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Topics disappear if you delete a user

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2002 11:06 am
by Faejon
Is anyone else seen this happen?

If a user has replied to a topic and then you delete that user the topics disappear from the view forum page.

Can anyone else verify this?

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2002 12:08 pm
by Eelke
In phpBB 1.x you used to have the choice of hard delete and soft delete. This did have to do with this problem.

I suppose in phpBB 2 the equivalent to soft deleting is disabling the user. I don't think it is that illogical to remove (or not display) all posts by a user if you completely remove that user. As far as the board is concerned, that user does not exist, so who wrote the post? Alternative would be to introduce a pseudo-user "Deleted User", or something, but how much use would that be?

All I'm trying to say is, I don't think this is a bug, it's just designed this way. If you want to retain the posts by a user, disable their account, not completely remove it.

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2002 12:42 pm
by Faejon
Eelke wrote: All I'm trying to say is, I don't think this is a bug, it's just designed this way. If you want to retain the posts by a user, disable their account, not completely remove it.


Eelke I think you are missing my point. I don't want to retain the posts by a deleted user. Say there is an ongoing topic that several users have posted replies to. If I delete one of the users that have posted a reply then the entire topic disappears from the forum view.

It's not just the reply the deleted user has posted by the whole topic. I do not think this was intentional. I would hope that just posts made by the deleted user are removed. Not ever topic he has ever posted in.

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2002 2:49 pm
by Eelke
Ah, OK, sorry about that. Then I suppose you have a bug on your hands and you should dive into the bug tracker at sourceforge.