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Editing posts: Um, what? Why?

Posted By: DaphneD

Editing posts: Um, what? Why? - 08/22/05 10:48 PM

While recently trying to update a part number for an item in the Mitsubishi Forum's "Specialized Part Number Repository" thread, I got this message:

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This post can no longer be edited because the maximum edit time has expired


I rolled over to the FAQ section where I remember the maximum allowable time for editing a post was previously set to 999yrs or something like that. Instead, I see it has VERY recently been changed to 24hrs!

Why?
Posted By: Trail_Talk_Admin

Re: Editing posts: Um, what? Why? - 08/22/05 11:02 PM

We implemented this change over the weekend to eliminate a problem we've had and to protect 4x4Wire. The edit time limitation will remain in effect indefinitely/forever.

Administrators and Moderators can change posts any time.
Posted By: DaphneD

Re: Editing posts: Um, what? Why? - 08/23/05 05:46 AM

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We implemented this change over the weekend to eliminate a problem we've had and to protect 4x4Wire. The edit time limitation will remain in effect indefinitely/forever.


Liability? I'd like to understand this more, but I guess it's none of my business, so I won't ask. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Just a request from a chronic editor: I don't suppose the editorial time limit could be bumped up to maybe say... 5days? 24hrs is kind of tight.

-DougB
Posted By: NathanC

Re: Editing posts: Um, what? Why? - 12/12/05 06:52 PM

I just went back to edit the title of a post to better reflect its intent. Was greeted by the above message.

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What does this protect?
Posted By: DaphneD

Re: Editing posts: Um, what? Why? - 12/26/05 07:14 PM

I have brought up the issue of editing previous posts with PHIL recently, but allow me to reiterate my position.

I enjoy the experience here at 4x4wire and attempt to give back as much as I've taken from these pages. I know that's impossible, but I try. Much if not all of the tech I post, as well as many others, includes pictures VITAL to the description of what we're attempting to explain. I couldn't even imagine FrankR attempting to writeup an AW372L rebuild without pictures to document the journey and they are an integral part to explaining certain things to others. Unfortunately, the cyberworld is fickle and pictures don't remain long at many locations for one reason or another. I for one had to change ISPs this summer and lost all the info from my personal webpages in the process including all the pictures I've posted for tech over the years.

Now I would be happy to go back and repost pictures so all the dialogue makes sense, but because of new legislation here at 4x4wire I am now prevented from doing so and I don't intend to solicit the aid of a moderator to repost every picture in every tech thread I've ever posted. They have enough to do as it is.

What I'm concerned about is that this just happened without any discussion or warning. I never recall any dialogue concerning the issue although I know the Admin here reserves the right to make changes despite the popular opinion of its constituants. To me it seems like a change that was made in haste with poor thought devoted to the issue.

Unfortunately, because of the changes little of my old tech postings make coherent sense anymore and I am more likely not to post tech in the future because of the issue. I'd ask the admin here to reconsider their decision and consider what is to be gained as opposed to what is lost.
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