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Opened 9 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

#32799 closed defect (bug) (duplicate)

Deleting Multisite users does not delete their content

Reported by: johnrom's profile johnrom Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Users Keywords:
Focuses: multisite Cc:


Deletion of a user from multisite through the interface does not work properly when attempting to delete all content, because remove_user_from_blog is called before wpmu_delete_user

By the time wpmu_delete_user is called, it checks for get_blogs_of_user, which will be empty because the users were just removed from each blog. remove_user_from_blog will reassign posts, but not delete them. Therefore, wpmu_delete_user never deletes the user's posts because they have already been removed from the blog.

If wpmu_delete_user is called programmatically, it does remove the posts, because it calls remove_user_from_blog after it gets the result of get_blogs_of_user.

From what I can tell, removing else remove_user_from_blog() when not reassigning a post should be enough to fix the bug entirely, since it will be called later when wpmu_delete_user is called.

The above lines are 223-224 of /wp-admin/network/users.php (4.2.1)

My temporary fix is posted below for any who need a quick result. Please note that this is only tested on 4.2.1, and that it may affect programmatic calls to remove_user_from_blog(). It's impossible to check if a programmatic call to this function is attempting to reassign content since the $reassign value is not passed to this filter.

function maybe_force_delete_user_posts( $user_id, $blog_id ) {

	// donno
	if ( empty( $user_id ) || empty( $blog_id ) )

	// if reassigning, do not delete posts
	if ( ! empty( $_POST['delete'] ) && 'reassign' == $_POST['delete'][ $blog_id ][ $user_id ] )

        // we're probably on the delete page for this user if this is not empty
        // this is not a flawless check
	if ( empty( $_POST['blog'][ $user_id ] )

	global $wpdb;

	switch_to_blog( $blog_id );

	$post_ids = $wpdb->get_col( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT ID FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_author = %d", $user_id ) );
	foreach ( (array) $post_ids as $post_id ) {
		wp_delete_post( $post_id );

	// Clean links
	$link_ids = $wpdb->get_col( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT link_id FROM $wpdb->links WHERE link_owner = %d", $user_id ) );

	if ( $link_ids ) {
		foreach ( $link_ids as $link_id )
			wp_delete_link( $link_id );

add_action('remove_user_from_blog', 'maybe_force_delete_user_posts', 10, 2 );

Change History (2)

#1 @johnrom
9 years ago

  • Focuses multisite added

#2 @jeremyfelt
9 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to duplicate
  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Version 4.2.1 deleted

Hi @johnrom, thanks for the ticket and the detail of the issue. This is actually a duplicate of #17905. We should take a closer look for the 4.4 cycle.

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