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Don't report. Just delete. Here's how and why (April Fools 2022)

Chainer
Apr 01, 2022 - edited Apr 02, 2022 - permalink

You'll notice that as long as you're logged in, you now have a "Delete image" button under each upload:

This does exactly what you think it does. After some consideration, I've decided to give everyone the ability to delete images. There are two main reasons for this:

Overwhelmed site staff. There has been a steady increase in upload volume over the past few years and the mods are getting to the point where we can't keep up. With an increased number of uploads comes a greater number of image reports, and this is pointless busywork that the mods have neither the time nor effort to deal with. Therefore, it makes sense to let you skip the reporting step altogether and go right to deleting the image without having to involve the mods.

Running out of hard drive space. Not only has there been an increase in the number of uploads, but a greater portion of the uploads nowadays are videos. A single video takes up about 10x the disk space of the average image. I think TikTok is to blame for this, but regardless of where you point the blame, the truth is the server is running out of space faster than ever before. Now I wouldn't want to encourage you to delete images at random or anything like that, but if you were to unburden the site of some uploads, that... wouldn't be the worst. To illustrate what I mean: Large video loading slowly? Delete. Model in the image already has tons of pics on the site? Delete. Annoying comments on an upload? Straight to the delete button. You don't have to think very hard about this.

When you delete an image, you'll see this page:

When you click your Back button to go back to the image, you'll get a 404 Not Found because the image has been deleted. You'll have to click Back one more time.

Thanks, everyone, for helping out. Remember: Don't report. Just delete.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

This is why you're the best, Chainer.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

You have a strong point but you might have opened a can of worms.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

I always appreciate some holiday spirit. brb taking down the whole site

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

I don't know if that's such a great idea. It could even be disastrous.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink
Deleted by killzonedecoy
Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

TFW you dont look at a calendar.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

It would have been better to remove the "Report" button.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

Yea, I totally fell for this.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

I was looking for a way to report this new-found power that had accidentally been given to me.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

This is not an April Fool's joke??

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink
Deleted by elefantelegante
Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

If it's not a joke, it's a terrible idea.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

With great power comes great irresponsibility. I'm hoping its an April fool's joke, otherwise just pray that the entire catalog isn't wiped clean by the end of the day.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

It would have been better to remove the "Report" button. Ok, today is THAT DAY...☺️

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

I can see it coming. BUT I'm gonna press the button anyway!

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

Haha, you got me there Chainer! Brb, there's work to do... ;)

Apr 01, 2022 - edited Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

And there was me for a second thinking I'd been made a Mod for all my good report post work... how bout a tempting "delete" button but instead of deleting the image it deletes the user's account?

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

Unfortunately there's an upper limit to the pics you can delete. I reached it. ;)

Apr 01, 2022 - edited Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

I'm not sure who's playing whom for a fool here, but I just checked out some pages and the big red delete button is there and looks very ready to use. So maybe we ARE all limited mods at least for now. If this is for real, my only serious suggestion is than anyone who has uploaded an image and had it deleted should be entitled to an immediate appeal process. Otherwise this liberalized delete procedure could quickly become a hotbed of petty infighting, revenge, and all manner of other abuses. BTW, I thought images proposed for uploading had to be reviewed by GWM staff to ensure suitability BEFORE initial posting.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

Very suspicious date choice to announce such a big change. I'm not gonna believe anything until this day is over.

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

OMG! I just pressed it. It deleted all the pictures on my hard drive!

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

It's an APRIL FOOL guys!

Apr 01, 2022 - permalink

well it looks like i deleted a picture by mistake how can i undo this

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