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freedom27

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:17:12 AM

Having the ability to delete or edit a post one writes.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 11:08:27 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

freedom: The reason that there is not an unlimited edit window is fear that it will cause something bad or undesireable to happen. I have frequented no-edit-window forums for years that have no serious problem. Everyone can tell in short order if anyone is playing games.

No-edit-limits also allows members to have permanent topics that can be maintained over time (vs. reposting new msgs over and over again). Examples might be: lists of members of a special interest group, prices for fuels not currently supported, lists of rough locations of members in an area, linked indicies of topics within a category and so forth. There may be some downside to that, but I don't know what it might be.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 11/20/2012 11:16:22 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 2:39:17 PM

freedom27:

Your follow-up reads:
"...I'm curious as to why the author can't delete a post they wrote."

First, assuming by "post" you mean response you wrote, and not a thread you started, you can delete your post (within the time frame) by either editing it (correcting/changing your wording) or you can delete the wording and post a couple periods, etc., or the word "disregard", etc., to negate the post.
And, with the same assumption, if your post remains for a period of time, the assumption is that what you wrote is what you wanted to say, and by removing your post, you could invalidate the follow-on responses by other members, or simply make them look like they're responding to something that no one said.

Second, if you're referring to deleting a topic you started, if other members have already started to discuss the issue, regardless of pro or con or the intelligence (or lack of) of the original post/topic name, etc., the member starting the topic would be taking away comments and input of other members. Again, however, you can edit your topic (within time constraints) and either reword it or effectively delete it by using periods, "disregard", etc. as your post/comments, etc.

Essentially, if you're starting a topic, you're telling people "here's my opinion, my question, etc.; tell me what you think or know." Once you've done that (and haven't edited it within the time constraint), others have earned the right to respond. Note that, if you start a topic and others respond before your time constraints have expired, that you can modify your original post and make their response look as if they're answering something else, or that they don't understand what you wrote.

Moderators are a court of last resort, so to speak, but they're generally quickly accommodating to requests that posts be deleted or edited. That said, once people have started responding to your post/topic, you can always go back, with a new reply, saying "what I meant was..."

Does that help?

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 1:53:23 PM

Why? Simple - you could claim you never posted something. Once you click post, you have 10 minutes to edit it. After that it is permanent unless the mods remove it or you get banned.
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freedom27
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 1:04:48 PM

It does. However, I'm curious as to why the author can't delete a post they wrote.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:03:48 PM



Assuming you're asking if you can delete a post your wrote, the answer is no, you cannot. You can, however, contact the moderators, and provide a reason and request they remove your post or delete the topic you started.

If you're asking if you can edit a post you wrote, the answer is yes and not. You have a limited time frame during which you can click on the "Edit" button on the "Message Posted" line of your post and have a (further) limited time frame in which to make your edits and post your message. After the limited time frame expires (it's only several minutes), and you still want to make edits, you will need to contact the moderators to make changes to your post.

Does that answer your question or, because the wording of your topic title and original post seem to be incomplete, are you asking something else?

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