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Discussion in 'Ask the Meister' started by Balthazar, Sep 27, 2014.

    Sep 27, 2014
  1. Balthazar

    Balthazar The Governor

    Occupation:
    Leader
    Location:
    Woodbury
    Bryan is it possible to change the forum settings so we can edit our own posts indefinitely? I hate reading my posts just to find out hours later that I made some unforgivable grammar mistakes and not being able to edit them.
     
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  2. Sep 27, 2014
  3. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    I'm not the meister but I have to reply anyway :)

    That would be really awesome. Then I could go in and change my posts years later, or erase them, maybe change a little here and there.

    It wouldn't be so smart I think.
    What I do know, is that probably both you and I need to read our posts before we decide if they are worth posting ;)
     
  4. Sep 27, 2014
  5. maxd

    maxd Complaints (PAB) Manager Staff Member

    Occupation:
    The PAB Guy
    Location:
    Saltirelandia
    Obviously Bryan decides how things are going to be here but I can speak to what is technically possible or not.

    Yes, it is possible. It's just an option we set in the back end to decide how long after posting a given group can edit their posts.

    That said I would be STRONGLY against changing things to something such as you've described. I believe that by doing so you would render the history of the forums irrelevant.

    As a moderator many of my decisions are based on what a person has previously said or done on the forums, including myself. It's basically the "accountability" part of being a forum member. Remove that and it's likely to rapidly degenerate in an unmanageable free-for-all. No thanks!
     
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  6. Sep 27, 2014
  7. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    I would rather do this as a user group permission, as in Meister Members and above have x amount of time to make changes. The reason why is that evil SEO or spam dweebs come in make an initial post, and then at some point later return and add spam links etc. without being detected.

    As for a user group permission, I would have to look into this.
     
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  8. Sep 27, 2014
  9. incrediblestuff

    incrediblestuff SearchingForTheHolyGrail! CAG webmeister

    Occupation:
    Currently: Self employed, Previously: Manager
    Location:
    Mostly the Netherlands
    I have had the same thoughts many times Balth:)
    And mostly the faults are too silly to be bothering a mod about..
    I would really like to have a longer time.. mostly a week would be plenty in my case :p
     
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  10. Sep 27, 2014
  11. Tirilej

    Tirilej Still a Lady CAG MM

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    The sad part is that even if it's for just Meister members and up, not all will be able to handle it.

    I don't know if I could. I think I would have deleted all posts but one that I've made the last 24 hours if I just could do it.
    It's easy to say that I would be silly, but we all know that I am so...:p

    ...and if the reason is grammar mistakes than it's no reason at all. Those mistakes are ok!
     
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  12. Sep 27, 2014
  13. Googobucs

    Googobucs Meister Member

    Occupation:
    IT Manager
    Location:
    Florida, USA
    We are human and we all make mistakes. Grammar, spelling or the occasional misquote will happen. I do it all the time myself. It makes the forum come alive as opposed to looking like robots are behind the keyboards.

    As long as the point is made coherently and with effort, I've never seen the grammar police come out of the woodwork.

    I like to read through some of the difficult posts occasionally from folks where English is not their first language but they have made a good attempt. It adds that international flair and I can almost feel the accent in the post.
    I would not want someone to go back months later and edit it with google translate. It would loose it's original flavor.
     
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  14. Sep 27, 2014
  15. Balthazar

    Balthazar The Governor

    Occupation:
    Leader
    Location:
    Woodbury
    Maybe something like the higher the group, the longer the time to edit? Honestly I said "indefinitely" but a couple of days would work.
     
  16. Sep 27, 2014
  17. suzecat

    suzecat Dormant account CAG MM webmeister

    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    California
    Gotta agree with maxd. So many times the "reply with quote" is used to answer or address a post. Should posts be edited after they are "quoted" chaos would ensue. JMO ;)
     
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  18. Sep 27, 2014
  19. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

    Occupation:
    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    I wouldn't of thought people editing there posts is a good idea to long after theyve made them espeshally if there calling casinos rouges and coming back later to sabertage threds under the pretens off changing bad grammer.
     
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  20. Sep 27, 2014
  21. suzecat

    suzecat Dormant account CAG MM webmeister

    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    California


    LOL dude!! :D
     
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  22. Sep 27, 2014
  23. fun4all

    fun4all Senior Member

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    Strongly against the edit facility being available for more than a few hours for obvious reasons.
     
  24. Sep 27, 2014
  25. bigjohn

    bigjohn Meister Member MM PABnoaccred

    Occupation:
    Swimming Pool Serviceman
    Location:
    Northeast Coastal USA
    U phunny feller!
     
  26. Sep 27, 2014
  27. bruinsdude

    bruinsdude Senior Member MM

    Occupation:
    Marketing
    Location:
    Canada
    I know on Facebook (faceCrack I call it lol) when you edit a post, another person can go in and see the edit history, maybe that is a happy medium...a compromise? That way people can change a few words to better make their point without the suspicion of people changing the context of the original post altogether?
     
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  28. Sep 28, 2014
  29. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    If there was a way to go back and edit some old posts I'd probably delete a bunch. I've had a few meltdowns and/or breakdowns over the years that I'd like to get rid of. :oops:
     
  30. Sep 28, 2014
  31. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    I'm in strong agreement with the "don't change it!" crowd. I also think it would be a very bad idea. :(

    I pride myself very highly on using correct English and spelling and cringe when I see even the simplest of mistakes in one of my previous posts - but allowing unlimited editing time would be a slippery slope to potential chaos IMHO. We all make mistakes - and we all have to live with the consequences, no matter how minor.

    2 hours (or whatever it is) is actually very generous, most other forums I've seen have a much shorter editing time.

    KK
     
  32. Sep 28, 2014
  33. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    My 2 cents:

    Ahhhh.... to be able to travel into the past and .... nahhhh... one much always be cautious doing such things due to the You must register/login in order to see the link.. (see also You must register/login in order to see the link. from 1952)

    Given the ability to fully edit old posts could change the sense of a thread entirely... and make it totally confusing... as someone would (inevitably) go back and change wording/phrases which set off a 45 page thread where everyone went apeshit.
     
  34. Sep 28, 2014
  35. petro

    petro Dormant account, per user request PABnoaccred2 PABaccred

    Occupation:
    N/A
    Location:
    Narnia
    Being able to edit posts long after they are written would cause too much confusion.
    It's already confusing enough with people editing their posts ~30 minutes after their original post.
     
  36. Sep 28, 2014
  37. secret2

    secret2 irishbrit62 MM

    Occupation:
    driver
    Location:
    New York, United States
    For me it is important to not come off looking like a dunce. BUT , ya know, sometimes a schmeer of beer may be the culprit for bad spelling and grammar.

    Also, we learn from reading about language (for our non-English speaking members as a first language).

    I also enjoy reading posts that are non-English and trying work out using Babblefish what the hell they are saying. lol.:)

    This forum would become extremely huge if we had such forums as Germany The ..... or Sweden The.....:)

    So, editing? Sometimes yes but I agree that maybe it is not a good idea.
     

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