I am a chess player...
And one thing that makes the game funner and fairer is touch move...and once you take your hand off the piece the move is over. Without that rule players would have no discipline and the game would slip into chaos quickly. WHen i teach 5 year olds chess i teach them touch move...its good discipline and makes them think with there heads before they move...think with your head not with your fingers....perfect advice.
I see no reason why members should be allowed to edit their posts after they have posted. Especially after someone has commented on their post. In many cases it can make the poster after the fact look dumb unless he takes the time to quote the original poster first. Several times here on ES i have seen users respond to a post and the orginal poster just edit down his post which makes the responding poster looks silly...the responding poster then feels he should edit his post and it turns messy.
At-least editing posts after the fact should be discouraged...there should be a limit to number of posts one can edit in a week...or a time limit...lets say 10 minutes after posting. That would be my vote....10 minutes after making a post it become permanent...cannot be changed...a little less harsh than touch move.
These are easy setting in phpbb that could quickly be adjusted.
Also a lof of the fun of forums are the train wrecks that can sometimes happen when a poster types too hastily. Just as in chess...touch move forces users to be more careful on what they post. And if they arent careful bam....trainwreck...and like it or not trainwrecks are fun for fellow forum users to watch (I am guilty of a few of those trainwrecks) If you want less chaos on the forums...touch move may actually help that.
I recommend that ES goes to a touch move system..once you hit the post button...your turn is over...if you want to correct something you said....post again...and apologize.
By the way, before anyone jumps me, I will admit I am one of the most guilt for editing posts after the fact...i post too fast and type too fast thats for sure and go back later to clean up my errors because i can
....so i am not being hypocritical...i am just saying that guys like me should be tamed down. I promise that i would not type so fast and post so fast if this rule were implemented.
Posts here should be forever....as originally posted. When posters realize there posts are forever they will be more careful and diligent when posting.