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Old 03-18-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I know vbulletin has a setting where you can prevent users from editing their posts after a certain amount of time has passed. I know this forum has this setting enabled.

Is there a reason why? It really serves no purpose. If it does, please enlighten us.

If not, then consider changing it.
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Location: Ohio
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On boards with unlimited editing, I've seen it happens where a longtime poster will get into a snit and delete every last one of their posts. It has the effect of leaving gaping holes in the middle of perfectly good discussions. The edit window for members ensures that will never happen here.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Yes, I consider the imposed time limit a legitimate reason for the reasons Bo has explained. Here on City-Data a user has 45 minutes to edit their post. If their is an issue they can contact a moderator with a rational reason, and it might be edited. But deleting a large number of posts would not be fair to others who took the time to reply to posts.


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Old 03-21-2012, 03:06 AM
 
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I know vbulletin has a setting where you can prevent users from editing their posts after a certain amount of time has passed. I know this forum has this setting enabled.

Is there a reason why? It really serves no purpose. If it does, please enlighten us.

If not, then consider changing it.
I would imagine the logic behind the timed post editing is to prevent people from changing or manipulating a topic after the theme of the topic has been established. You can imagine the ensuing chaos if the op started a topic asking for the merits of a Chevrolet vehicle then a dozen or so posts into the topic the op goes back to the first post and changes the topic to a Ford Vehicle, Or posts a topic on some political stance then after 3 or so pages of posts responding to the original topic then goes back to the original post and changes their original stance on the matter or changes data that every one is responding to..
If you realize a mistake has occurred in a post its been my experience that moderators will in most cases eliminate the mistake if asked...
I think the system is fine the way it is.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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If you realize a mistake has occurred in a post its been my experience that moderators will in most cases eliminate the mistake if asked...
I think the system is fine the way it is.
Or you simply add a new post saying "You know what, I just read over my last post and realized I had a typo. I should have said the water is NOT green, not the water is green." or "I re-read that post and I was a little angry when I wrote that. That other driver was a fool but on reflection I probably shouldn't have said some of those things. Sorry to vent like that."

I've found that comments like that don't make you look bad, in fact they get you a lot of sympathy.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:29 AM
 
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Plus if someone quotes the original post and you go change it, the quote does not change. So it can cause friction when one member states 'You change it' after I replied.

Most moderators have no problem with changing one post.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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When we had unlimited time to edit I remember where one person posted that they wanted to breed their dog at all costs then with all the replies that followed they edited it and made everybody else look like a tool. They edited it a day later.

45mins is enough time to post and edit if you made a mistake.
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