I was in the neighborhood again, and decided to ask a question I’ve had for a long time.
Why is it that when a user is deactivated, their posts are also hidden? That seems kind of stupid to me. I’ll explain why.
Let’s say that in the forums, they made posts and points relevant to the discussion at hand. Or, let’s say they made a post that got like, 30 upvotes or 30 downvotes. I’d be more than a little bit interested in knowing what they wrote.
Same thing applies to the comments section.
So, I don’t quite see why for banned users, the message This user has been deactivated and their posts are no longer visible comes up. If their account needs to be banned, ban their account. But why hide their posts as well?
For example, I’d like to know about the OP of “Internet can now find stars” and “This cheeto…” and things like that, but the OP is banned and their posts aren’t there. What could have prompted the hilarity that ensued? I assume OP would have to have been pretty weird or funny to cause something like that, but I’ll never know.
So, I’d just like to hear why the posts don’t appear, and whether or not it’s practical to do what vBulletin forums do, which is to have “Banned” (or, in this case, “Inactive”) appear as their user title, but still have their posts there for everybody to see.
Also, for that matter, it would be nice if they still had walls that people could write on. I think the only thing an “Inactive” member shouldn’t have is the ability to post or log in.