Edit Button and Other Suggestions | Debbie's Caribbean Resort Reviews Forums

A few members have expressed some concern as to how the edit button is set up.As it stands now, a member may edit their own post for a short time after posting. This gives the opportunity to correct spelling or grammatical mistakes if they are spotted quickly. It also gives a bit of time if someone thinks "Doh, I shouldn’t have said that," to reword their comment before it creates too much disruption.Unfortunately, if most people are like me, they may not spot their errors or an unfortunate wording, until it is too late to make the edit.On the good side, it does help to keep a thread understandable. If someone were to go back and edit their post after there has been a lot of discussion based on something they said, it can make the rest of the discussion confusing, or even unintelligible.I see a big part of my function as a moderator to be helping to make the forum work for the members, and to help make it a positive experience for all. So, I would like to invite everyone to join this discussion and express their opinions on how the edit function should be handled.A couple of thoughts:

  1. If the current approach stays, where the edit function is disabled after a time, someone who needs an edit could send a message to Admin, or one of the moderators to request an edit (with an explanation, if it is not obvious why).
  2. If edits were to be allowed indefinitely, the person who edits his/her post should add a note to explain why it was edited.

Please feel free to make any suggestions.

I would support having the edit button disabled after a short time, which as you wrote would allow an opportunity to correct spelling, grammar, etc. If someone posted something that they (at some point in the future … maybe after a few hours?) wanted to do major editing on, or to explain their thoughts differently, they could do so by adding another post. Thanks for moving this to the Off-Topic section.

As madrugada mentioned there is always option that someone can contact me or mods for changes or simply make new post instead of editing old one. Right now everyone has enough time to read post and correct mistakes before edit button is disabled.

Making a new post to clarify, or offer further explanation is usually the best way overall. I think that if a post must be edited for any reason than correcting a spelling mistake, or such, it is usually a good idea to add a note as to why the post has been edited. I admit I probably haven’t always followed my own advice on that, but I hope none of us would edit something in a way that changes the whole meaning of what we have said.

Unfortunately, if most people are like me, they may not spot their errors or an unfortunate wording, until it is too late to make the edit.

On the good side, it does help to keep a thread understandable. If someone were to go back and edit their post after there has been a lot of discussion based on something they said, it can make the rest of the discussion confusing, or even unintelligible.

Common sense should prevail here. If one was making major changes, adding another post or explaining that you have edited your post and why, would be appropriate. Another forum I frequent that has a similar set up to here actually requests that you edit rather than adding a post if the information is to be added to what you have already said. I wonder how hard it would be to write a software routine to require checking off a reason for editing before said edit could be posted?

Since I apparently started this, I will ring in.I prefer the edit function as is but do strongly object to anyone else editing my posts.

Especially with a TA member name! If mods/admin find it unacceptable remove it, don’t change it.

Common sense should prevail here.
Unfortunately many times there is no common sense. There is 30 minutes window where members can edit/delete post and I believe its more than enough time to fix spelling mistakes or simply do edits, delete posts etc but writing something and editing after thread already got other posts is not ok as thread loose its value and meaning.
I like things the way they are and 30 minutes seems a reasonable amount of time for corrections, rewording, etc.

Thanks for taking this on quickly and asking for input. That’s a sign of a well run forum!

So here is an example of what I was talking about. Yesterday I made a post and this morning I reread it and noticed an error, which I would have corrected if I still could. Years ago when I stayed at Sol Luna Mares we went for an escorted hike a visited and "zoo" of sorts. Just a few sad animals and birds in cages in the forest, nothing special.

The "a" and "and" should be reversed. No big deal, certainly correcting it wouldn’t change anything in the thread, but it annoys me to read it and not be able to fix it. Guess I have to remember to reread within 30 minutes, even when I am in a hurry!! But I find little things like that slip by and you don’t notice them until a subsequent perusal. When I write I touch type and often don’t catch typos, etc. until I have printed the article I am working on.

Just a few more comments:The 30 minute rule seems to me to be a reasonable compromise. Being a ham-handed typist myself, I often find it frustrating to read one of my own posts from a few days ago and see an annoying typo. I can sympathise with eeeefarm on that one.I agree that moderators really shouldn’t edit someone else’s post without letting them know, and probably should get prior permission. I expect that the intent in the case Beansntoast mentions was just to try to be helpful.I can see where having a post edited by someone else can leave one with the uncomfortable feeling that something may get changed without the member’s knowledge, and that it could change the meaning of the comment. We moderators should always try to avoid doing that sort of thing.

I like the idea of adding an explanatory comment as a new post when something seems to need clarification or if a comment was worded badly and was not taken the way it was intended. I have also seen that backfire, but it seems there is no perfect solution, so if most people are comfortable with a 30-minute rule, then it probably should stay that way.

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