Help: Deleting, Copying, and
Messages are not static: once they are posted, you can copy
them to other forums, move them around, or delete them if you
change your mind.
There are two ways to initiate a copy, move, or delete: by
clicking the "Admin" button on the Scratching forum's front page,
or by clicking on the "(Re)Move" button while reading a
message. The instructions for each are very similar, though
selecting the "Admin" method requires an extra step.
The administration method allows members to select multiple
messages at one time to be deleted, copied, or moved. The forum
page expands to include a checkbox beside each message. Checking
the box on a particular message signals the software that you
wish to process that message.
Some care must be taken when selecting messages for processing:
Should a message that has responses be deleted, then the entire
thread gets deleted. However, one member cannot process a message
by another member, unless it exists as a response to the owner's
message. This security feature helps prevent accidents.
Once the messages for processing have been selected, press the
"Copy/Move/Remove..." button. From this point on, the
instructions for processing groups of messages are exactly the
same for processing a single message.
To exit from administration mode, click on the "No Admin" button
that has replaced the original "Admin" button on the page.
The form for processing the messages has four fields for your
The author of the message - which should be you. This
field cannot be changed.
The list of message selected for processing. If you made
a mistake and chose too many, you can toggle the message off by
unmarking the checkbox. By
default, all selected messages a toggled on.
There are two options here, but you can choose only
one. If you want the message and any responses deleted,
select "Delete Source". If you wish to copy the message,
leaving the source in the current forum, select
"NO". Remember that once a message is deleted, it is
gone for good!
If you want to copy a message, you must know the name
of the forum and the destination path for the
message. For example, "/test.html". Each forum name is
related to the title of the article. You can usually
determine the exact title by looking at the URL of the
article you are processing.
Because this requires some knowledge of how we
have implemented Scratchings, you may not want to
mess with this. Your best bet will be to
experiment first by using the test forum.
If you wish to notify members by email that your
article (and any responses) has been processed, check
the notification box. The default is "NO" since it
generates less junk mail.
Moving messages involves two steps: copying the message and then
deleting the message. Both of these steps can be accomplished
using the same form. Simply mark the message for deletion and
specify a destination location for the copy. The article will be copied
before it is deleted.
If you do not understand how to copy a message, do not
attempt to move a message. Because moving involves
deletion, if you make a mistake your original message will be
gone, gone, gone!
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