mfro wrote:If you had modified the original post, your change most likely will go unnoticed.
Correct, and personally I find it very annoying when people do this. Even worse - the last post only says "first post updated" and when you look at the first post you have no idea what has been updated.
Yes, I can see many reasons for allowing post editing. Correcting typos, removing personal information and so. I'm running a phpBB forum myself, and so far I've allowed unlimited post editing. This requires some discipline from the users (when editing your post, also write a note saying *what* you changed, and also be very careful about what you change) but so far it has worked well. But this feature has to be used with care - this is a *discussion forum*, it's not a wiki. If the users does not get this then I don't see the problem in disabling this feature.
One small example of annoying post editing is this thread
. It's getting confusing already in the second post, because the first post has been heavily edited.
You also need to consider the size of AF, in a forum with less volume and shorter history, abuse of this functionality is much easier to detect and deal with.
I've always been very adamant about adding an "edit" to my posts I edit if I add/change the content, even if I add something just 10 minutes later, it's only the occasional typo, formatting, estethics etc that I don't always mention that the post has been edited. But many do not. Sometimes people quote me before I have time to finish the edit, and without my edit note, the conversation would look quite odd at times, and for that reason I typically never edit a post (to add/change content) that someone already answered to, in a forum I think that is dishonest to the discussion... I may however fix a typo or formatting or something if it's messed up.
And yes, I see strange conversations sometimes, when ppl simply omit that they have edited their posts and people have answered their original post. Like someone else said, this is a forum, not a wiki.
No, this was a much overdue and needed change. The question should be how long should a post be open to be edited? Personally, I'd say until someone has replied...
*Edit* (now see what I did there) Now I do understand the argument of certain pinned threads, or first post in a thread, would benefit from being editeable. But how often is there really a need for that? Often enough to motivate everyone perpetual editing rights? Or seldom enough that it's a minor job mods can do for you when needed?