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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:49 am    Post subject: Proposal: Disabling the edit function for old posts Reply with quote

Wouldn't it make sense to disable the edit function for one's own posts after a certain amount of time has passed since the post was first created - say, two weeks or so?
The benefits:
  • It would force people to bump threads in case they have something to add. If they edit old posts, it of course doesn't show up on egosearch so people who mainly use the forum to provide tech support can miss those altered posts easily. If they would get bumped, this could be avoided. Happened to me recently.
  • It would remove the ability of people to alter old posts, which thus can be accurately preserved to serve as reference. Happened to me recently too in a little flamewar / offtopic drift (that I started, though, shame on me :D).
The costs:
  • Someone has to implement and test that. Can't be too difficult though.
  • It would probably impact performance. Probably in a negligible manner.
This modification isn't that important, but I think it'd be useful.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm against this. I sometimes post announcements / status reports and then I have to edit the first post all the time, the documentation forum probably has many posts with a similar situation. However, as I understand the first issue I'd rather have the "thread was modified" (or whatever the yellow marker is called) flag set when posts are modified.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Proposal: Disabling the edit function for old posts Reply with quote

moocha wrote:
Wouldn't it make sense to disable the edit function for one's own posts after a certain amount of time has passed since the post was first created - say, two weeks or so?
The benefits:[list][*]It would force people to bump threads in case they have something to add.


You are always free to bump a thread in you have something to add. As Genone said before, for D,T&T it is a required function.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Proposal: Disabling the edit function for old posts Reply with quote

Deathwing00 wrote:
You are always free to bump a thread in you have something to add. As Genone said before, for D,T&T it is a required function.
I didn't think of the side effects Genone brought up. But what I meant is a scenario such as this:
  1. Someone files a help request.
  2. I reply.
  3. The original poster edits her/his post adding something, not realizing that editing the post doesn't flag it in my search_id=egosearch.
  4. I don't answer since I have no way of knowing (s)he edited the post and can't constantly revisit all threads.
  5. The original poster's modified question remains unanswered, possibly causing disappointment, or a dupe from the same poster.
However, Genone's idea of making edits get flagged as new doesn't have the side effects my proposal would cause, so it'd be the way to go :).
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another alternative could be a dual list, one for new posts, or new replies,
and one for edited, updated, or very old posts that have been replied to.
This could serve all the former functions, and prevent say very old threads from jumping back into the 'new' pile without a good reason.
The thread owner (only) could be notified and have the option of 'ressurrecting' the original thread or moving to a 'solved' section:

(a) New threads, live threads, ressurrected threads.

(b) Solved threads, for people looking for quick solutions to specific problems

(b) edited threads, minor corrections, renewed interest but not confirmed by Thread owner or Admin

(c) old threads that weren't solved, updated, or affirmed as 'live' again.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another consideration is that people won't be able to change the topic to add a [solved].
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tamsco wrote:
Another consideration is that people won't be able to change the topic to add a [solved].


I see nothing wrong with that.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2005 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am but a humble user --and am also in favor of leaving postings
editable, forever. I regularly go over my old posts, sometimes
to add a [Solved], sometimes to put a link to a variant solution
in another thread.

And several times I have found, and fixed, my own spelling
errors. It would annoy me to no end if my spelling errors stayed
forever in an archive. Especially as *I* keep seeing them, when
I review the my earlier postings for possible updates.

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By the way, I occasionally search for "[Solved]" threads, just to
learn techniques that work. I think there is a good reason to
allow responsible posters to adjoin [Solved] to their thread-titles.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about is after 2 weeks they were append only? so everything that existed had to stay the same, but for instance you could add [solved] to the title, cause its adding. also, if you wanted to give cross reference links that would be fine too...

i think that also fixes the problem of someone editing what they said...

also, i think that edited posts should show up as maybe not new, but at least at the top of the search, with a special edited flag next to them...

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