Deleting tickets Follow



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    Jason Howard

    If you permanently delete a ticket forever, does it still factor into the "New Tickets" count in the reporting/analytics? 

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    Stephen Fusco

    Hello Jason, 

    That depends on which report you're looking at. The Reporting Overview does not filter out deleted tickets from its data set, whereas Insights does exclude deleted tickets. Their inclusion in the Reporting Overview can skew the data on reports available here. 

    Insights reports will always have the most accurate information. 

    Thanks for your question! 

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    Mark Vermaat (Edited )

    I go to delete some tickets once in a while and I get this message "We were unable to delete one or more tickets. Please try again later." No matter how long we wait every time we try to permanently delete the ticket we get this message.  What gets me, it is not all tickets...

    Any idea what might be causing this? 

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    Patrick Thompson (Edited )


    We're also having this issue. I spoke with ZenDesk support on Thursday, June 1 and they said:

    "our Development team are already working hard to resolve this, your report really helps us understand the scope of the problem. I will go ahead and mark this ticket as an incident related to the original problem so that you will receive an update once the issue is resolved."

    Hopefully they have it resolved soon. 

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    Mark Vermaat

    Thanks for that note Patrick.

    I will be submitting a case for this as well.   At least I am now aware it is not just us. :)


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    Jessie - Community Manager

    Thanks for sharing that information, Patrick!

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    C Jonathan Archer


    About permanently deleting tickets, in the policies you outline that backup data is stored?

    If a ticket was backed up and then is permanently deleted, it would still exist in a backup for some amount of time.

    What is the backup overwrite period, where a permanently deleted ticket is completely gone? Or will there always be a copy in the backups?

    This is not a question about if you let the end user recover it, but if the data is still stored somewhere by Zendesk

    Thank you.



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    Patrick Bosmans

    Hello C Jonathan,

    We work to secure and accurately reflect our Customer data and their accounts.  While we do backup accounts in order to adhere to GDPR, we also have a strict Data Deletion Policy which you can view here,

    While we cannot openly speak to the frequency of our backup process, nor where those host sites are, we can say that our systems actively reflects the current state of your accounts.

    Deleted tickets are held for 30 days within accounts to allow for recovery. After 30 days they are permanently removed from the account and that is reflected across our system.

    I hope this helps in part answer your question.

    All the Best,

    Patrick Bosmans | Customer Advocate | Tier-1

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    Tom B


    Is there an automated way of deleting tickets? We'd like to delete all tickets more than x days old, but going through and bulk updating the tickets is quite a laborious process. Could it be added as an automation for example?




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    Jessie - Community Manager

    Hey Tom!

    There isn't any way to set this up via automation, but we have endpoints in our API that would allow you to delete your tickets in bulk. You can find those endpoints here.

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    Bianca Duma


    In relation to GDPR, it would be very useful for us if we could delete the attachments only.

    On your informative document about GDPR it says that this can only be done by deleting the whole ticket, however, that is not ideal, as it is important for us to keep track of the previous conversation we had with the customers. 

    Is this something that might be implemented in the near future? Or if not, at least the possibility to delete just the email containing the attachments and not the entire thread?

    Thank you! 




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    Nicole - Community Manager

    Hi Bianca, 

    It's possible that this is something product would consider implementing in the future, but it's not something that will be available in v1 of the GDPR compliance functionality. 

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    Nicole Infiesta

    Jessie, in regards to your last comment about deleting via the API, it looks like you need to have the list of ticket ids and its max 100 at a time.  Is there no way to easy configure deletion based on certain criteria (ex, tickets in a certain brand that were closed >30days in the past?)

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    Jessie - Community Manager

    Hey Nicole!

    I'm not an API expert, but I believe you can use the API search to pull a list of ticket IDs based on the criteria you specify, and then use the delete tickets endpoint with those ticket IDs. You can find the API search endpoints here!

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    Mathias Stjernström

    From what I understand we cannot delete tickets based on triggers och automation, this is far from ideal from an GDPR perspective. Are you discussion/working on anything to help us customers with the GDPR process?

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    Nicolas Bergeron (Edited )

    Will deleting a ticket update the First Reply time (average) - I closed old tickets totally irrelevant made for test but now I have a big number of FRT !


    Thank you


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    Jessie - Community Manager

    Hi Mathias!

    I'd recommend contacting us at; they'll be able to give you a more detailed answer that what we're able to do here in the Community. If you haven't already, you should also check out our GDPR microsite:

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