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12/1/11
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Julianne Becker

All documents in a public folder have been deleted.

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Hello,

At a recent conference we created a completely public folder for over 200 people, as well as a global community to share notes and insights from a recent Bar Camp.

On Monday evening, 28 November, they were there, on Tuesday morning, 29 Novemember they were all gone. We saw who last 'edited' in the folder, but no one knows this person and we therefore cannot contact them.

Is there a way to retrieve them?

Thank you,

Julianne



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All Replies (2)
Gill
12/1/11
Gill
Who owns them? No-one else should be able to delete them altogether. I'm not even sure if they can re-name them.
Bas Braams
12/1/11
Bas Braams
I think that I can guess an explanation, following [1]. Let's say that User Alice created collection L0 and some initial files in that collection. Alice then shared L0 public on the web with edit permission for all the world. The files inside L0 thereby also become shared public on the web with edit permission for the world, but only by the grace of belonging to L0.

Alice publicizes the link to the collection L0. In order to follow that link one does not need a Google account. However, it is not forbidden to have a Google account. Suppose that Bob has a GDocs account and he is logged in to his Google account. Bob follows the link to L0. He then sees L0 and the files that it contains in his regular GDocs interface.

Bob, like all the world, has edit permission on L0. Suppose that Bob uses the Organize operation to remove the contents of L0 from L0. Bob may expect to find that content in his Home still, and if not under Home then under All. However, when Bob removed the files from L0, which he is allowed to do, then these files are no longer part of L0, they thereby lose the property of being shared to all the world (because they had that property only courtesy of L0) and the files disappear from Bob. At the same time they disappear for all the world.

Still Alice will be able to find those files, but not in L0; she needs to find them under Home or under All.

For related issues with sharing please see [2-5] for starters.

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