Editing older posts...

Discussion in 'Network Information, Suggestions and Feedback' started by Ramiles, Jan 7, 2018.

  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY


    I noticed for some older posts I don't seem to have an "Edit" option... (This probably has been discussed though before perhaps? If so sorry about that ;-)

    The Sherwood Rangers in January 1945

    Is a post I can "edit" fine. Along with all the others done fairly recently.

    However this one the just prior post: from April 2015: and the other older ones in other threads too:
    The Sherwood Rangers in January 1945

    I don't have that access to edit for. e.g.

    In this case I just wanted to change the line: "24th January 1944" - to "24th January 1945"

    So it's only quite a minor change, but in some cases it might be a bit more necessary sometimes to change a bit more than this.

    All the best,

    Last edited: Jan 7, 2018
  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    If the mods/admin wish to make changes, the switch is located at:

    Admin Control Panel > Users Tab > Group Permissions > [Select Whichever Group Covers the Entire Membership] > Forum Permissions sub-heading > Time limit on editing/deleting own posts (minutes): [Change to unlimited or set a larger number].
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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    There is a reason members cant edit their older posts. Some already know why.

    edit: I've edited that year in post you mentoned from 1944 to 1945
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  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Spill the beans, Owen!
  5. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

    If he tells you why, he'll have to kill you:-P
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  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Could he let slip a few hints and then just beat me half to death?
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I've 'started a conversation' with you as to why the length of time members can edit their posts for was restricted.
  8. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    So I will instead. ;)

    It's cos we changed our 'edit any time' policy. (Our sister site had this in place for a long time already.)

    One month is a reasonable enough period in which to fix typos, etc.
  9. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    After that we can always quote to update etc.

    Still one whole month to edit in order to fix any mistakes, add extra info, etc.
  10. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    The point is, in may case, that someone has joined the site/ read an error I wrote and told me, and I would like to correct it in the original post

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  11. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    I understand ‘why’ there is a month limit, but given the 2 changes of software in my short time on the forum, I have noticed in older threads that ‘Quotes’ are no longer
    and if you are trying to follow a thread it is nigh-on impossible to do so and looks absolutely terrible.

    It would be good to have the ability to tidy up old threads, but not edit the content. Something like being able to make soft, but not hard, changes. Is this possible?
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I restricted the editing because of a disgruntled member being rather childish. Wanted to nip it in the bud.
    Hated doing it, as it goes against the spirit of how I see the place working... his destruction of the 'open sharing' style we hope for seemed more serious at the time, though.

    I think... I'm just going to switch full-time editing back on, as it pissed me off having to do it. Maybe restricted to people with a hundred or two posts, though.
    (And I agree with Steve. That cacking up of quotes in the switch to XF was the one thing that annoyed me. I mend them when I see them.)

    Gimme a day, or a few hours, or 10 minutes to think about it.
    The 'collective punishment' created by curtailing one childish nerk isn't really on.
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  13. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Star... and I just quoted you too! :D
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  14. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I think it would also help with tidying up some of the threads that Photobucket have messed up - in my casualty paybook thread I had assumed I could go in and tidy posts but as I couldn't I've added new posts so its a bit messy - I've got a fee other posts that it may be good to go back and add pictures back in.

  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The photobucket (spit) cluster-F is the clincher.
    Will sort edit permissions back to normal this weekend.
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I think I have switched unlimited editing back on.
    May have missed the odd usergroup, so shout out if you have a problem and I can do a more thorough sweep.
    Nagging feeling I've missed a button somewhere.
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  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    At first glance I thought you just called Adam a tool then saw it was a ! not an l.
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  18. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    I have seen one forum totally wrecked by a 'disgruntled' member who managed to get admin rights and then locked out the owner and wiped everything. Years back AHF changed their 'deletion' policy because one long-time member with posts in the multi-1000s went back and deleted every single one of his posts wrecking dozens of threads. I myself have been on the wrong end of 'disgruntled' members (elsewhere) who sneak back and edit posts I replied to in order to re-write history. Sadly the Internet is rife with such practise. As seen recently with both Hag Hopkins and Tubby Young criminally crazy people can use the 'edit' facility to go back and erase proof of their madness.
    One thing I hate is allowing long-standing members to 'resign' from a Forum. It means you can no longer find their posts by a name search. If you leave then just stop posting.
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  19. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Ha, ha, haa... funny!
  20. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I hope those who think it's perfectly fine to participate in / benefit from the forum but then change their minds and afterwards ruin threads (not only for all the folks who had taken the time and effort to respond but also people who might benefit or contribute later) will reconsider or perhaps limit themselves to PMs.

    For everyone else, some pointing at the obvious: If you don't want your particularly well-researched or useful responses to potentially drift contextless later on, I suggest you routinely quote the post you are replying to. This will of course only work for text, not for attachments / images. (I know in the past I quickly learned to quote certain individuals: ones who thought nothing of reversing the intent of their original posts, etc, etc.)
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