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    • CommentAuthorAlex Bartel
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2010 edited

    Is it possible to completely delete a post, so that it doesn't annoy me and the higher rep users with its redness? I have posted an answer to this question, but I had a < sign within latex. Markup must have interpreted it as a quote and suppressed the rest of the paragraph. When I posted it a saw that a whole paragraph was gone, I was anxious not to have to retype everything, so I quickly hit the 'one page back' button of my browser. Lo and behold, there was my post. So I figured out what was going on, fixed it and hit 'post' again, resulting in a second answer, this time correctly formatted. I deleted the jumbled up/marked up answer, but of course it's still there, in red. Since it really doesn't have any value now, it would be nice if it could be completely deleted. Thanks!


    Lo and behold!

    • CommentAuthorAlex Bartel
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2010 edited

    Oops, thanks. While we are at it: how do I get the link to show as a link? <a href=""> doesn't seem to work </a> or does it? Nope.

    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2010 edited





    If somebody posted their credit card information, I'd have the post completely removed by contacting the company that does the hosting and asking them to manually remove it from the database, but it doesn't seem worth it in this case.

    If you have a suggestion for a better way to denote deleted posts (i.e. if the redness is what bothers you), let me know. If you think the content is distracting, just edit the body to be a dot or something. If you (or a 10k+ rep user) just don't want to see any deleted answers ever, tell your browser to use this css when viewing MO:

    .deleted-answer {display: none;}

    I imagine it might be possible with a small bit of javascript/jquery-hackery to replace deleted posts by a small button marked (deleted post) or something like that, which will expand in all its red glory when you click on it.


    Don't worry, Anton, I didn't think it would be this difficult. I will do as you suggest and edit the body.