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A change to edit times

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Lately, this really became a problem - users deleting content inside a thread/post once a few replies have been posted. The main problem with this is once the content is removed, the thread automatically loses its core. A good example would be a recent "action" by Heathie89 in this thread.

So here are the new restrictions:

Just Registered [0 Posts] Can't Edit
New Members [1-10 posts] 10 Minutes
Members [11-50 posts] 1 Hour
Active Members [50+ posts] 24 Hours
Contributors 1 Week
Experts 1 Week
Authors 1 Month
Mentors 3 Months

Member ranks at this moment have nothing to do with edit times. Once your allocated edit time passed, you will not be able to add content to the post (or remove it for the same reason).

I'd like to remind you that we do not delete threads/posts per request unless there is a rule violation. Therefore, think twice before you post - once on the Internet, it will always be on the Internet. No report or PM is going to change our stance on this.

Also, we are in the process of removing the [rules] tag, therefore users will no longer be able to tell other to follow the rules - the best you can do is report existing violations and it will be up to the moderators/admins/webmaster to decide what to do.

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11 October 2010 - 09:49 PM
This was a great idea Core! Thanks for implementing the times! Now, about that Rules tag...Is there a way to make it so that only Mentors/Mods/Admins can use it? It is pretty useful for moderating.


11 October 2010 - 10:19 PM
The rules tag will be turned off completely. There will be a "trash" forum for "Give me the code" topics and there is the Report button.

PS: Credit for the time limits implementation goes to skyhawk133.


11 October 2010 - 10:57 PM
What will happen to current posts with the rules tags? With them removed will the rules tags syntax be displayed?


12 October 2010 - 05:47 AM
Experts 1 Week
Authors 1 Month

and why authors cant edit their topics for 1 month :)
and i dont think that removing the [rules] tag is a good idea here is post that when i show him the rules he post a code and effort he made (even that he dont get the tags right):

but it`s your call any way :)


12 October 2010 - 07:10 AM
Let's just put it this way - leave the moderation to the Dream.In.Code team. The best you can do is report that post and we will take the appropriate decision.


12 October 2010 - 09:38 AM
fair enough but i still dont understand how Authors have the chance to change the topics for a month and the experts for a week :)

Curtis Rutland 

12 October 2010 - 10:51 AM

NoBrain, on 12 October 2010 - 09:38 AM, said:

fair enough but i still dont understand how Authors have the chance to change the topics for a month and the experts for a week :)

That does seem somewhat odd to me as well. I was an author before being promoted to expert. Does that mean that I'll have the month or week edit time? Not that I typically edit my old stuff, but I have a couple of articles I might want to keep updated.

Just curious, really.

Also, you mentioned the Rules tag, what about the Code emoticon? Will that remain, or will that be removed along with the rules tag?


12 October 2010 - 11:51 AM
Good catch. I'll look in to that as can see the problem.


13 October 2010 - 06:17 PM
Have you considered an additional "edit" ability to add below a message?

i.e. I'm a New Member, and I cannot edit my original message after 10 minutes. But say something critical was missing in order to understand the post and I notice it an hour later. It'd be nice to retain the power to add below my original message (and leaving that message unaltered) an edit line to clarify.

Not all edits well after-the-fact are negative, but this method would also enforce an accurate depiction of what was said so we can understand the replies.

Edit: (Like this :P ) Another idea could be a way to see 'previous versions', a-la wikipedia's "View History". I could see that being especially useful for tutorials/how-to's.

Just tossing ideas out there. I totally understand the need for this change from the thread pointed out. Keep up the good work!


13 October 2010 - 06:20 PM
For now, 10 minutes should be enough. If you see that something critical should be added, contact a Mentor that is active in the forum or write a PM to a moderator/admin.


14 October 2010 - 10:00 PM
Experts should be expert enough to not need to edit a post a week old. :P


16 October 2010 - 07:07 AM
even that this is kinda true then the mentors should not be able to edit their posts at all :P


18 October 2010 - 06:26 AM
@elgose, if you really really made a mistake, just add another post underneath it.


18 October 2010 - 06:41 AM
@Skyhawk133, Just wondering, would a minimum limit of letters/words not help as well? Or let the user not edit the very first post.


23 October 2010 - 03:32 PM
Not really. There are a number of threads that may be relatively short, but ask for pointers in the right direction or allow for discussion. And many of the users that edit their posts to remove context have more than one post, and even more than 10 posts. :)
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