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Posted Fri Dec 26, 2008 12:44 AM
Posted Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:03 AM
Posted Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:27 AM
Well, this wouldn't necessarily help if a long-standing member suddenly decides he or she wants to basically "erase" all their previous posts. Someone could have excellent karma and still decide one day (for whatever reason) to go ahead and do that. The new forum software we'll be running soon does have a built-in reputation system that could easily be used to grant additional privileges as you described, but I'm not sure that I'm going to use it.
Would a kind of trust system work here at AtariAge? GameFAQs has the "karma" thing where you get "good karma" with each day you post, and you lose "good karma" when you posts have to be moderated or if you abuse the system in some way. More "good karma" = more privileges. It might help a person to isolate which users are going to cause more trouble, and which users don't mix well with what kinds of topics.
Posted Fri Dec 26, 2008 2:43 AM
I've increased the time to an hour.
Posted Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:16 AM
Yeah... Anyone who has 5000 or more posts can edit all they like.
Would a kind of trust system work here at AtariAge?
Posted Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:50 PM
I recently made a change to the way the post editing feature behaves. In the past, members have been able to edit posts indefinitely. Unfortunately, this privilege has been abused and I was forced to limit use of the "Edit" feature to within 15 minutes of when a post is first made.
Edited by ijor, Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:51 PM.
Posted Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:03 PM
I appreciate your feedback and sympathize with those for whom English is not their native tongue. I think an hour is a reasonable amount of time to go back and edit any mistakes in your posts. If you know you only have a limited window to edit your post, you'll hopefully be a bit more careful before submitting the post (the Preview button is your friend!), or at least you'll read it immediately after posting to see if there's anything you want to change.
Albert, with all due respect (and I honestly consider you a great sysadmin), I don't think this is right. I realize that some people abuse this privilege, but I believe that the innocent should not pay for the guilty. And this is what is happening with this policy.
For many of us, english is not our mother language. And we often see our spelling/grammar errors much later than 15 minutes (or one full hour, as I see you changed it). And yes, I always preview and check before post. We might ask you for a special extension when this happens, but most of us won't; and if we do, I guess you'll become too tired This is just an example for a very valid reason to edit, I'm sure there are many more.
At the very least I should extend this time well over the current period. I don't know how much control you have over this feature (if it is standard for the forum software, or if you developed it), but a possible better compromise would be to enable some kind of version history. Say, free edit for X time. After that, you still can edit, but only for a maximum of N times, and anybody would be able to read your editing history. I realize this is far from trivial to implement, just an idea.
Posted Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:40 PM
Before this stuff was brought up at various times, I thought the forum software kept track of edits. I thought it had some kind of built-in backup system.
I may further increase the length of time the Edit window is available, although possibly not before I implement a system that actually keeps a history of post edits. Then if someone goes back and edits a post (say, perhaps they said something derogatory and then edited that post before a mod or admin was able to see it), I will be able to look at the previous version of the post before it was changed.
Edited by Random Terrain, Sun Dec 28, 2008 8:40 PM.
Posted Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:06 PM
Posted Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:56 PM
That would be awesome if the software could back up what was posted before an edit. Then, although I might make a complete *censored* of myself, I can go back and change it so that only Al and the mods can see that I made a complete *censored* of myself and I can save face in front of the masses.
Posted Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:04 AM
Posted Thu Jan 8, 2009 3:23 AM
Posted Thu Jan 8, 2009 5:18 AM
Al, could you allow me to edit this post indefinitely: Comprehensive Plug-and-Play Listing, post #1? That's where I keep my list of all plug-and-play video game systems that I know about, current and historical versions. I've maintained it since the end of 2005, adding a new version of the list to the post roughly every 3 months. I didn't know about the new editing policy until I tried to upload an update today and thought I was going nuts because I couldn't find the edit button.
Also, this one is less important, since it's just a personal data post, but I'd like to be able to edit this post: Classic Arcade Pinball TV Game personal high scores. As you can see, I posted my high scores once and then just continued to keep it up to date whenever I set a new high.
Thanks for your consideration.
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