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Old 12-02-2007, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default Update to FAQ: Can I edit my own posts?

The faq does not mention that you must first be "Gifted" before you have access to the "modify" button - it just implies that anyone can edit posts. I've seen quite a few questions about it, and a mod who wasn't sure. Maybe a sentence should be added to that section of the guide? I'm sure the questions will still be asked , but some might read it.

The other option is to remove the restriction - it doesn't seem to matter much, other than making work for mods when someone makes a mistake. Why not let them correct themselves no matter how long they've been around? Their posting volume and interest in the gift exchange seem irrelevant.

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Old 12-02-2007, 02:39 AM   #2
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Default Re: Update to FAQ: Can I edit my own posts?

Aha! I made a boo boo and accidentally posted to a gifted thread (I used the new posts button instead of visiting indivial threads/subtopics, etc. and hadn't noticed WHERE I was posting) and as soon as I pressed submit I knew I was in the wrong (trying to win something I was not elligible for) but I could not take it back...Good suggestion to add that to the FAQ's as I had gone there to see if i could edit and how...I just thought there was a glitch in my post and the "modify button" was just missing....
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:37 AM   #3
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Default Re: Update to FAQ: Can I edit my own posts?

thats okay, im sure Justin andn some of the mods or admins will possibly delete the post or move it.... im not positive though. I have done those things a lot just look at any ones thread lol i am such a spazz
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:31 AM   #4
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Default Re: Update to FAQ: Can I edit my own posts?

View Post Originally Posted by tiggrmommi
Aha! I made a boo boo and accidentally posted to a gifted thread (I used the new posts button instead of visiting individual threads/subtopics, etc. and hadn't noticed WHERE I was posting) and as soon as I pressed submit I knew I was in the wrong (trying to win something I was not elligible for) but I could not take it back...
When this happens, remember you can flag your post (by clicking the red flag) and ask a Mod to delete it (or to move it, if applicable). Or if you happen to see someone else's post that is embarrassingly out of place, you can kindly flag it and ask a mod to move it as well.
View Post Originally Posted by williamson_39
The other option is to remove the restriction - it doesn't seem to matter much, other than making work for mods when someone makes a mistake. Why not let them correct themselves no matter how long they've been around? Their posting volume and interest in the gift exchange seem irrelevant.
williamson_39: I thought this at first too, but then I got to thinking about it and decided the restriction is good. Why? Well, what if a new member (with either a twisted sense of humor or bad intentions) decided to make a poll or ask a question, but then later--after one or two people had posted--sneaked back and changed the original question?

For example (I'm sure I'll think of a cleverer example later, but this will suffice for now & was inspired by my son...we read a lot of Dav Pilkey's Cap'n Underpants books):
original thread asks: "How many times a week do you eat donuts?"
1st poster: "I eat them every day and twice on Sunday."
2nd poster: "Can't get enough of them!"
3rd poster: "I can only eat them when my kids are at school, since I don't want to encourage bad habits. I get them and then hide them in the cupboard until no one's around, then I stuff my face!"
Then suppose the malicious-minded thread-starter promptly goes back and edits the post...
....modified thread now asks: "Do you eat your boogers?"!!

Of course, someone would flag the thread and it would get deleted, but still, the people who took the time to politely answer the original post may have their feelings hurt (and their time wasted). With this in mind, I think the can't-edit-until-gifted restriction is a good safeguard: people who are gifted have shown they have a vested interest in the forum and (hopefully) will act in a responsible manner for the good of the forum.

p.s. the main reason I sought gifted status was so I could edit my posts! Typos are embarrassing!
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:38 AM   #5
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Default Re: Update to FAQ: Can I edit my own posts?

Good points all. I was just going for less work for mods. I agree about the connection between being 'gifted' and demonstrating a committment to WI that makes abuse less likely.

BTW, in answer to Jillion's poll, I can't get enough of them....
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