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    What, if anything, has happened to the edit button?
    I noticed it was missing, today, or have I got that wrong?
    Also I tried to post around one hour ago and was told the message did not have enough characters. I assume that means words, but I had more, in my post, than the minimum mentioned.


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    I found the edit button and used it but my edit didn't appear in the post. I posted a reply instead.


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    Members have 20 minutes to edit a thread or post. After this time, the button does not appear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halliday View Post
    What, if anything, has happened to the edit button?
    I noticed it was missing, today, or have I got that wrong?
    Also I tried to post around one hour ago and was told the message did not have enough characters. I assume that means words, but I had more, in my post, than the minimum mentioned.
    If you quoted someone, the quoted characters will not count towards the total. If you can link me to the post I can research it further.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Halliday View Post
    What, if anything, has happened to the edit button?
    I noticed it was missing, today, or have I got that wrong?
    Also I tried to post around one hour ago and was told the message did not have enough characters. I assume that means words, but I had more, in my post, than the minimum mentioned.
    If you quoted someone, the quoted characters will not count towards the total. If you can link me to the post I can research it further.
    I must have counted "quoted characters" and I now understand why the edit button did not appear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    Members have 20 minutes to edit a thread or post. After this time, the button does not appear.
    So, if I understand this, we have a finite amount of time to edit, and then we won't be able to anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcane_Mathematician View Post
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    Members have 20 minutes to edit a thread or post. After this time, the button does not appear.
    So, if I understand this, we have a finite amount of time to edit, and then we won't be able to anymore?
    Yes. If the edit button was enabled indefinitely, there could be some unwanted consequences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
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    Members have 20 minutes to edit a thread or post. After this time, the button does not appear.
    So, if I understand this, we have a finite amount of time to edit, and then we won't be able to anymore?
    Yes. If the edit button was enabled indefinitely, there could be some unwanted consequences.
    ?? huh, like what?
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    We've had people in the past that attack other members and when they retaliate without quoting, they in turn quote the retaliation and ninja-edit their original attack. Then it looks like the guy defending himself was the original offender. I realise it might be inconvenient, but I think it is not a bad idea. 20 Min should ordinarily be more than enough time to correct quoting and spelling mistakes. If you wanted to edit a post of yours outside of the 20 min for some reason, please feel free to PM me your request and I'll make the change for you. Well also merge your posts for you if you decide to add further thoughts later on. A request in the post itself should be enough for that.
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    Ahhh, cool I didn't think of that part of things, even though I should have. No problem!
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    Hi, I am just wondering, should I choose to leave how do I go about removing all the clutter(threads,posts) I have posted ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Time Taken View Post
    Hi, I am just wondering, should I choose to leave how do I go about removing all the clutter(threads,posts) I have posted ?
    Members have 20 minutes to edit a post. Beyond this, members cannot delete posts or threads. Good luck with finding the science forum that is right for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    We've had people in the past that attack other members and when they retaliate without quoting, they in turn quote the retaliation and ninja-edit their original attack. Then it looks like the guy defending himself was the original offender. I realise it might be inconvenient, but I think it is not a bad idea. 20 Min should ordinarily be more than enough time to correct quoting and spelling mistakes. If you wanted to edit a post of yours outside of the 20 min for some reason, please feel free to PM me your request and I'll make the change for you. Well also merge your posts for you if you decide to add further thoughts later on. A request in the post itself should be enough for that.
    I was thinking more along the lines of removing your own posts from your own threads or even complete threads. I am fallible and at times type without thinking, I apologise but it's part of my condition. When I am well however I would like to be able to clear up "ramblings".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Time Taken View Post
    I was thinking more along the lines of removing your own posts from your own threads or even complete threads. I am fallible and at times type without thinking, I apologise but it's part of my condition. When I am well however I would like to be able to clear up "ramblings".
    If members could delete their own threads, replies to the thread would also be deleted, which has an effect on the post counts of others. If you have a specific request please report the post and we will try to help you.
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    Are all posts/threads kept when someone leaves ?

