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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 3:31 pm

After I posted a topic here, I wanted to make a change to the Subject line, so I attempted to edit it. But it seemed that a Subject line can't be edited. So, since there had been no replies yet to that post, I decided to just delete it and then create a new post with the edited Subject line. I first copied the text from the original post, and then clicked on the delete button. But the prompts were confusing (I'm nearly 80 and suffering from noticeable cognitive decline). I saw a button labeled "Submit" and thought that meant to submit the request to delete the post.

But the original post is still there.

I've tried searching for "How to Delete MozillaZine Post" but haven't turned up anything.

Could someone walk me through the steps?
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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 4:22 pm

Moving to MozillaZine Site Discussion as this is not a question about Thunderbird.

Note that tanstaafl has already locked that particular post as a duplicate of your other post on the subject.

Editing the subject line is done by editing the post. There is an "Edit" button just after the "QUOTE" button toward the right side of each post's header. Clicking on that Edit button opens the post for updating and the subject line included in that. After making the necessary changes to the post and/or subject line, clicking on the "Submit" button will save the changed post.

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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 4:57 pm

OK, I'm trying to figure out the steps to delete a message.

I tried clicking the "Edit" button, that got me to this:

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(I can't figure out how to insert a screenshot here, but it can be found at https://flic.kr/p/2m9m8yB

Here's what the screenshot looks like:

EDIT POST
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Delete post: [X] Once deleted the post cannot be recovered
Subject: Re: How to delete topic from MozillaZine


(The "X" in the brackets is meant to represent a check box which I've clicked making it turn blue with a check mark inside it)

At that point I don't know what to do next to complete the deletion.

I tried clicking the "Submit" button, but that just re-posted the post I was attempting to delete.
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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 6:26 pm

I'm not sure that regular users can delete a post. That may be restricted to the Mods. I was only advising how to edit the subject line.

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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 7:08 pm

For a normal user if the post has a reply you cannot delete it.
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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 7:52 pm

I deleted the duplicate thread I had locked.

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Post Posted July 4th, 2021, 8:57 pm

tanstaafl wrote:I deleted the duplicate thread I had locked.


Thanks tanstaafl!
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Post Posted July 5th, 2021, 3:11 am

DanRaisch wrote:I'm not sure that regular users can delete a post.

Yep, a regular user can delete their own post unless, as malliz wrote, someone has already posted a reply after it or, of course, if the thread is Locked..

As the Delete option, after pressing Edit, is only shown if the post can be deleted then it is a simple system to use and understand.
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Post Posted July 5th, 2021, 10:16 am

Here's what I see when I click the "Edit" button and then check the "Delete post" box

ImageDelete Post from MozillaZine Screenshot by Will Anderson, on Flickr[/code]

But I don't know what the next step is, after checking that box.

What should I do next? The only buttons I see are "Preview' and "Submit." I tried clicking "Submit" and that just reposted the message I was attempting to delete.
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Post Posted July 5th, 2021, 10:33 am

Will,
As posted by malliz, if anyone has replied to your thread, then you cannot delete your post.

It only works if no-one has replied/posted in the thread.

The SUBMIT button should delete the post & not create a duplicate or re-post it.

That's what we Mods do but then we can delete any posts. :)
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Post Posted July 5th, 2021, 5:59 pm

Thanks for all the help, folks!

I just ran a test by posting a message and then immediately deleting it. And the delete function worked as advertised.

But, I wonder why I was unable to delete that post the other day. I could've sworn that the post had no replies. But I have to admit that my eyesight is failing and I'm long overdue for cataract surgery (I was about to schedule the surgery just when the pandemic hit, but cancelled the operation out of fear of contracting covid). So perhaps my aging eyballs just didn't see a reply that was already there.

Or, perhaps, at just the moment that I had clicked the "Edit" button, someone was posting a reply, and they clicked the "Submit" button before I did.

Or, could there be a time limit for deleting posts? Could it be that my post, even though it had received no replies, had exceeded a time limit for deleting it?

Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter, because I've learned how to delete a post and how to edit the Subject line, so I've marked this thread as "Solved."
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Post Posted July 6th, 2021, 4:04 am

Or, perhaps, at just the moment that I had clicked the "Edit" button, someone was posting a reply, and they clicked the "Submit" button before I did.

I would call that the most likely explanation.

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Post Posted July 6th, 2021, 7:00 am

Hi Will,

As noted by Dan....
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