When I permanently delete a reply that has a file attachment, those file attachments are transferred to the first post in the topic.
This is a result of this feature:
If the parent post of an attached media item is deleted, the media item will become attached to the deleted post’s parent.
– from the wordpress codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Image_and_File_Attachments#Attachment_to_a_Post
This is a major problem, because if someone uploads inappropriate content in a reply and you delete the reply, the content just gets moved higher up in the topic and attributed to the wrong person!
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