Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: Enable editing in Tech News

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    /dev/belgium
    Posts
    1,946

    Default Enable editing in Tech News

    It'll be nice to be able to edit posts in the tech news subforum. Why is it disabled anyways? I sometimes forget to post a link to a story and have to make a second post just for that in the thread. Or while typing fast, I click on reply and see after that various typo's in my post which I can't correct at all after that, or add additional info to my post That's really stupid not to allow editing in the tech news subforum

  2. #2
    platinum NNTP User

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    microchip8 wrote:
    > That's really stupid not to allow editing in the tech news
    > subforum


    imo, not typing too fast, spell checking, and thorough proofreading
    (including making sure referenced URLs are included, and valid) are
    all excellent means in overcoming "really stupid"..

    --
    platinum

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    N40 44.977 W073 59.356
    Posts
    1,170

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    microchip8 wrote:
    > It'll be nice to be able to edit posts in the tech news subforum. Why is
    > it disabled anyways? I sometimes forget to post a link to a story and
    > have to make a second post just for that in the thread. Or while typing
    > fast, I click on reply and see after that various typo's in my post
    > which I can't correct at all after that, or add additional info to my
    > post That's really stupid not to allow editing in the tech news
    > subforum
    >
    >

    IIRC, editing is disabled in all forums after 10 minutes due to the NNTP
    issues. Are you talking about that or is the edit not working right
    after you make a post?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    /dev/belgium
    Posts
    1,946

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    Quote Originally Posted by platinum View Post
    microchip8 wrote:
    > That's really stupid not to allow editing in the tech news
    > subforum


    imo, not typing too fast, spell checking, and thorough proofreading
    (including making sure referenced URLs are included, and valid) are
    all excellent means in overcoming "really stupid"..

    --
    platinum
    IMO, you're being and idiot once again with your flawed criticism. Like you never wrote a whole post, forgot to add something to it (or something just popped in you mind *after* you posted that you would very much like to add to the post), right?... right

    @69

    No, it's completely disabled in the Tech Forum, as in you click on post and there's no way to edit it - the button is not even there

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    N40 44.977 W073 59.356
    Posts
    1,170

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    microchip8 wrote:
    >
    > @69
    >
    > No, it's completely disabled in the Tech Forum, as in you click on post
    > and there's no way to edit it - the button is not even there
    >
    >


    I'll see if I can check it out. If not I will bring this up to Kim's
    attention.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    /dev/belgium
    Posts
    1,946

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    Thanks 69

    That'll be great. It's not only me that makes mistakes and I've seen many others where they forget to add something and need to post again just to add it, or sometimes their posts are with (spelling) mistakes which they can't correct at all.

  7. #7

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    You obviously don't read the Guardian. News is supposed to have spelling mistakes in; that's what proves how 'new' it is.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Utah, USA, Earth, Milky Way
    Posts
    7,593
    Blog Entries
    3

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    FYI you can always edit for 10 minutes after you post. I suggest that proofreading before posting is good practice. Of course, I'm not perfect and when I see I made a mistake, I can always post a followup message.

    Here are the reasons for the editing restrictions. First and foremost, if unlimited editing is enabled, and there are replies to postings, an edit to the parent message could negate the validity of any responses and could potentially be dangerous to someone that is reading through the thread and takes actions suggested in responses that are no longer applicable to the original message or problem. In simple terms, here is an example....an extreme example for certain, but it gets across the point:

    ORIGINAL: I love fishing
    RESPONSE 1: Me too! I take my wife every weekend.
    RESPONSE 2: It's my favorite pastime
    RESPONSE 3: Wanna get together sometime?

    Now if the original message is changed to: I love pornography and orgies.

    See how the context and apparent meaning of the replies changes?

    Another reason for the 10 minute editing restriction is that our gateway to the NNTP interface runs every 10 minutes. The NNTP protocol doesn't support editing existing messages so NNTP users will never see any edit that happens on the web. This could be problematic, again, because as the thread goes on, web and NNTP users will think they are talking about the same thing but won't be.

    Life is full of compromises and when we set up these forums that was one compromise that everyone involved could live with. Edit within 10 minutes or just post a follow up message. Nothing is lost.
    My computer always used to beat me at chess, but it is no match for me since I changed the competition to kick boxing

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    /dev/belgium
    Posts
    1,946

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News

    Kim, I wasn't talking about unlimited editing. I was talking about the fact that one can't edit his posts in the tech forum... AT ALL. There's no "edit" button when you click on reply - try it yourself as a "normal" user.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    /dev/belgium
    Posts
    1,946

    Default Re: Enable editing in Tech News


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •