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    #1

    Edit time limit

    I think there should be a time limit for editing posts; e.g. five or ten minutes beyond which editing should not be allowed.

    It is really confusing and frustratingly time wasting for us to loop (as Eckaslike put it) through a thread trying to work out some apparent anomaly.

    I say this with these two current threads in mind:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...he-more-torque
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...9701-Inversion

    It would be much better if we could see the full (unaltered) history of the point being discussed.

    Moderators would (obviously) be exempt from this time limit.

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    Re: Edit time limit

    We put in a time limit for deleting posts to stop people deleting threads after people had answered. The problem with doing the same for editing is that people cannot correct typos. I can, however, see your point. I'm open-minded on the issue- let's see what others think.

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    #3

    Re: Edit time limit

    As a born-again typophile, I value the extra time I have to correct my slips. I have even been able to go back to a post some twenty minutes after I submitted it and corrected factual mistakes that I had missed. If someone has noticed and commented on my mistake, I correct it in the original, so that others are not misled, and then submit another post saying what I have done.

    The people who do what teechar complained about are very annoying - they can make a helpful post appear pointless if it refers to the now-corrected original. However, we do not seem to have many of these thoughtless people and, when they appear, they can be asked not to do it again. The majority probably don't realise how unhelpful their action is, and don't do it again when this is pointed out to them Repeat offenders can be dealt with by the mods.

    So, my vote is for not changing the present system.

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    #4

    Re: Edit time limit

    I also would not change the current system.

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    #5

    Re: Edit time limit

    I can sympathize with Teechar's point, but I too, value the ability to go back and correct my own typos and careless mistakes I make. Sometimes I don't even find them until hours or days later, and I like being able to correct them. I've participated in forums where there is a time limit, and have found it very frustrating.

    My preference is to keep it as it is.

    Perhaps make a sticky thread about not editing/deleting content, or even add it to the forum rules?

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    #6

    Re: Edit time limit

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I also would not change the current system.

    I agree with MikeNewYork.

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    #7

    Re: Edit time limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Perhaps make a sticky thread about not editing/deleting content, or even add it to the forum rules?
    We can try to go for that, or suggest that people give the reason for editing, but most people do skip things like rules, so it would only have a limited impact.

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    #8

    Re: Edit time limit

    I think that if someone does it, you point out the problem with doing so, as suggested above, and that person probably won't do it again.

    People who make it a habit to repeatedly change their posts can be dealt with - or we can simply quote their original post in our replies so any changes to their original post become pointless.

    I like being able to fix my typos and it's something I miss being able to do on English Forums, where as a retired mod I no longer have that privilege. Especially when I make so many posts from my phone and can't edit anything, even my own post from 20 seconds before. I think others appreciate the ability to do that too.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: Edit time limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I like being able to fix my typos and it's something I miss being able to do on English Forums, where as a retired mod I no longer have that privilege.
    I am in the same position. After a bad day of typos over there, I sometimes feel like un-retiring just to be able to get my editing time back. We non-mods at UE are fortunate to have this facility. I really don't want to lose it.

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