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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

Not even a blank space below your name. I mean the thread exists but your specific reply on it is completely gone, including your name and time stamp, as if it had never posted at all.

I spotted one today. Am I the only one who has noticed that happening?

If so, it must be a new development. Either it's the ultimate TMP bug or it's the ultimate in stealth-editing. :)

PS. But if I'm the only one seeing things, that's okay. I've been called crazy before, many times. For now I'm gonna call it "the Gaslight bug".

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 6:46 a.m. PST

I noticed it too, Dan. I did my annual 'Happy B'day'
post in the Lounge for the OFM. There were quite a
few well-wishers who joined in.

The post disappeared ('there is no topic with this ID
number' was the message) and when I PM'd the editor
(the assistant) I got the reply that no action had been
taken by the editorial staff to remove it.

The post title is still there (look under July 2 'It's THAT
time – AGAIN !') but still yields the 'no topic with this
ID number' result.

Superbug ???

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 6:53 a.m. PST


I've seen that no topic ID thing before.

This is different. Example:

TMP link

The thread exists (on the main page as well as on the sub-boards), and seems to be working just fine and accepting new comments from others, but now there's no sign that I ever replied on it. And I know I did. I saw my comment there a couple of times earlier.

PS. My post used to be between these:
18 Jul 2017 12:18 p.m. PST (Grand President Gunfreak)
18 Jul 2017 10:24 p.m. PST (Tango01)
My post should be in that 10-hour window.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 7:14 a.m. PST

I noticed that happening on this thread: TMP link

A few of the posts may have been of a controversial nature, but most were not. I'm not upset mind you, because nothing eliminated was of crucial importance. I just wanted to insure you that you are probably not loosing your mind.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 7:24 a.m. PST


Well, at least with those you can still see that some member posted something that was later replaced with "Snip" or with the single word "Deleted".

PS. So I guess the jury is still out on whether I'm losing my mind. :)

Rakkasan19 Jul 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

Maybe the post was deleted and not reflected as such in the article? I have noticed this before when someone posts something possibly controversial. Sometimes it shows as deleted and other times it just disappears.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 6:24 p.m. PST


So the comment has simply disappeared at times before! Good to know.

Thanks for confirming that.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2017 9:51 p.m. PST

Thank God, I just got this from Editor Gwen …

"Your post about jailing a President has been removed, it breaks the forum rule against current politics."

LOL. So I guess that stealth-editing IS a real thing! I'm not losing my mind, and this is not the work of some weird new random Gaslight bug at all.

It's more like a "Servpro" feature (that company's motto is "like it never even happened") but for selective posts on an existing thread.


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member19 Jul 2017 11:13 p.m. PST

Hmmph. a rule against "current politics" seems mighty, MIGHTY subjective when it comes to deciding what is and isn't allowed.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 2:19 a.m. PST


The title of the thread is "Free Bill", if that helps.

Anyway, it was wrong for me to make the joke. I know, because I would have hit the complain button if the roles had been reversed.

I'm just happy to see that I wasn't losing my mind and that some selective posts had indeed disappeared without leaving the customary "Deleted" gaps in the thread.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 5:12 p.m. PST

Hmm. I think this other thread also had a couple of its posts "ServPro-ed":

TMP link

Comments that used to show with the word "DELETED" on them are now completely gone from the page. And so now a couple of the comments that used to be at the top of the second page show up at the bottom of the first one.


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