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Flaky "Edit" button
June 21, 2020
2:53 pm
Loonie
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I forgot to add that disabling editing would lead to the kind of jumble of responses that Bill names, which makes threads more difficult to follow, and the forum less useful.

Anyone who spends any time on this forum gets to know which members are likely to edit their posts substantially. If what they said matters, you can quote them, which preserves what they said even if they change it later. It also preserves their username.

I find a lot of quotes unnecessary and they create more chaos. I try to avoid them most of the time but will use them if someone seems prone to change their opinion or if it may not be clear what I am responding to.

RFD is a jumble. I avoid it almost entirely. I hope we don't turn this into another RFD. The world doens't need two of them.

June 22, 2020
4:19 am
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I've bought a lot of good "deals" over the years from RFD that I didn't really need LOL

June 22, 2020
6:19 am
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Loonie said

RFD is a jumble. I avoid it almost entirely. I hope we don't turn this into another RFD. The world doens't need two of them.  

I would have fixed my typing mistake, which I just noticed, if my editing privileges had not expired. Instead, the only way to show that I didn't intend it and really do know how to spell "doesn't" is to create this additional post, which I freely admit is primarily clutter and should not be necessary.

Bring back longer editing periods please!
As I recall, there was a discussion about it here a year or two ago and it was agreed that a period of a day or two (can't remember precisely) would be acceptable. I think that worked well, but it has been severely curtailed arbitrarily since then.
I don't care all that much if people change their opinions, quite frankly, even if trying to cover their butts after receiving criticism. We know who they are and we know how they behave, and we don't have to take them seriously. Don't let them get to you.

June 22, 2020
7:42 am
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Enabling the permission for forum members to edit their own posts, within specific guidelines and time limitations, is a privilege accorded by the Forum Administrator (Peter) in recognition of the maturity and responsible behavior of Forum members.

There are instances when legitimate corrections are only realized after a post is submitted, even though the post may have been previewed. There are even instances when, after submission, a second thought or a better way of expressing a point occurs.

Although the decision is ultimately his, to suggest that Peter disable the ability for Forum members to edit their own post within a predetermined limited length of time would be a setback in my view and would be contrary to the accepted protocol of most forums that I have either participated in or administered that are intended for mature, intelligent and responsible adults.

In my view, the benefits to Forum content far outweighs any potential or imagined harm this privilege provides.

The stock in trade of an online Forum is the quality of its content, which subsequently results in increased traffic flow.

Improving the quality of one's post by correcting a typo or clarifying a point can only benefit the overall quality of this Forum's content.

Stephen

June 22, 2020
9:00 am
gicjunkie
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Very well put Stephen. I couldn't have expressed it better. I have, on numerous occasions, edited my contributions due to spelling, content or wording issues. The option to edit should be available. The time frame for editing should also be reasonable.

June 22, 2020
9:31 am
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Briguy said

Peter edits my posts all the time, I think it's when I put a reference to a RFD post which he then removes.  

Edits by moderators are sometimes made to correct typos -- these edits are not announced. Unless a post is completely deleted, any edit more substantial than a typo is announced at the bottom of the post itself. I am not aware of any RFD links being removed.

June 22, 2020
3:09 pm
Bill
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Well argued, Nehpets, you're right.

September 8, 2020
6:11 am
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Peter said
The "Edit" button is only available for 1 hour after you have posted. The reason for this is that some people were using it to materially change their posts after much follow-up discussion had already occurred.

If you'd like to make any edits after the 1-hour period, feel free to use the "Report" button to send a message to the moderators.  

Hi Peter, I think I can use a visual reminder about the 1-hour grace period to make revision(s). Can we added that to the NOTE section when we post ?

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September 8, 2020
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Sure -- that's done now!

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