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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 17th Jul 17, 3:43 PM
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    zippychick
    Disappearing Threads and the like
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    • 17th Jul 17, 3:43 PM
    Disappearing Threads and the like 17th Jul 17 at 3:43 PM
    Hi All

    I wanted to post this as a new thread to ensure everyone was kept informed. A couple of very popular threads have been auto deleted by the system, and this has caused much frustration (understandably)

    Having spoken to Andrea & the Forum team, it has been confirmed the team are investigating and reviewing the system (when it deletes threads like this). The team appreciate being made aware of instances like this so thank you all.

    Some updates as provided by Andrea (who may comment as well)

    * I am able to provide missing data or information from the missing threads, if someone can help me with keywords to find them. I have posted the most up to date weight list that I know of on the new weightloss thread.

    * Sadly, myself or the Forum team aren't able to reinstate threads auto deleted in this way. The forum team have confirmed it's for legal reasons as we would be deemed as "publishing" the information, and would be liable for the content on the threads. I'm unable to comment on or discuss the teams stance on this. I first checked they were happy with the way I have explained this

    * It may be a good idea for you between you to monitor large threads and consider starting a new one if a thread is getting quite large. This would ensure we are retaining as much information as possible, as we can link to the old ones. If anyone needs help with hyper links this old thread from Squeaky explains it fantastically

    I really appreciate everyones understanding on this.

    I'll leave this open for a short while and will close later on.

    Zip
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    This means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and can move and merge posts there. However, do remember that Board Guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts. Any views are mine and are not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
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    • TiredTrophy
    • By TiredTrophy 19th Jul 17, 7:51 AM
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    TiredTrophy
    The position of the spam button should be moved further in to prevent accidentally hitting it. Even though I have a large tablet, it is easily done when picking up a device and more so if its small or one is clumsy.I 3xpand the screen to lose the side bar to increase the print size; this puts the spam button under my right thumb! The least disruptive way might be to push the whole button array to the centre of the message area but leave them in the same order.
    I also am having to constantly sign in. Is there an attack on the site?

    I really appreciate the forum amd the work that must go into keeping it going. Thank you.
    Last edited by TiredTrophy; 19-07-2017 at 7:59 AM. Reason: More info
    • honeythewitch
    • By honeythewitch 19th Jul 17, 12:46 PM
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    honeythewitch
    Hi everyone!

    Firstly a huge thanks to zippychick for flagging the disappearing threads up to us

    Secondly, don't worry, there isn't a technical reason for these long running threads being removed.

    Simply put, the "spam button" was clicked on them enough times that they were automatically deleted.

    In the two instances we're aware of we believe this was just down to forum members accidentally clicking the button. These things do happen sadly.

    As zippychick explained, we very sadly can't reinstate the threads but it's best to look on the bright side - often a shiny brand new thread can give us a fresh start and help our motivation.

    Thanks for your patience with this everyone, it really is appreciated.

    Andrea
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea

    How do you accidentally press the correct buttons repeatedly and not notice the huge square on the screen warning you?
    Last edited by honeythewitch; 19-07-2017 at 12:48 PM.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 19th Jul 17, 3:30 PM
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    Slinky
    How do you accidentally press the correct buttons repeatedly and not notice the huge square on the screen warning you?
    Originally posted by honeythewitch
    No idea, but I've only noticed today it's possible to mark your own postings as Spam!
    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 20th Jul 17, 1:10 PM
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    zippychick
    thanks to those who have started new thread

    Also i've had some very kind thankful comments in threads and a lovely PM of thanks, you're all too cute!

    Zip
    I'm a Board Guide of Old Style MoneySaving, The Northern Ireland board,How Much Have you Saved? and Martin's Blogs.
    This means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and can move and merge posts there. However, do remember that Board Guides don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts. Any views are mine and are not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
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    • cafelady
    • By cafelady 22nd Jul 17, 9:09 AM
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    cafelady
    I actually think it's good practice to restart long running threads, say yearly. I think long running threads with hundreds and hundreds of pages can put off new people from joining in. There's so much to read through and they can seem a bit overwhelming to newcomers.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 22nd Jul 17, 7:58 PM
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    I actually think it's good practice to restart long running threads, say yearly. I think long running threads with hundreds and hundreds of pages can put off new people from joining in. There's so much to read through and they can seem a bit overwhelming to newcomers.
    Originally posted by cafelady
    That's good point though some threads get huge quite quickly so a year would be too long. On another forum I belong to threads need to be "capped" at 2000 posts and a new one started.
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