TylerDurden wrote:Original work under copyright uploaded to a board must be used with permission. Because its integrity exists outside of the board, its inclusion or deletion has no bearing on the work-owners' rights.
Original work published directly to a board falls under the EULA (or terms of service, etc.); which usually includes revision-at-will language, to further protect the owner's ability to revise and update EULA terms as needed.
You can give it a rest with the legal nonsense, as if there is going to be legal ramifications or something as a result of members actions here. *rolls eyes*.
It seems that 1 hour to edit a post is plenty. At another board the time limit is 30 minutes. the same argument goes on over there and this is since 1997!
1.This is a sore subject on any board and will never be resolved by the community. Posting a poll about it was a mistake to begin with as this is a policy matter and should be handled by the staff. We see that this realization dawned upon the staff when they went against 70+% of the membership. Having said that, they made the right decision in the end. When the decision was made an EXPLANATION should have been given to the community as to why something was done. Maybe it was - I didn't look as I don't really care about this issue that much- it's pretty much a no-brainer.
2. Without a limit on post editing, there will come a day when someone will get caught in a lie or whatever and will try to backtrack and cover their ass with edits. Leaving the thread useless for future visitors. For this reason and others it is common practice to have an edit time limit.
3. In the event that there is some glaring mistake or misinformation that is important to the integrity of the boards, then the member can PM and Admin and that Admin can edit the post for that member and place an appropriate editing message. Or as mentioned previously, a member can post a correction to the tread in another post and another crisis shall have passed.
Another pitfall that the staff here ought to be concerned about
is that even with post editing limitation, you can still trash the boards if you know what you are doing.
Example: Any technical or how-to or e.g. "important" threads that contain images and information should ALWAYS be stored on the ES server NOT linked to
. Any member that did a lot of research work etc and posted pics, diagrams, excerpts etc., can get pissed and simply move his information off their linked to location, breaking the links. We had this happen on another technical board and a guy got pissed in an argument and did just that, trashing years of threads. But, there was little we could do except try to salvage as much as we could from backups of the site whilst he lurked and laughed.
By the way Tyler, the site where this happened is worth in the millions of dollars, with nearly a half million members ( in the top 4,000 of all sites on the Internet ) the action by the member did considerable damage and yet no legal action was taken. There is a full time (real) attorney that acts as an administrator on the site too that would have done the work for free for the site.
In short, the post editing limitation is a necessary evil. Just my 2 cents.