    Or rather can they be wiped on request ?
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    The general process has been to keep all posts.
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    Thank you all.
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    Hey this is Theh Interwebz. Whatever you post will be out there for all eternity. If you don't like that, think long and hard before you hit the 'POST" button.
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    A bit late for that
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    Besides, you are anonymous. Why care?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    If members could delete their own threads, replies to the thread would also be deleted, which has an effect on the post counts of others.
    Umm. Do we really care about people's post count? I'm not sure I do - there are many members here with high post counts who have never been known to say anything even remotely worth reading.

    I agree that THREAD deletion should be the sole prerogative of Admins and mods. I am not sure I especially like the 20 min rule for POST deletion/modification. There has been many an occasion when I have posted complete garbage and, red-faced, went back to correct it.

    On the other hand, it cannot be acceptable, as someone else hinted, that if you boob and another member corrects you, to then go back and edit your post to make it look like you never boobed at all!

    I would prefer as a compromise to allow indefinite modifications to ones own post unless and until a reply has been posted.

    That said, I have been known to leave the "preview post" window open for up to an hour while I mull over whether my potential post has any merit, a strategy I commend to all users.

    PS by edit Case in point: Looking back I see that the old software DID allow indefinite time for edits, and being an honest sort of chap, if I realized I had boobed, or if someone had pointed it out to me, I would go back and edit with a [ color =red ] This is an edit [ /color ] note.

    Being a computer illiterate, I don't know whether or not this can be built in to the site
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist View Post
    Umm. Do we really care about people's post count? I'm not sure I do - there are many members here with high post counts who have never been known to say anything even remotely worth reading.
    I'm pretty sure a lot of people care about their post count.

    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist View Post
    I agree that THREAD deletion should be the sole prerogative of Admins and mods. I am not sure I especially like the 20 min rule for POST deletion/modification. There has been many an occasion when I have posted complete garbage and, red-faced, went back to correct it.
    Then that brings the question of "editing" an entire thread and replacing it with a period or something after a reply has been made. Sometimes replies can happen almost instantly.

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    On the other hand, it cannot be acceptable, as someone else hinted, that if you boob and another member corrects you, to then go back and edit your post to make it look like you never boobed at all!
    Very true.

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    I would prefer as a compromise to allow indefinite modifications to ones own post unless and until a reply has been posted.
    Thanks for your suggestion.

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    That said, I have been known to leave the "preview post" window open for up to an hour while I mull over whether my potential post has any merit, a strategy I commend to all users.
    I use it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist View Post
    Case in point: Looking back I see that the old software DID allow indefinite time for edits, and being an honest sort of chap, if I realized I had boobed, or if someone had pointed it out to me, I would go back and edit with a [ color =red ] This is an edit [ /color ] note.

    Being a computer illiterate, I don't know whether or not this can be built in to the site
    I think that may have been because you were a Moderator. I don't believe the forum was setup that way but I cannot be sure. Thanks for your suggestions though.
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    I will note that with the old software that yes everyone was able to add coloration to their posts not just mods, it was not a common practice though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleoichneum View Post
    I will note that with the old software that yes everyone was able to add coloration to their posts not just mods, it was not a common practice though
    What do you mean by coloration?
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    testing colour
    testing colour
    testing colour

    no, that appears to work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
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    I was thinking more along the lines of removing your own posts from your own threads or even complete threads. I am fallible and at times type without thinking, I apologise but it's part of my condition. When I am well however I would like to be able to clear up "ramblings".
    If members could delete their own threads, replies to the thread would also be deleted, which has an effect on the post counts of others. If you have a specific request please report the post and we will try to help you.
    The intellectual integrity is far more important than the post count... In a science board, the real contributors that add in real information do not care about post count.

    And the old software allowed indefinite edits but would leave a footnote at the bottom of posting informing of an edit, number of edits, and time of last edit.
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