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From memory I know it is possible to restrict the options in a site from central admin. I want to remove the rights to delete items. How can I do this from central admin to stop site collection admins being able to assign the delete permission?

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You can only control it at the WebApplication level:

Application Management | Manage Web Applications | Select WebApp | User Permissions (Ribbon button)

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If you remove the delete item permission can site collection admins still delete? –  John May 17 '12 at 7:01

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