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'Last edited...' can this be delayed?

Discussion in 'Site Support' started by Maz, 30 Aug 2007.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Yet another minor point...

    When you've just posted a thread, 9 times out of 10 you then spot a few small typo's that you want to correct. As soon as you make the correction, the 'Last edited' footer appears underneath it.

    Could you delay the 'Last edited' footer from appearing for (say) 5 minutes from original posting? I know it's possible cos I've seen it on other forums that look identical in layout to this one.

    I think it just makes it look a lot neater and hides the fact that most of us are cack-handed typists.

    Cheers.
     
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    I agree. a 1 minute should be enough to fix my typing mistakes caused by my big fat sausage like fingers
     
  3. Pete

    Pete Guest

    I too would like a delay, for the same reasons. But we should bear in mind that this may confuse someone who has already read the post in the meantime, and then discovers that the meaning has changed. I wonder if it could be so arranged, that the 'edited' message does not appear if no-one has read or replied to the post in the meantime? But it all boils down to what the forum software can support, I suppose.
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Does it really matter? If you are correcting a typo, you just put 'typo' in the box. As we all do it sometimes, no-one's really going to think less of someone who makes the odd typo.

    There was a delay, but it was removed because of some confusion over whether people were correcting/changing their own posts within the time limit, when others had already picked up on the original post, and accusations of lying were flying (ooh, poetry!). I'd rather we kept it all as transparent as possible, to avoid any misunderstandings, and if that means typing 4 extra characters in a box every so often, it's not a big price to pay.

    Of course, you can just leave the box blank, although it may leave you open to questioning, if the discussion turns vehement.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    Like I said, it was only a miner point.
     
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    :biggrin:

    I'm not too bothered, to be honest, if people prefer having a 'window'. But I just think the benefits may outweigh the downsides.


    Something for Admin to decide anyway..... <pass the buck>...;)
     
  7. Pete

    Pete Guest

    HA!! Good candidate for a 'last edited by', Maz ... unless you were really referring to one of our doughty but dwindling band of subterranean coal-gathering operatives... ;):biggrin::biggrin:

    You got it right, in the OP, btw.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    I think I'll make my signature Last edited by Maz :... just to cover my tracks.
     
  9. I agree with Arch.

    I see the issue, because I regularly post using Quick Reply, the message is displayed-back, I think 'oops !' and promptly correct it.
    It's either typos, or when I re-read it it doesn't make sense and I want to reword it slightly.

    (it could be argued that perhaps I should be a bit less anal about speling;) or syntax and just leave it...)

    But if I do this and someone's read and is in the process of responding to it in the meantime, it can all get very confusing, so it's perhaps clearer if you get the 'edited by...' thing.


    And there was initially this suggested delay, but a row broke-out where someone was amending their posts with the intention of changing their meaning when challenged by someone else, then denying that they'd ever said it and they hadn't changed it - very messy.
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    This whole area is a political minefield.
     
  11. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    I originally removed the time-delay due to accusations of posts being modified and their content/context changed.

    However, I think that issue has been resolved now so I've modified the forum settings to allow a 2 minute delay before the "Edited ..." tag appears.

    So if you maek a spellink mistayke you can now editing you post to put it rite wivout the tag bieng added to you're post. ;)

    Cheers,
    Shaun
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Maz

    Maz Guru

    That sounds very reasonable to me. Thanks very much.