How long until a post becomes un-editable?

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  1. reba

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    I don't think 24 hours is short but then that's me.
    The purpose of a time limit?
    It's pretty much for respect of those reading a thread. Threads aren't read by everyone the same day it's posted. So one fellow could be posting in response to what they read 3 days ago, another responding to the post edited after that and so on.
    People just don't go back to reread a thread or post. Especially if it gains some length. So you wind up with responses to other posts that don't reflect the OP anymore.

    Finding out you've been replying to other responses about something that isn't there anymore isn't exactly a good feeling. People are like "What are you talking about?" :confused

    Simply put once a thread starts it's best to keep it on the same track throughout.
     
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    What I'd like to know is how long until my toast becomes inedible.
     
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    I hadn't heard of the Whirled Peas story before. ( Visualize World Peace ) :biggrin What a hoot thanks.
     
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    Thanks for the chuckle, Agua.
     
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    Thank you for the answer. I've personally never seen this or experienced it. So I'm not sure how much that actually does happen vs it just being a worry. But then again, most other forums I've been to are much smaller. And most post edits that happen on the other forums don't change things enough to cause negative side effects. However, I know that the size of the community makes a difference. So I fully understand if those forums are run very differently than how these forums need to be run.

    I am just being honest though, when I say I still do prefer, the longer the time to edit, the better. It's a shame a testing period for longer edit times can't be done. If there weren't issues, then no harm to let it be and let the forum have that benefit, but if issues did happen, then adjust things accordingly. Start the leash out real long, then shorten it and tighten it as needed. (a test period, it's just a thought and wishful thinking. nothing more.)

    Nevertheless, and since I am just the new girl on the block, you can never mind my wishful thinking. I may not like short time limits, but I'm smart enough to realize that a noob like myself doesn't know what's best for this place, while the mods do know what's best. So I have no complaints if short limits are what this forum needs to function with less chaos.

    However, I do want to double check on something then.
    Normally people in other forums are encouraged to edit their posts, while double posting is frowned upon. But since editing is heavily restricted here, and I am seeing lots of people double posting, does that mean it's safe to assume, that we can double post as much as we want, and it's not a problem here?

    Thank You. :)
     
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    I believe the site was recently upgraded and there are some kinks in the system that need to be worked out. Editing posts is one of those kinks. Once they get it all figured out, it will be fine.

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    How about a short tether and if no problems make it longer? :wink

    We realize double posts (two posts the same one after the other) are more often than not an accident so we don't lean on people about them much.
    Likewise some forums disallow two posts with differing content from the same poster one after the other. Here again we don't really see that as an issue.
     
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    CcGirl,

    Sometimes decisions may seem a little over-the-top from the outside looking in but usually when that happens those of us that are looking in are only seeing things from a narrow perspective. What you've been able to witness in this thread is how things aren't always so cut and dried or black and white. What one person sees as a restriction another sees as protection. This is the challenge for our administrators. They need to make decisions that, as much as possible, will strike a balance between the desires of all members of the site both now and in the future. One thing that I can assure you is the team we have will do their best to reach that balance.

    You have obviously brought a kink forward that needs to be addressed. Thank you.

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    So I'll chime in, there is a post I would like to make a small but important redaction to that I posted 2 days ago (Sunday at 11:09 PM). How long is the current edit window?

    IMHO I think it should be at least 4 to 7 days before it sets in concrete, especially if you've gone away a few days and realize when you next log in "Aw shucks! I need to change that". ;-)
     
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    It will depend what forum your post was in. Will either be 30 minutes (debate forum) or 24 hours (other forums).

    When we're talking about editing windows in days, that's not a good idea, imo. I realise not everyone is here every day, but longer editing times can cause some troubles, outlined earlier in this thread.
     
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    Oh, thou bane of my existence [time windows]! How thou hast conquered me and lain bare my typos and incomplete thoughts forever in the [cyber] dust! The light of mine hindered thoughts shall now lie forever in thick shadow! Alas, now shall I yet jest with fairer Shakespeare for sake of my miseries, though I beseech my dear Shakespeare's pardon for my misquotes:

    "The last fit of my greatness [great is my undoing!]--good your graces,
    Let me have time and counsel for my cause:
    Alas, I am a [man], friendless, hopeless!" - The Life of King Henry the Eighth

    "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a [forum]
    of infinite [editing time], of most excellent fancy: he hath
    borne me on his back a thousand times [and with a thousand edits]; and now, how
    abhorred in my imagination it is!" - Hamlet

    Now shall I retire in ignominy.
     
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