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New: Delayed Deletes

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

I am sure we have all accidentally clicked delete on a post in your community and then realized you needed it. Luckily we now have Delayed Deletes to easily restore deleted content.

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Settings in AdminCP

You can delete just as you normally do as you moderate and your posts will be removed just like now. The main difference is that you can now view recently deleted content and restore as needed in the Moderator Control Panel.

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Easily view what is pending delete

All you have to do is click the deleted item and you will be taken to that item in context of where it used to be. This makes is much easier to understand why it was deleted and decide if you should restore.

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Restore and view deleted content in context

Delayed Deletes is a feature that could be a life saver for your community and we cannot wait to get it out to you.

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Had this in vBulletin years ago. Nothing ground breaking but a useful feature.

I'm still waiting for some news about improvements like viewing images on mobile devices, lightbox behavior in Gallery (going to next/prev image straight from the lightbox), image upload being more user friendly etc. 

Are those even planned for 4.2?

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The main difference is that you can now view recently deleted content and restore as needed

Can you define "recently deleted"?  Is there a specific time frame?  Can this be set by the admin? 

Thanks!

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6 minutes ago, AtariAge said:

Can you define "recently deleted"?  Is there a specific time frame?  Can this be set by the admin? 

Thanks!

Check the first image, it contains the setting the admins can use to specify the number of days.

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With this approach, they're removed from view immediately (unlike hide, or 3.x's "soft delete") - they only show in the ModCP and are automatically removed from the database after some time.

Unlike other approaches which are variants on hiding content from the public, this is intended to be a safety net in case you want to undo a delete.

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This feature alone is enough to make me look forward to 4.2. Well done IPS. :thumbsup:

Now we just need an auto-prune option to delete inactive threads after X days and I'll be very happy.

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17 hours ago, liquidfractal said:

I don't even remember this being in 3.x....but nevertheless, an excellent idea! ^_^

There was the hidden 'Trashcan" forum in the past where deleted posts and topics would be moved to.  I miss this, because you could keep these deleted items indefinitely, allowing you to go back and look at deleted content if you needed to for some reason.

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how does this work with flagging someone as a spammer will all content be preserved just in the same manner? -

If a moderator who has ability to flag as spammer and traditionally you want spam content to removed from public and see it only in the MOD CP - so i can review it if I wish when I have a chance before the deletion threshold.

I wouldn't want someone to accidentally or maliciously flag a real member as spam - which would remove all their content with no undo. Or if someone's account was hacked and only a fraction a few posts were spammy and their original historical posts were legit - wouldn't want to remove ALL the past content necessarily. 

When you mark items as deleted it sets a new date in the table? and the purge tasks will work off that date plus threshold not the original posting date?

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Yeah, I've had to retrieve threads from backups before as well for various reasons.  I really miss the Trashcan forum.  @Lindy, is it possible to change this feature to allow one to keep deleted posts indefinitely?  It's very useful for many reasons. 

Thanks!

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3 minutes ago, AtariAge said:

Yeah, I've had to retrieve threads from backups before as well for various reasons.  I really miss the Trashcan forum.  @Lindy, is it possible to change this feature to allow one to keep deleted posts indefinitely?  It's very useful for many reasons. 

Thanks!

That's exactly what I have suggested here: 

 

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I'm excited to see a feature to replace the deleted posts system in 3.x, though, I much rather permanently store deleted threads until trashed as it was in 3.x but this system alone will allow me to grant moderators the ability to delete once more.

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13 hours ago, AtariAge said:

There was the hidden 'Trashcan" forum in the past where deleted posts and topics would be moved to.  I miss this, because you could keep these deleted items indefinitely, allowing you to go back and look at deleted content if you needed to for some reason.

Yes. To me, this option would be much preferable to the "Delayed deletes".

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