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post #1 of 16 Old 09-29-2011, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering why we don't have the ability to edit posts. We have a "temp" short term ability to edit posts, but it only last for a few minutes.

This is the only forum I am a member of that does not give the "common member" the ability to edit there own posted content. It would give members the ability to close out there own FS: & WTB: threads and allow people to correct any misinformation or errors in there posts.

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-29-2011, 01:29 PM
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I've wondered that myself - I've been a member of other forums for 8+ years and can still find something I posted way back then and edit/update the info I posted. It comes in handy from time to time.

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I would imagine mainly because people take to "error correcting" a bit much, and invalidated entire threads, since the discussion no longer makes sense. Or outright throw tantrums and delete every post they made in said thread.

I see both of those examples all the time on other forums.

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I guess I should have made this "Poll" post. That way we can see who really wants this ability on WT.

I will go back and edit/add that to my first post......oh wait never mind.

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I will go back and edit/add that to my first post......oh wait never mind.
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I would imagine mainly because people take to "error correcting" a bit much, and invalidated entire threads, since the discussion no longer makes sense. Or outright throw tantrums and delete every post they made in said thread.

I see both of those examples all the time on other forums.
Yup - exactly.

If you need a post edited after the edit window has expired ping a moderator and they will be able to make changes for you.

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Yup - exactly.

If you need a post edited after the edit window has expired ping a moderator and they will be able to make changes for you.
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I understand how the WT edit system works, it's just I am not fond of it. I feel we should have the ability to make & correct our own statements. Honestly I feel a change in editing protocol will make the "mods" job easier, and allow them to focus on the other tasks at hand.

I don't really know what the "mods" job description is, but this is how I see it. "Mods" should police the WT community, protecting us from evildoers and idiots. All the while making sure things run smooth.......not going back and correcting my spelling mistakes & punctuation.

This is one of the most respectable forums I visit, and I am sure the honest & friendly community that has been built here has very little to do with our inability to "edit" our own statements.

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I understand the merits of everyone being able to edit their own posts, especially for sale ads, like when you want to change the price, etc..., but I can also see cases like dr1 has seen in the past where someone goes back and changes or deletes a post and nothing makes sense after.

Most of the moderation takes place as as new posts are made so edited posts will very likely not be seen by one of the mods. For instance, when we see a spammer it's when the post is initially made that we delete the post/ thread and ban the spammer. If they could edit later, they can go back and add their handbag and tennis shoe crap, and a mod would most likely never know. I'm sure there may be other reasons. It's been that way as long as I've been here (2007) and I never saw it as a problem.

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I agree that members should use the moderators for editing in dire circumstances.

I've seen whole other boards die because some user decided to delete every post he/she ever had on that board. That ruins it for a LOT of people as it can really mess up the flow of a thread. Also, for example, if someone states initially that they will buy something from someone in classifieds but then later fails to pay or it becomes a bad transaction, we now have proof of it, whereas they could try to clean their tracks later.

It's not just their own data and experience that is being protected; this ability would also affect others as well.

Just be careful what we say in the first place, is that really that hard to do?

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This place is much more mature than the supersport boards I go to, so I'm gonna have to side with having the 'edit' button. Mods are here to keep the boards running clean, so let them do their jobs.

However, I don't mind poking at mods to get my posts updated, either. So...whatever.

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post #12 of 16 Old 09-29-2011, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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I have also seen instances of editing gone wrong. BUt thankfully this is not Honda Tech, Fireblabes, Nasioc, etc,etc. WT is a much smaller responsible collection of members brought here by there current & past love of the "CB919".

We will just have to agree to disagree on this point. Although I am highly doubt that the ability to edit our own posts will spell the end of "Wrist Twisters" as we know it.

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post #14 of 16 Old 09-29-2011, 07:22 PM
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I still dont see your reasoning behind wanting it. I use the edit button all the time, about 3 minutes after I make a post, look for any new posts, and realize I made a typo or spelling mistake, etc. What do you need to change besides that? If you made a typo that you didnt notice right away, big deal, your not perfection and now everyone knows it. Everyone would rather know you were a real person, who also makes mistakes...

I do see it making sense in the for sale section, but like pointed out.. Unless someone modifies the software to keep revisions, like a Wiki for example.. noone will be able to help you out later if someone decides to use the board to screw you over. But since I hate the absolute abuse of forum software in the first place, maybe it should be considered that perhaps its not the best venue to sell items to begin with

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So... the edit window has been extended a bit to 40 minutes.

One of the reasons this board is a bit friendlier has to do with the edit button. What you post matters and the edit limitation raises accountability for posters just a little. In the long run it makes a difference. This is an awesome community and members are the reason. Members post great info here and this the value of the board imo - the goal of the edit limit is to protect the content so that others can learn from our experiences.

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Mostly I'm thinking it'd apply to the thread starter. Updates on a project, updates on prices, updates or revisions to something....because the thread may not get the traffic/views if the initial post is a dud. Or viewers may not get the update unless they go through pages (most likely just a handful of posts down) of posts.

I'd also add misinformation as a reason as well. I know many (like myself) make-up answers and facts.

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