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resetreset 07-23-2008 06:21 AM

You shouldn't be able to edit a post AFTER someone has replied to it!!!
 
as it says....

acid_kewpie 07-23-2008 06:36 AM

why not? nothing wrong with correcting links and spelling etc... that sort of thing has to be left down to individuals understanding how to use a forum correctly.

XavierP 07-23-2008 06:38 AM

The fast moving nature of the board means that you can often get an almost instant answer. If, after posting, you realise you left out a vital piece of info, even though someone has responded it's good to edit the post.

pixellany 07-23-2008 07:21 AM

If I make a mistake on a post, I will correct it in a way that does not upset the logical flow of the thread. Let's not make more rules and gimmicks to protect ourselves from every bit of bad behavior.

Vit77 07-23-2008 07:48 AM

resetreset, developing your position, we would need to lock all ever viewed once posts, because someone could start replying already...
I'm afraid, it could bring more difficulties than benefit.

However, I think we have to support all the attemts to make the forum better. Thanks, resetreset.

Mega Man X 08-07-2008 02:32 AM

There are some idiots (this is the best word I could come up with here, but you will soon see it is fairly accurate) who tries to delete their posts after getting an answer. Since deleting is not allowed, they simply remove their text, making the thread completely worthless. These kind of users are one in a million, but if I could, I'd kick them in the nuts...

So my suggestion is, always "quote" somebody before replying. You never know when or where one of those idiots will be posting...

XavierP 08-07-2008 03:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mega Man X (Post 3239537)
There are some idiots (this is the best word I could come up with here, but you will soon see it is fairly accurate) who tries to delete their posts after getting an answer. Since deleting is not allowed, they simply remove their text, making the thread completely worthless. These kind of users are one in a million, but if I could, I'd kick them in the nuts...

So my suggestion is, always "quote" somebody before replying. You never know when or where one of those idiots will be posting...

Good idea :p

jschiwal 08-07-2008 03:27 AM

A few times someone has pointed out a mistake. I'll thank them and mention that I've subsequently made a correction. If someone reads the post later, such as the result of a search, they will read the corrected post.

Often I'll notice a mistake just after posting. Someone might submit a post as I'm editing. Also, there is a line that mentions that the post was edited, alerting readers to that fact.

Mega Man X 08-07-2008 04:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by XavierP (Post 3239574)
Good idea :p

Lol, didn't see that coming :D

brianL 08-07-2008 04:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mega Man X (Post 3239537)
So my suggestion is, always "quote" somebody before replying. You never know when or where one of those idiots will be posting...

Couldn't have put it better myself. :D

pixellany 08-07-2008 07:59 AM

I'm working on a book: "Finding a Cure for Stupidity---the Implications for Society".

Seriously, please don't start "idiot-proofing" this forum. Better to think of constructive things for OP to work on---he/she appears to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm......;)

brianL 08-07-2008 09:47 AM

Finding a Cure for Stupidity? Bet I could find the Holy Grail quicker.

trickykid 08-07-2008 09:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mega Man X (Post 3239625)
Lol, didn't see that coming :D

I think XavierP was referring to kicking them in the nuts part of your reply.. ;)

David the H. 08-07-2008 07:35 PM

Another good practice is to make it clear in your edited post that you've changed something, similar to how good coders include a changelog in their code.

Whenever I edit a post (other than for minor fix-ups), I generally also insert a line saying "edit: changed xxx to yyy" or something like that at the bottom. Alternately, I'll also occasionally keep the original content as-is, then insert an "edit:" line with the updated information right after it, depending on just what's being changed.

Either way, it makes it clear not only that something has changed, but what's been changed.

archtoad6 08-08-2008 07:56 AM

I really hate the clutter introduced by quoting & potentially re-quoting everything. If we're going to do that, we might as well have a good old mailing list, & arguments over top- vs. bottom- posting.

I really, really hate that clutter; but I have to agree that is a way to deal w/ the idiots (I agree, that is the right thing to call them) who thoughtlessly destroy their posts w/o regard to those who come after. This is one time when I think that the cure is worse than the disease. I see very very few instances of this problem, but the suggestion would mean possibly doubling the size of the disk storage necessary to hold LQ, doubling the bandwidth necessary -- both for LQ & us the subscribers -- to d/l any given thread to read it, as well as doubling the time spent waiting for the thread to d/l. On a slow 'Net day that extra time could be annoying to say the least.

Is it possible instead to restore & lock such posts? -- 1st, is it technically possible w/in the vBulletin s/w? 2nd, is it too much to ask of our moderators to assume this task?


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