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petro1head12/03/2017 10:25:39
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why are we unable to edit posts after a certain time?

Steven Vine12/03/2017 11:22:14
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Suppose you started a thread with a post, and after 3 pages of replies you went back and edited the original post and all your subsequent posts (or even erased all the text your posts). That could make a nonsense of the whole thread.


Edited By Steven Vine on 12/03/2017 11:29:22

Frances IoM12/03/2017 11:22:37
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at one time before forum software got wise it was a common spammer trick to post an innocuous post to get past moderators then come back and alter to some spam message
Clive Foster12/03/2017 11:34:14
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Idea is probably to ensure that relatively long delayed edits don't destroy the conversation flow of a thread. Editing really should be to cover the oops "can't spell", "incomprehensible phasing" or "finger trouble" issues. Real errors of fact, link or simple mis-understanding should be dealt with by a later posting recognising and correcting the error. Allowing much later edits could be considered as encouraging making yourself look clever with 20/20 hindsight.

Personally I don't see such as a problem. Folk here aren't that precious.

Hafta say I find it annoying to have spelling and finger trouble issues enshrined forever. Like starts for stops on a recent thread! Reckon there are more than a few folk who'd not mind excising a "humorous" comment that seemed OK at the time but embarrassingly less so a day or two later. Fair few instances where what would be fine spoken face to face comes over far too strongly in written form. Emotionally forums are close to mates chatting in the pub so its easy to overlook that its a written format whose style and content is best kept close to that of a letter. Whether formal or informal.


Neil Wyatt12/03/2017 13:24:56
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Exactly what has been said. You have a short period to correct finger trouble or to think 'did I really mean to post that?'

Most forums have a time limit on editing, or lock it once another user has replied.


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