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Users Can No Longer Delete Their Own Ads

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Mar 6, 2016.


  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Price:
    0
    Strings:
    6
    Location:
    Iowa
    As classified ads are now infinitely editable, we no longer allow users to delete their own ads. This benefits all users in that they can use the archived pricing history as a guideline, as well as not allowing users to try to hide suspicious activity by deleting their own thread. When you no longer wish to have your ad be active, simply open your thread, click Thread Tools, select Edit Title, select "No Longer Available" from the pull down menu, and click Save.
     
  2. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    Where is the "No Longer Available" option? I'm not seeing it anywhere as an option for me, including the pull-down menu under "Thread Tools".
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Did you click on "edit thread"? It's not directly in the "thread tools" menu.
     
  4. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    I'm not seeing it as you've instructed. Your instructions say "When you no longer wish to have your ad be active, simply click on the Edit Thread option under Thread Tools and select "No Longer Available" from the pull-down menu."

    What am I missing?
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Step by step, it goes like this:
    1. Open your thread
    2. Click on Thread Tools. A menu will open up
    3. Click on Edit Thread from that menu
    4. A box will open up, allowing you to edit your title, price, string number, etc., and thread prefix
    5. Click on the little arrow on the existing prefix, and a small drop down menu of all the available prefixes will open.
    6. Select the prefix you want (No Longer Available) and then click Save Changes at the bottom of the pop up Edit Thread box

    The explanation sounds long, but it should take about five seconds total for you to do it.
     
  6. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    Step 2 is where the problem begins for me. I'm not seeing an "Edit Thread" option from the "Thread Tools" menu. The only two options I see under "Thread Tools" is 'Edit Title' and 'Edit Custom Fields'; neither lead me to an option to select "No Longer Available".
     
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  7. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Odd. Can you link me to the thread you're speaking of?

    An alternative way to edit the field is to open your thread, lick the Edit button at the bottom of your post, click More Options in the quick edit window that pops up, and then edit the prefix in the title menu.
     
  8. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    All of my Classified Threads respond the same. Here is one:

    For Sale - Ken Smith BSR6EG Fretless - Master Grade Quilt Maple - As New!
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2016
  9. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    Ok, I figured out your "alternative way". Can you let me know why I can't execute the same thing based on your original instructions? In the end, I guess as long as I'm able to use the alternative, that works for me, however, it is different from your original instructions.
     
  10. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    BTW - when I select the 'No Longer Available' from the list in the drop down and save it. Can users still reply to the thread or is it closed off for replies from all?
     
  11. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I'm guessing I have a different set of options due to my moderator privileges. I'll see about creating a dummy account so I can view the options from a non-moderator membership. Until then, I'll edit the original instructions to show the alternative method as the way to edit the prefix.
     
  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    They can still reply, but it will not bump the thread.
     
  13. Tim Bishop

    Tim Bishop Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2006
    USA
    I suspected it was a privilege thing. Also, when you said "Prefix" and "Edit Thread", that confused me. Also, you might want to consider saying something like, select desired option from drop-down list next to title.

    Also, after all this troubleshooting, when I went back and did this:

    1. Click on 'Thread Tools'.
    2. Click on 'Edit Title'.
    3. Select desired option from drop-down list (to the left of Title).
    4. Save

    This also worked for me. It is different from your original instructions, but after all this trouble shooting, this works as well.

    If you just change 'Edit Thread' to 'Edit Title' in your original post, I think you'll be good to go. At least based on what I'm seeing with the privileges I have.
     
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  14. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Your privileges should be ubiquitous with all standard supporting members, so I'll use that as the guideline.
     
  15. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    Bryan, is there any way to edit/change the initial price listed in a TB classified ad? I find it frustrating that if I choose to lower the price on a listed item, I can't edit the price that shows up at the top of the listing. Let me know if there is any way to do this, thanks! Spencer
     
  16. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Sure can- click Thread Tools then Edit Title.
     
  17. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    Thanks, I had never seen that. Most appreciated!
     
  18. Just a thought but people can still delete all the info on the post including the title AFAIK
     
  19. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Good point. @Bryan R. Tyler is there a way to lock posts/thread title from editing after an item is marked sold?
     
  20. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    No, but it's irrelevant as we can see all the edits a user has made and revert them. Doing so after a thread has closed in an attempt to deceive could get a user banned, which would certainly lock them out ;)