| 12-02-2007, 10:31 AM || #4 |
Join Date: Aug 2007
| | Re: Update to FAQ: Can I edit my own posts?
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.
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...
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?
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.
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?"Then suppose the malicious-minded thread-starter promptly goes back and edits the post...
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!"
....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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