Originally Posted by overlord20
I just really don't like having to post and then put a note that says "Please Merge with OP" or the such. If you admins can see edited posts then editing the post after a flame fest could still render a user in trouble. And that way even more so if they try hiding it.
At the same time this creates extra work for the staff. As we would have to check every post in every thread to see if any were edited. then we would have to check those edits to see if there was a flame fest in order to take appropriate action. Instead of leaving the edit window to what it is now at 24 hours and seeing it outright without having to take such actions.
Originally Posted by Puddle Jumper
Would it be possible to set it up so the op in a thread can be edited for an unlimited amount of time while all other posts would retain the 24 hour limit? I like the limited editing window in general but I think it would be nice if the poster of a thread could update the original post to reflect any changes in the situation/problem as well as add any additional info they may have. It would also be convenient for guides and benchmarking threads.
I have not seen such an option in the ACP. That is not saying that there isnt a plugin or something that can do this though. We just never looked into it.
You guys have the wrong idea. It isnt that we want to tie members hands. But the truth is this, if we leave the edit window open that just creates extra work. As if someone reports a post and it is then edited we can see the original post. But if a member contacts us after the post was edited saying they were flamed but the post was edited before it was reported, then we would have to check that thread and every post by the included members of such an accusation.
Being an administrator of your own site you should know and understand that trying to uphold the rules of the site are very difficult. It isnt that we want to do such things, but over the lifetime of the site we have found that such things we have in place work for us.
If we left the edit window open all it does is create so much extra work. If we lock down the edit time it creates less work. It is far easier to deal with situations when they are present already and cant be edited or to just simply edit a post when a user requests it than it does to check every topic that has been active since our last visit for post edits for violations. It is for such a reason that we have the edit restriction in place. It saves us time and energy to do more for our members rather than spending our time looking for such things.