I recently had a mod move a topic and leave a shadow topic in it’s place. The intent was to move the topic to our area for deleted topics, but the shadow caused it to remain visible.
I wanted to delete the shadow topic without deleting the original topic. A little bit of digging around helped me find the answer…
The Moderator Control Panel
I honestly had no idea that the MCP even existed, much less what I would need it for, but this case is a perfect example.
To delete a shadow topic, navigate to the forum containing the shadow topic, and use the Moderator Control Panel to select and delete the topic.
That’s it! Easy enough to do, it’s just a matter of knowing to use the MCP to get it done.