The Lochgelly Community Council has accidentally deleted their website which was hosted through the free blogging platform wordpress.com.
It is unknown the exact date when the website was removed by Community Councillor Stevie Murray, but according to several Community Councillors, Mr Murray accidentally deleted the website when he was updating payment details to renew the domain name for another year.
On the surface, this seems plausible, yet anyone that is familiar with Wordpress.com will know that accidental deletion of the site is impossible as there is a very robust procedure in place that prevents accidentally deleting a website, especially when you are only updating payment details.
Can you delete a wordpress.com from the payment details page?
No, there is a very specific set of procedures and verifications that are required before a site can be deleted from wordpress.com
How do you delete a wordpress.com website?
Deleting a wordpress.com has been made difficult to avoid the accidental deletion of a site, with users required to go through a five-step verification process which includes manually typing the web address of the website you wish to delete and confirming the deletion via email, before confirming again via the wordpress.com account associated with the website.
The exact steps are:
Step 1. Log into your site and then visit the site settings page by clicking on My Site(s) and then Settings
Step 2. Scroll to the bottom of the Settings page and select Delete Site
Step 3. On the following screen, click the Delete Site button.
Step 5. You will receive an email asking you to confirm the deletion of the website by clicking on the URL sent to your email. Click on the URL to confirm the deletion.
This is the only process you can go through to delete a wordpress.com site. Claiming that the site was ‘accidentally’ deleted is untruthful and attempts to cover that the deletion was not approved by community councillors through formal procedures.Mr Murray has been involved in several controversies at the Lochgelly Community Council such as allegations that he withheld financial details of the Public Park Improvement Group from Community Councillors, accused of manipulating online polls on the LCC website, and failing to inform Community Councillors and residents that he was the election agent for Councillors Mark Hood and Linda Erskine.
With several Labour party activists serving on the Lochgelly Community Council, it is unlikely that Mr Murray will be held to account at the next meeting (10th February 2016) for deleting the LCC website without any form of approval from Community Councillors, and will continue to support the misinformation that the site was accidentally deleted.