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#1 skeptic

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 02:11 AM

Have searched the entire Forum, but have yet to find where I might be able to edit a post after it is actually uploaded.  Since I seem to always find an issue with stuff after the fact, I would really like to be able to fix it; or at least make it make more sense.  


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#2 Rick_in_CA

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 02:54 AM

I find I can edit a post if I catch things quickly. I read in another thread that you only have 15 minutes to edit a post. After that things are not editable.
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#3 packsaddle

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 05:35 AM

Skeptic, can you see the 'edit' button if you hover the cursor down in the bottom row where the 'thanks' and 'quote' buttons are? If not, we can refer your situation to the gurus.


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#4 skeptic

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 09:32 AM

Nope; have Report, Thanks, MultiQuote, Quote, and Mark Solved.  No edit.


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#5 Scouter99

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 04:37 PM

I had an edit button, but I was only able to use it once.  After my first edit, the button disappeared.  I don't know if this is a time-out issue as Rick alluded to, or a forum setting that is limiting us to one edit per post.

 

I do know that IPB software has the ability to allow users to edit posts as often as they want for as long as they want.  I've been using another IPB forum for 7 years, and as long as the thread has not ben locked, I can go back and edit my posts from 7 years ago, and I can edit them as many times as I like.

 

Whether is a time-out, or a limit, it's an admin option somewhere and someone just needs to flip the switch.

 

edit: I'm testing things now.

edit 2: I'm getting a second edit, so it's not a limit on # of edits.  Now I'll wait 15 minutes and see if the edit button is gone.


Edited by Scouter99, 22 May 2015 - 04:38 PM.

"The numbers in a Troop should preferably not exceed thirty two. I suggest this number because in training boys myself I have found that sixteen was about as many I could deal with - in getting at and bringing out the individual character in each. I allow for other people being twice as capable as myself and hence the total of thirty-two."

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#6 Scouter99

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 06:33 PM

Yep, it's a time-out issue.

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And after 15+ minutes, edit disappears.

 

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"The numbers in a Troop should preferably not exceed thirty two. I suggest this number because in training boys myself I have found that sixteen was about as many I could deal with - in getting at and bringing out the individual character in each. I allow for other people being twice as capable as myself and hence the total of thirty-two."

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#7 NJCubScouter

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 03:39 PM

All Members of the forum should be able to edit their posts for a limited time period after posting. Based on the discussion in this forum, SCOUTER-Terry has increased the time period from about 15 minutes to 1 hour. It is my understanding that this was the time limit on edits in the past, or at least part of the past.
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#8 Gone

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 07:30 AM

A quick review of the ip board software says this is a feature covered by either a time based limit on editing or a given number of replies logged between posting and desire to edit.

Fix: Read your post before posting. ;)
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#9 Scouter99

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 05:06 PM

A quick review of the ip board software says this is a feature covered by either a time based limit on editing or a given number of replies logged between posting and desire to edit.

Fix: Read your post before posting. ;)

There does not have to be any limit on editing; I can edit posts from 5 years ago on the other IPB forum I frequent.


"The numbers in a Troop should preferably not exceed thirty two. I suggest this number because in training boys myself I have found that sixteen was about as many I could deal with - in getting at and bringing out the individual character in each. I allow for other people being twice as capable as myself and hence the total of thirty-two."

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#10 Gone

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 06:12 PM

There does not have to be any limit on editing; I can edit posts from 5 years ago on the other IPB forum I frequent.

 

Right, that's a admin setting. If they wanted to change it they could.


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#11 John-in-KC

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 09:53 AM

Scouter-TERRY provides this to the Scouting community as his gift to Scouters. 

 

Bad Wolf's comment below nails it.

 

Fix: Read your post before posting. ;)


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#12 packsaddle

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 12:10 PM

Fix: Read your post before posting. ;)

 

I agree.


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#13 Scouter99

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 12:33 PM

Scouter-TERRY provides this to the Scouting community as his gift to Scouters.

 

I fail to see how discussing ways to improve users' experience amounts to ungratefulness.  Or am I reading passive-aggressiveness into your post that isn't there?  Let me know within an hour and I will edit my response.  See, there's one non-typo reason to not limit editing, already ;)  The other day, LeCastor wanted me to edit a certain word out of a post; I was happy to, but it was impossible.  Two. 

Of the forums I visit, this is actually the only forum out of a dozen or so where editing is cut off.  It's simply strange, thus my input on the matter.


Edited by Scouter99, 27 May 2015 - 12:57 PM.

"The numbers in a Troop should preferably not exceed thirty two. I suggest this number because in training boys myself I have found that sixteen was about as many I could deal with - in getting at and bringing out the individual character in each. I allow for other people being twice as capable as myself and hence the total of thirty-two."

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#14 packsaddle

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 01:02 PM

The one hour thing was the norm for the old forums of long ago. It was accepted by everyone back then. I see how it would be confusing for people to respond to a message and years later find that they had responded to something quite different because of a 'long after' edit. It seems like anyone serious about what they write to the internet ought to be satisfied with it when they hit the 'submit' button. An hour used to be a gracious plenty of time to reconsider what we've written. I should know - I've cringed when I spotted a grammatical error that became enshrined for posterity. So I just try to do better as a result. Or...try to get it right the first time.

 

Edit: I'll go further and state that if a politician decided to try to change something they wrote for public consumption five years after they wrote it (and I suspect a lot of them might like to), most of us would label that as a deceptive action. To me, it could constitute a lie. Fifteen minutes seems too short. An hour seems generous enough.


Edited by packsaddle, 27 May 2015 - 01:10 PM.

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Posted 27 May 2015 - 01:43 PM

 

Edit: I'll go further and state that if a politician decided to try to change something they wrote for public consumption five years after they wrote it (and I suspect a lot of them might like to), most of us would label that as a deceptive action. To me, it could constitute a lie. Fifteen minutes seems too short. An hour seems generous enough.

 

You clearly don't follow national politics. ;)

 

When Congressmen step up to speak on literally anything they usually preface their comments with, "I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks." That allows them to revise anything they say after the fact.

 

Should see what some of our past presidents have done. ;)


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#16 packsaddle

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 01:21 AM

:laugh:


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#17 NJCubScouter

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 08:08 AM

There also is a "preview" option that makes it easier to see what your post is going to look like, especially if there is any "coding" in the post. You have to click "More Reply Options" to get to the "preview" feature.

I agree with Packsaddle that the ability to edit posts sometimes creates an issue if someone has already responded to your post and you change what they have responded to. On the other hand, it is good to be able to go back to something you have just posted and fix things that you missed, or add something that you thought of right after you posted it (although in the latter case you can just write another post.) The time limit is a good... well, there's that word again... compromise.
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#18 Stosh

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Posted 28 May 2015 - 09:25 AM

I  have found  that when I reply using a different font/color it doesn't always carry over to the post and I have to go back and redo the fonts/colors again. 


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