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Leaderboard (talkcontribs)

Can someone enlighten me to why there are two mechanisms of deletion: hide and delete?
As an admin, I find it very confusing when someone hides a post; it seems like it is deleted but can be retrieved by any user and unhidden. I've often seen users hiding posts (mistakely or otherwise) - surely that's not intended?

The FAQ page mentions that hide is supposed to emulate the undo function, but doing that is more prompted and quickly revertible. Also, for us admins, hide and undo are the same thing.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hide is accessible to any logged-in user. It allows people to hide comments that are not welcomed or offensive.

Delete allows admin to delete the post, like for an article. There is also a Suppress link, only for oversights.

Leaderboard (talkcontribs)

Why is the option to hide comments given to all users? Shouldn't that be restricted to admins (or at least rollbackers)? P.S: All users (even anons) can hide flow posts.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I can't remember the reason why, but I can ask. It is something that may be reconsidered with good reasons.

ChristianKl (talkcontribs)

It's normal in Wikipedia that in discussion pages every user can hide comments by other users. To the extend that's the intent of Structured Discussion to replace the status quo it makes sense to allow the existing behavior. (But you might put an option into Structured Discussion for the person who installs the plugin to set the rights and deactivate the feature when they don't like it)

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