All members have the ability to delete or lock a topic they start. That's just the default settings of the forum software and I've never had a reason to change it.
Thank you for looking into it, Jeff.
I have set up a "Recycle Bin" in the moderator area that all deleted topics will now go into.
Outstanding! I'll create a new "test" topic, wait 3-4 days to allow for a number of meaningless replies, then delete it. We'll see what happens, and what further options are available (restore, delete permanently, etc.).
Taking the new feature for a test drive and kicking the tires, if you will.
As far as single posts, I don't see a way to leave a placemark for a deleted post. The only way to do this would be to remove members ability to delete them.
I really haven't seen this as a big problem but I'm open to suggestions.
Yeah, the freedom to delete an individual post is more important than the occasional loss of continuity within a topic. I don't see it as a huge problem either.
I got the placeholder idea from a number of deleted
posts over at CAGDC, in the following thread:OK, Dwayne Richard has a video where he reviews Steve Wiebe's DK game.
Looking at that topic again, it appears that the posts weren't actually deleted. Instead, each post seems to have been manually edited, with the word "Deleted" replacing the original text.