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Old 12-16-2008, 04:34 AM   #29
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Originally posted by SCVJeff:
Having said that I have posted pictures and descriptions where I will post them, edit the fonts to bold (whatever), change spacing, add pics, move things around, all requiring edits since there is no reasonable preview function before posting. The point is I have edited a single post 10-20 times just tweaking it.

My experience with vBulletin on (a motorcycle forum) is that it provides a robust preview function, so the hurdle you mention may disappear. It also allows photos to be directly uploaded to a post without the requirement that they be hosted elsewhere on the internet.

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Old 12-16-2008, 06:52 AM   #30
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I have been refraining from posting on this topic, but have decided to say;

I am on a few other forums. They do not have restrictions on editing or deleting posts. Yes, sometimes an edit can change the meaning of something, but all posters have the ability to change their post to conform to the new meaning. what I have seen on editing has worked. it is this.
Edited: When editing a post, place this comment at the bottom and explain what has been edited.

other examples:

Edited: Spelling

Edited: Gramma

Edited: I meant to say 3 other forums.

Why can't we be "self policing" and make the forum work with editing. Offenders could easily be counseled. If it continued, other steps could be discussed.

Oh well, that is my last say - I think.

Edited: p.s., I was wrong once....oops, no, I was just mistaken.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:26 AM   #31
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Just my $.02 here but...

I am a member of several forums as are most of us I am sure.

I was a senior moderator of a forum that unfortunately had a Napoleon at the helm. When myself and the other moderators/administrators tried to "discuss" how the forum could be better, work better or be organized better so others perusing it could find info easier and with less restrictions, we were all summarily "dismissed" without notice or recourse. We were locked out completely and the forum was temp. shut down until Napoleon decided to do what he wanted.

We had no other choice but to start another specific forum and began the arduous task of rebuilding the historical database. While this gave us the opportunity to streamline some of the longer threads, it was still a big PITA.

The new forum is a self policing forum and has specific areas where anything can be discussed without fear of retribution. Good taste and decorum are still preferred but a mis-chosen word or two are not necessarily frowned upon unless it becomes a specific attack on someone.

This has proven to work amazingly well as all of the participants that I am aware of follow these basic rules of good taste and decorum.

The administrators and senior moderators still have the ability to modify, delete, trim etc any post but only do so where it doesn't change the "information" contained under the basic subject from the OP.

I would like to think that we are all adults and that we have been raised with a modicum of good taste and decorum. I am also equally sure that some will prove this last statement wrong...but...

I think the editing function should be no more than 30 min. Anything else can be posted in a reply, even if it is a correction to the last or prior post(s). This is how all of the other forums appear to work and no one tries to micro-manage this function...AFAIK...not that I am saying we are doing this with this thread but it is getting a bit long in tooth for a fairly simple change.

Anyway, just my $.02 ...again...and just trying to help here.

OAN, I do love this forum and the people here. I have made new friends, found a wealth of info. and enjoy perusing it just because. In fact, I get upset when no one is posting...

Maybe I need a 12-step forum program...
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:31 AM   #32
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:03 PM   #33
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I was one member caught unaware of the 15min edit limit. Perhaps it was my fault for not reading the forum rules periodically. Once I became aware of the 15min edit limit I was fine with it. We, as humans, resist change; I'm past that and will conform to any rules as published.

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