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Only the board's staff can edit
5 votes
 
 16%
No editing of posts in a closed thread
11 votes
 
 35%
A member must make a certain number of posts, defined by a board's admin, before they can edit
3 votes
 
 10%
Disable editing on a per-forum basis
5 votes
 
 16%
Disable editing in individual threads
6 votes
 
 19%
Other (if I've missed anything, please post it)
1 votes
 
 3%
Total: 17 voters.  Total votes: 31.  Max items per vote allowed: 6.
 
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I can see various ways of doing this, and thought I'd make a poll to see which idea(s) would be most popular. I don't know if Thor will ever implement such a feature in the future, but if he does, I hope this gives him some ideas.

For anyone who would like to be able to disable editing at their board, which options would you like to see?

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Hi Lesa, thanks for putting this poll up. It seems like editing in a closed thread should be disabled by default anyway. I figured that it was and was surprised to find closed threads ruined by a disgruntled user.

One example where disabling editing on a per thread basis would be a big help is for a debate thread. Someone can now go back and reinvent their argument after the fact to make it sound more effective and this isn't really fair.

In general I want people to take a few minutes to read their own posts before they hit the submit button and if they know they can't change it later this will happen. People will have to live with what they wrote so they may be more cordial when they communicate.

Thanks for considering this feature.
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You're welcome, Quamby. emoticon

I would personally like to see the ability for board owners to enable all of the options I've listed, because I can see how different options could be useful for different boards.

I never really liked posting at boards where only the staff can edit, simply because I might misspell something and want to change it right away. Which makes me think of another option I should have added to my list:

6) People can only edit their post within a certain amount of time after posting it, and only if no one else has responded.

I agree with you about no editing of posts in a closed thread. If it's closed, it's closed, and I wonder if this was an oversight in the programming. There are so many details to consider when writing a program for a message board system, that I can easily see how this could have been an oversight, just like omitting class names from various parts of the layout (like "reply added" and "vote recorded") was probably an oversight.

Making a certain number of posts before editing. I occasionally post at a board that has that feature, and while I didn't like not being able to edit my typos until I had made 25 posts, I can see where it could be useful. This way, it takes away one way for people to come in with new accounts just to start trouble. For example, posting something offensive, prompting people to respond with hostility, and then editing their post to make them look like the victim. By the time someone has made 25 posts, it's easier to gauge whether someone would do something like that.

When I encounter someone who likes to do that, or who I think might stoop that low, I tend to quote large portions of their post when responding so they can't take back their words later.

Disabling edits on a per-forum basis. This would be excellent for forums that are dedicated to debate, which would be more easily managed than going around looking for individual debate threads that members start and setting them to "no edit".

Individual threads, in case someone doesn't want a separate debate forum, or if some other thread becomes heated enough to where someone might want to edit their posts to hide something they said.

Mind you, while I would like to see these options added and will gladly point this thread out to Thor, it is not for me to decide which features are added or when. I don't want to get your hopes up, but do want our members' voices to be heard. emoticon

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Hi Lesa,
Those are all excellent ideas and I agree that a time period after posting of 10 to 30 minutes would allow for typo fixes. I don't see the use of going to 24 hours since a hot thread could have many posts in that amount of time and the topic could have evolved significantly based upon earlier posts. The worst is when someone changes the first item that started the thread after the fact, which really ruins everything that comes after it.

I do try to quote the other person when I post if I really think they might change it later but if just a snippet or two are used then people claim their words were taken out of context but it seems redundant to always quote everything.

I'm surprised more people have not had this problem as evidenced by the responses in another thread on this topic. My forum must be the fortunate one to have the worst offenders frequenting it.

I realize it takes time to implement changes that are suggested and some really shouldn't be implemented at all. I'm grateful that you took the time to outline the possibilities and weigh the pros and cons. If it makes sense and doesn't knock out some more urgent feature or bug fix then great. If it doesn't happen then at least it was brought up for consideration.

Thanks again,
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You're welcome, Quamby. emoticon

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I do try to quote the other person when I post if I really think they might change it later but if just a snippet or two are used then people claim their words were taken out of context but it seems redundant to always quote everything.



I agree, so I try to grab enough of the post to keep any future "out of context" claims from holding any weight, without having to quote the entire post. If they do edit their post and claim I took it out of context, I just point out the time I made my post and the time they edited theirs, which shows any reasonable person what really happened. emoticon

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,offset=10#post293887]Joxcenia wrote:

What about setting it up so that members can't edit after, say, 3 days? Maybe have options where the owner/admin can turn off or set a limit on the ability for members to edit. And maybe even have an option to turn it off or set a limit on the ability for staff members to edit as well. *shrugs*

Would it be too hard to have it set up on an individual basis? That way if the member has a legitimate reason to edit a post, they can be given the ability on a temporary basis?





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It took a few years to see it but I want a boards staff to be able to edit a closed topic. Over at TRD we have a few informational topics and that information does change fairly often. The topic post is self-explanatory so no replies are needed but to be current the post itself has to be kept updated on either a weekly or monthly basis.

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I always wanted this when I had Queeny's Obsessions.
I voted "OTHER" because I would like to see an "all of the above" box. emoticon
Don't want to make it to easy for Thor... emoticon
But I think each of those has it's merits.

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