into your posts which you did not intend or mean to imply....
Speaking of "tweaks" -- so glad to see that annoying feature of showing who voted for who is gone when you click on Karma. Votes should be private. It appears they do read deleted posts & it was fixed just like that. Cool - thanks - saved you from reading another annoying question from me.