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Old 10-17-2021, 11:08 PM   #1
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Default How do I edit or delete a post or thread?

I've seen this question posed by others, and the response was that there is an edit button on the post, but that person couldn't find it, and neither can I! I'm lost! Please advise! I'd hate to think if I have second thoughts about a comment or said something I need to correct I can't do it!

EDITED TO ADD: (LOL!) Yes, there is an edit button on this post, right now, but not on older ones. I am sure that's a setting in the forum software. Can a Mod please fix that so members don't have a strict time limit? There are instances when an edit is really necessary after that time expires!
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Old 10-18-2021, 12:11 PM   #2
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From what I have seen the Edit option exists for about 15 minutes after the post then goes away.
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Old 10-18-2021, 11:44 PM   #3
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From what I have seen the Edit option exists for about 15 minutes after the post then goes away.
Yes....that's how it works, but it doesn't have to. There are settings in the Moderator area where that timing can be adjusted or even eliminated.

I'm requesting we be allowed to edit our own posts and threads whenever we need to...I think that's a reasonable request.
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I'm requesting we be allowed to edit our own posts and threads whenever we need to
I disagree entirely ... especially on a site with a high number of dormant accounts. Way too much potential for bad actors. Stretch the time a little, sure. Eliminate entirely? Nah.
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Old 10-20-2021, 12:42 AM   #5
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I disagree entirely ... especially on a site with a high number of dormant accounts. Way too much potential for bad actors. Stretch the time a little, sure. Eliminate entirely? Nah.
You may have a point there, but how about when a member is making a specific request? I haven't heard from a Mod here asking if there is a particular post I'd like to edit.

As the founder of a large Harley on-line community forum, I can tell you that when a member had a concern, a mod would jump in and address it very quickly, and hopefully, to that member's satisfaction.

When a request couldn't be accommodated, the member's concern was addressed with an explanation as to why the request couldn't happen, or what could be done as a compromise. It was never simply ignored and left up to the members to debate, while they were powerless to effect any change.

Of course, forums like this used to be all over the internet, with a ton of daily traffic, and some of them had hundred if not thousands of posts per day.
Our site had quite a few Mods and a handful of Admin to run it. Nowadays, many of them are just left on "auto-pilot". If this is one of them, ok, I have to accept that. But this is one of the reasons Facebook has assimilated most of the former on-line communities. (Spoken by someone who, as I said, founded a large forum and watched it grow and grow, then, as Facebook evolved, shrink to a fraction of what it once was.)
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PM shrew your concerns if you want a faster response.
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Old 10-20-2021, 01:59 PM   #7
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Everyone needs to take a deep breath.

1) The scope of this post was to ask about the window of time to change a post. I actually think it's closer to 5 minutes than 15. It might be 10 min. However, the question to the post has been answered.

2) The length of time to allow changes to a post is not going to be changed. This forum is owned by Social Knowledge Network who owns dozens of forums for a variety of topics such as Rv's, investing as well as boating. This policy is set at the corporate level across all of the forums.

3) The purpose of the limit on changes is that once people have started to respond and quote, to change a post significantly earlier in the thread will disjoin the entire thread and it's subsequent posts. This renders the entire thread useless. To attempt to do inline clean up of dozens of subsequent posts as a result of a retoractive edit becomes administratively cumbersome. In addition the users who have their posts edited as a result tend to get annoyed that the moderators have gone in an edited their post, which is effectively their voice and their opinion.

4) At no point did anyone reach out to the moderators or site team and specifically ask that a post be modified.

5) Finally......If you look at the site policy, discussing moderation is against this and all other Social Knowledge Network forums policies. You are welcome to ask questions. Feel free to PM a moderator.
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