It seems users can delete their own posts now. I have an issue with this.
Right, I’m a roleplayer as much as a predominantly nullsec PVPer, so for me forums are often a lifeblood of inter-factional roleplay since my character rarely meets his foes face to face (unless it involves shooting the crap out of each other in space.) The ability for characters to delete their posts is concerning, given that often one wants or needs to cross reference something said, or a key opinion expressed that ties into whatever RP is going on.
Individuals being able to just go in, delete it and cry out “it never happened” thanks to the loss of the primary post will lead to arguments, drama and a loss of accountability we took a bit for granted in the old forums. People make mistakes, sure, and those can be edited out. But allowing people carte blanch to go around removing their tracks makes responding to them, or demonstrating counter points/debates extremely difficult. Now apply that to CSM posts, to well known players giving an opinion or saying some stuff they maybe shouldn’t have, and then just covering all that up like it never happened!
Yes, you could just edit a post to remove all the words, but it’s harder to deny you ever posted at all when a post becomes ‘snip’, and we can track the edit history now for that supposed ‘accountability’. I also understand you could still track back via the quotes, replies and all the rest, but these potentially will be sketchy at best, and deniable at worse with the cry of “you put that quote in and just attached my name on it!”.
So CCP, is this ability to delete going to remain and become a fact of life we all gotta deal with or can this be changed?