Your network is full of healthy discussions, with many contributors joining in after each discussion's creator. For a long time, the discussion creator has been able to delete their own discussions whenever they like, taking potentially countless replies with them.
Today, we've added an option to the Dashboard so that Network Creators can stop an active discussion from being deleted by the author.
On the Forum Features page, Network Creators can now choose who has the ability to delete active discussions. By default, administrators and the discussion author has the ability to delete a discussion. But now you can choose to only allow administrators to delete "active" discussions — those discussions in which someone in addition to the author has added a reply. This applies to all forums on your network, including forums within groups.
This feature is especially useful if you are worried about a member leaving and destroying the context of a conversation. If "Administrators only" is enabled on your network, active discussions will not be removed even if a member leaves. The only visible change will be the removal of the author's profile picture. Suspended members, though, will still have all of their discussions removed.
-Abhishek Belani, Ning Product Intern