• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

Add-on Moderation transparency, all deleted post markers visible to all

sross

Active member
#1
At the moment only admins/moderators can view deleted post content markers. This has unexpectedly irked a great many of my members when xF removes all trace of the deleted thread from their view (vbulletin would leave a marker). There are benefits to having removed content markers visible:

-it's a visual reminder of why a thread might seem disjointed from removed content, sure you can notify participants with the xF system but what about new arrivals, etc.
-everyone can see that John Doe's post was removed because of "personal attack", this can be a form of 'name and shame' and actually be beneficial to modifying bad behavior.
-conspiracy minded users can't make claims moderators are disappearing content haphazardly or for a personal agenda. This adds a level of accountability.

Seeing as admins and moderators can see the deleted marker, maybe it is not a difficult add on to allow all members or selected usergroups to also view it. Only the marker showing it was deleted and reason, not the actual content.
 
#2
Just give your usergroups the Moderator Permissions for viewing the content

Capture.PNG

It's actually part of the core, so no need for an addon technically
 

sross

Active member
#3
That would give them too much access though, wouldn't that allow them to see the deleted content as well as the marker? I just want them to see a deletion stub and the reason. I don't need user A going 'oh so THAT's what user B said about me, that !&^$!!', best to keep it simple.
 

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
#4
This idea does make sense to me, although if a post needs action due to a user transgression, there is an option to give s public warning, so a workaround I have used is for a mod to edit out the post's content and leave a public warning, instead of deleting the post.