Deleting PMs from a single user

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Deleting PMs from a single user

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I'm wondering if there is a simple way to remove all private messages, (most ideally, all of those that are not yet opened, but have been sent), from a single, specific user.

I'd like to retain the topic posts from the user, but I'd like to remove all unopened PMs sent by that user.

In the ACP, there is a setting under Users & Groups / Users Permissions / "No Private Messages". Will this setting handle messages that have been sent but have not yet been opened?





Thank you, in advance.

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Re: Deleting PMs from a single user

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I am pretty sure when you delete a user, it deletes their PMs, including the sent ones.

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Re: Deleting PMs from a single user

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Thank you!

My problem is, that I'd like to retain the forum posts, and delete the PMs, (most importantly, the ones which the user sent, but have yet not been opened).

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Re: Deleting PMs from a single user

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When you delete a user, you are given the option of deleting or retaining their posts.

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Re: Deleting PMs from a single user

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Brf wrote:When you delete a user, you are given the option of deleting or retaining their posts.
Will deleting the user, but retaining the posts, ensure that the PM's are removed?

Ideally, I'd like to just delete PMs sent by the user, not delete their account, and maintain their forum posts.

If that's not possible, I'd like to delete the user, maintain the topic posts, but delete their sent PMs (again, ideally, the ones which have not yet been opened).

There seems to be some question in general about this functionality:

Cf. Topic: "Will deleting a user also delete his PMs?" (phpbb.com)

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Re: Deleting PMs from a single user

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Reference for future trouble-shooters of this issue:

I could technically strong-arm what I need to do, by changing the disabled user's password, logging into their account, deleting PMs in the Outbox, and leaving the account generally disabled.

I just wonder if there is a less invasive, less manual way to do it.

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