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My Topic keep being deleted! WHY? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have posted twice now in the "SharePoint - Accessibility" forum about a new AAA accessible website which went live yesterday.

    I have posted it twice now. The first post yesterday morning vanished after a few hours.
    I then re-posted and it was there last night, but this morning was gone again..

    Typing in the URL I get "unauthorised"

    Are they being deleted by a moderator?

    If so .. WHY??
    regards
    Martin Hatch
    MCPD .Net Web Development
    MCTS WSS 3.0 | MOSS 2007
    Visit my Blog
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:59 AM

Answers

  • Don't regard it as personal but as a policy line that I apply throughout.

    There have been many less valid posts (but of a similar nature) in other forums and my experience is that it is better to have a strict policy rather than a flexible one because a flexible policy leads to a lot of (off-topic) argument in threads with posts on the lines of "you accepted his, why not mine?".

    With pseudo-marketing posts I tend to take the line that one post in reply to a relevant thread is valid but that if the same poster then continues to post that identical post to a number of other threads, then he is clearly not trying to help forum users but is merely intent in getting his marketing message across (this applies especially to replying to two year old and long dead threads). Then I delete the lot *including the first one I previously accepted*.

    Again this isn't a comment on your posts which provide useful information relevant to (and different in) the different threads you've replied to. You have also posted other (technical) replies in the forum that don't mention this web site which is something the marketing guys don't do.


    Mike

    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    Friday, September 18, 2009 11:15 AM

All replies

  • You are indeed being deleted by a Moderator.

    The SharePoint forums are technical Q+A forums and are not places for posting threads which publicise web sites.

    You have followed correct procedure when (also) posting a reply to an existing thread asking about Best Practises for Accessibility sites in which you mention that you have created such a site AND that you are prepared to answer questions on how you did it. That is the approach which needs to be taken in Technical Q+A forums.
    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Thursday, September 17, 2009 10:19 AM "threads" for "posts" to make the text more accurate
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 10:13 AM
  • Thanks for answering! :)

    The thing is the description for the forum is...

    "Topics about improving accessibility and usability for the physically challenged"

    It says nothing about posts having to be a "technical question" (or an answer).

    My original post did also state that anyone wanting to know more (or having any feedback for their site) were to get in touch (by replying to the post?)

    Surely the World's first EVER fully AAA SharePoint website should be publicised in the "SharePoint - Accessibility" forum (where else would I post this??)

    Don't you think people would be interested in:

    a) That is has been done
    b) what we managed to achieve
    c) How we did it

    Perhaps this could also help to revive a forum that has had no posts other than mine for the past 2 months? Instead of squashing community debate perhaps we should try encouraging it?

    (and an email or private message telling me why my post was deleted would have been nice!)
    regards
    Martin Hatch
    MCPD .Net Web Development
    MCTS WSS 3.0 | MOSS 2007
    Visit my Blog
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 1:52 PM
  • >(and an email or private message telling me why my post was deleted would have been nice!)

    I came close to writing a reply to your (to my mind) on-topic post explaining why I had deleted your other longer mentions of the web site but such posts typically lead to long exchanges that are even more off-topic in technical forums.

    You are entitled to your opinion, but if you look at several of the other SharePoint forums, you will see sticky posts saying that the forums are for Technical Q+A. I only add these sticky posts when several such (to my mind off-topic) posts have come to a forum as the sticky posts take up otherwise useful screen space. Yours was the first such post and therefore I didn't react to it by posting a copy in that forum of that sticky post warning users not to post information posts.


    Later P.S. (after re-reading your post) The forum has had lots of posts in the past few months. None of them had anything to do with Accessibility for the physically challenged and were thus deleted in view of the clear forum description (and the existing sticky post stressing the physically challenged aspect).


    Even later: You are stretching the boundaries by replying to a number of (old) threads with information about your newly created web site. I have only let these go because you have at least varied the text in most cases and made it relevant to the thread it was posted in. It is however getting very close to ad status especially when posting more than one reply in the *same* thread that talks about your newly created web site. I really hope that you do not add your posts about this site to even more threads.


    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Friday, September 18, 2009 8:13 AM Even later: section added
    Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:45 PM
  • Yeh, sorry about that. I admit I got a little carried away, but did try to keep it relevant.

    Thanks for the reply and explanation. Food for thought if nothing else.
    regards
    Martin Hatch
    MCPD .Net Web Development
    MCTS WSS 3.0 | MOSS 2007
    Visit my Blog
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:44 AM
  • Don't regard it as personal but as a policy line that I apply throughout.

    There have been many less valid posts (but of a similar nature) in other forums and my experience is that it is better to have a strict policy rather than a flexible one because a flexible policy leads to a lot of (off-topic) argument in threads with posts on the lines of "you accepted his, why not mine?".

    With pseudo-marketing posts I tend to take the line that one post in reply to a relevant thread is valid but that if the same poster then continues to post that identical post to a number of other threads, then he is clearly not trying to help forum users but is merely intent in getting his marketing message across (this applies especially to replying to two year old and long dead threads). Then I delete the lot *including the first one I previously accepted*.

    Again this isn't a comment on your posts which provide useful information relevant to (and different in) the different threads you've replied to. You have also posted other (technical) replies in the forum that don't mention this web site which is something the marketing guys don't do.


    Mike

    WSS FAQ sites: http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com and http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com
    Total list of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 Books (including foreign language) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v3%20WSS%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
    Friday, September 18, 2009 11:15 AM