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Old 11-04-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Why restrict editing period?

I have been a moderator on a huge website for 12 years. Before that I was an active participant on various bulletin board systems (BBS). I have never noticed such a short period allowed for a member to edit one's own posts.

The IRV2 "admin" restricts the editing period to only an hour or so, then the edit button disappears. If the edit button is still there, I might go in and spend an hour or so editing my post, only to be told when I try to save the edited post that time has run out, and all my effort is flushed down the toilet.

Request the editing period be extended to at least 36 hours, and if the edit button is still there when a member begins an edit, then accept the edited post even if time ran out while the member was editing the post.

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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I'm with Smokey on this one...

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Wait, you can't edit your post a week after the OP?
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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This site had an open edit several years back, but there was a couple of problems created by a couple of members that were going back and editing post that totally changed the thread and looked really dumb and it was making the later posters look bad. These folks would not stop that type action, so management decided to limit the edit time to allow for a poster to come back for a short time and make corrections. These trouble makers were banned from the site and the rule was left in effect.

So it still goes back to the old thing that the group is penalized for the actions of a few. I don't think that will ever change as long as we have trouble makers that like to hide behind a keyboard.

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Old 11-04-2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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In my experience with sites that have longer/unlimited editing function, the most common reason folks want to go back and edit is because they've been called out on something they shouldn't have said in the first place.

I think that the editing function should be disabled once a post has been quoted....maybe that'd make folks more careful about hitting that "post" button before they've thought their words through!
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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speaking from a moderator/admin point of view (as a mod/admin on other forums, and co-creator of one of the largest online car club/forum), having a limited-time edit feature does make the job of mod/admin a lot easier for the reason TXiceman pointed out......BUT, I feel if someone is being a bad apple, thats when a mod/admin should step in to lock or delete the topic. Because I too find the limited time window annoying, I think editing shouldn't be restricted. When someone starts changing edits for negative/harmful reasons, that when the "lock thread/delete thread" options should be selected, and said member either be warned, or banned. That's how I deal with it everywhere else. My .2cents
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:31 PM   #7
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So instead of "corporal punishment" (banning) we resort to a mentality where the punishment gets distributed evenly? hmmm
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Thanks for your comments.

As Ken notes above, we had longer edit periods in the past.

It became disruptive to the community and it disrupted threads when changes to posts were made, or content was deleted at later dates.

The 60 minute edit time has been in place for several years and has worked well.

If a member finds a need to edit a post beyond the edit period, please send us a message via the "Contact Us" links at the top and bottom of every page.

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