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Re: Handling Nodes Worthy of Deletion which contain replies

by turnstep (Parson)
on Jan 20, 2001 at 01:52 UTC ( #53111=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Handling Nodes Worthy of Deletion which contain replies

I vote for simply deleting the whole thread. Seeing replies without the original post is going to be confusing. Yes, there may have been some good replies, but on the whole, bad nodes are not going to get good replies. Most of the really "bad" ones are either personal attacks or just someone fooling around (like cutting and pasting code from other nodes, or posting purposefully bad code). Maybe an exception could be made for replies that actually have really, really good content, but as a rule I would say to delete them.

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Re: Re: Handling Nodes Worthy of Deletion which contain replies
by ColonelPanic (Friar) on Jan 20, 2001 at 08:52 UTC
    I agree. I have a hard time believing that a node could at the same time be worthy of deletion and also elicit replies with high quality information that hasn't been covered just as well elsewhere. If the replies are that good, maybe the node really doesn't need to go. And some of the above solutions, while they may be useful, seem like a lot of work to go through for something of dubious value.

    When's the last time you used duct tape on a duct? --Larry Wall

      You don't have to believe, just open your eyes and you can see it happen. I've seen plenty. I think the cases furtherest on that end are nodes that the author eventually finds "embarrassing" (or just gets sick of being voted down on) and demands that the node be deleted.

      I'm not convinced that such nodes should be deleted (neither am I convinced that they never should be), but I've seen it happen many times. And I think a sensible deletion policy makes more sense than, for example, having the author replace the contents of the node with something completely different (or they just make it blank).

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")

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