Albert, on Sun Dec 14, 2008 1:24 AM, said:
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.
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.
Edited by ijor, Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:51 PM.