|Syntactic Confectionery Delight|
On deleting node contentsby gmax (Abbot)
|on Aug 24, 2003 at 16:17 UTC||Need Help??|
Trying not to be confrontational, I would like to bring to the Monastery attention the fact that the contents of some nodes were recently removed.
It's very sad to see some replies to such nodes, congratulating the author for a piece of empty space.
Since there is no explanation about the reason for this disappearance, I am not going to speculate. Perhaps the author would take this opportunity and speak up here.
Here are my personal feelings about that.
The bottom line is that the community trusts its members to be responsible ones.
What I was thinking lately, after seeing this sudden disappearance of posts (some of which have a high reputation), is that the Monastery has a mechanism to defend itself against unwanted content, but little to defend itself against the loss of valuable information.
There is thepen mirror site. I don't know if the missing nodes can be replaced by their mirrored copies somehow. Making it automatic and preserving the rights of the vast majority at the same time would require - I believe - too much work.
Perhaps the easiest solution is adding a link to the mirror nodes (both the original and the latest snapshot), just next to the "print w/replies xml" links at the top of the page. Therefore, if a node's contents are missing or heavily modified, one could be just a click away from their recovery.
I would like to hear the Monastery opinion on this issue.
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