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Editing posts
By: richard
Rank: Starfleet Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Postings: 32
From: Australia
Posted: Sun, 19 December, 2010 - 10:51 PM

Is editing posts enabled for higher reputation?
By: speedbird_admin
Rank: Starfleet Lieutenant
Postings: 79
From: Camas, Washington
Posted: Sun, 19 December, 2010 - 10:55 PM

Currently editing posts is not enabled, that is the functionality I still need to work on, since it is in beta it is not a big deal, it'll take me about a week to add editing posts functionality, now I have a question for the community:

Should we allow the edition of the postings? - I mean, a question's meaning can change drastically if edited, or, if a "history" is available, what is the best way to implement such functionality?
By: richard
Rank: Starfleet Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Postings: 32
From: Australia
Posted: Sun, 19 December, 2010 - 10:58 PM

editing works well for SO atleast - people comment on the question, the asker clarifies their question, and responders modify theirs.
You could show a history of changes, but that is a lot more work.
By: speedbird_admin
Rank: Starfleet Lieutenant
Postings: 79
From: Camas, Washington
Posted: Sun, 19 December, 2010 - 11:06 PM

That's my point. I've seen countless of times that a question in SO is "modified" and 60% of the answers relate to a subject that has changed so much that it does not make sense anymore.

In a perfect world, where everyone updated their responses to accommodate changes in the original question this would be desirable, I find this confusing in SO and sometimes plain misleading...
By: richard
Rank: Starfleet Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Postings: 32
From: Australia
Posted: Sun, 19 December, 2010 - 11:26 PM

yeah and then an answer gets marked down because it is no longer relevant.

Still, I think the benefits outweigh this.

If you really want to avoid this atleast the question asker should be able to edit their post soon after in case of errors.
By: speedbird_admin
Rank: Starfleet Lieutenant
Postings: 79
From: Camas, Washington
Posted: Sun, 19 December, 2010 - 11:29 PM

Right, maybe give them a time window for changes... that would not be hard to implement and the SysAdmin, can always go and fix things for good in the worst case..
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