Question about "ghost" alerts for these forums resulting in missing posts RRS feed

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  • I'm sorry if this isn't the appropriate place to ask, and I know this is probably a newbie question, but:

    Can anyone help me understand why I'm getting alerts sent to me from watched threads in this (and other) forums, but when I go to the thread in my browser, some of the posts that I was just alerted about are missing?

    This happens regardless of the method used to open the thread in my browser : so it happens by using a shortcut/favourite or by clicking the thread title in the alert message.

    I know that in some cases, the posts have been deleted or removed, but this seems to be happening more often since the forum maintenance over the weekend. And I am getting notified when threads are moved or consolidated, so I don't think it's just me mis-clicking!

    In some cases, where a flamer has obviously dumped on someone and then deleted their own posts, I can understand why the post is no longer available, but then some replies to those posts (which often contain answers or comments on other posts) are also MIA, which leaves some comments unavailable. That's slightly disturbing.

    Again, I apologise if this isn't the right place to ask, and I'm sorry if this is a stupid question.
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    • Moved by Ronnie VernonMVP Monday, July 27, 2009 10:16 AM Focus (From:Windows 7 Miscellaneous)
    Monday, July 27, 2009 1:18 AM


  • Pete -

    Ya know, I really, really hate when that happens. I look in my email, I see 5 responses to a given post, and when I go to the post in question, there's basically 2 - 3 replies instead of 4 or 5.

    But I kinda know what's going on. There are some posters who are, shall we say - shy. They post and then for whatever feeling of inadequacy, may retract their posting. It's kind of sad, really. The guy may have made a valid enough point but for whatever reason removed his comment.

    Or there are times when a poster realizes he made an error and retracts his post. I've done this a few times myself... Mostly when I'm half asleep in the wee hours and I didn't quite read the OP's statement and after posting, I might re-read it and discover I'm zigging when I should have been zagging.

    And then are those posts from some people who tend to be...abusive... They may say things in a manner that isn't PC (And I don't mean IBM clone...) The moderators will then, at their discretion, either surgically excise foul language, inappropriate commentary or otherwise rude behavior. OR, they will delete the post outright.

    At any rate, if you read the response as it was sent in your email, odds are you can generally tell which catagory these missing posts might have fallen into.
    Monday, July 27, 2009 10:24 AM