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Time Limit On Editing

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#4
It's either on or off per usergroup.

There is currently no way of limiting the amount of time a post is able to be edited.
 

KenSmith

Active member
#8
I am curious as to people's opinion on the time-limited editing issue.
I currently have a 48 hour limit on my boards, but get some requests to edit posts after the limit.
Anyone have horror stories to share about allowing unlimited editing? :)
 

Jake Bunce

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#9
Anyone have horror stories to share about allowing unlimited editing? :)
One time I had a user rage quit. He had thousands of posts and he edited them all to remove the content of each post. I had to go into a backup, isolate the relevant post records, and manually merge those records into the current database.

Now I allow 30 days for editing instead of unlimited.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#10
I had exactly the same Jake.

Fortunately I was online while the user was doing it so I calmly banned them and restored the lost post content.

I bet that annoyed them even more :D
 

Anthony Parsons

Well-known member
#11
Yep, this is why I'm asking as well, as I believe its an essential aspect that is missing, because I could not convert my main forum without the ability to limit post editing, as I implemented for the same reasons as above with people going nuts in a frantic outburst and suddenly a thousand or more posts say ************ in them. Whilst it can be undone in VB... that is mighty painful post by post.
 

Peter

Active member
#12
I am curious as to people's opinion on the time-limited editing issue.
I currently have a 48 hour limit on my boards, but get some requests to edit posts after the limit.
Anyone have horror stories to share about allowing unlimited editing? :)
Attachments get deleted, content changed to different things. There's no record and things become "he said/she said". It's a nightmare. The limit will save the hassle. Besides, I find that users just reply to their post or submit a new one after they find out they can no longer edit.
 

Peter

Active member
#13
Jake and Brogan are quite generous with their post edit limit. ;-)

For me, I can't think of a reason anyone would need more than a couple of days to go back and change what they posted.
 

Jesepi

Well-known member
#14
For me, I can't think of a reason anyone would need more than a couple of days to go back and change what they posted.
Users that maintain FAQ posts where information is constantly appended/updated would not like this feature. I could see using an edit time limit in particular areas on a forum, instead of an all or nothing setup.