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Old 17.12.2019, 10:37
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3 hour limit on editing posts

This wasn't always the case (except for newcomers), but I could have missed any announcement about a new restriction on editing old posts.
I discovered in a old thread I had contributed to, that a picture I embedded from an external source had, in the meantime, blown up making that whole page of the thread difficult to read. Clearly the site on which the picture was located had altered some display parameters since I made wrote the post.
Post: https://www.englishforum.ch/3069277-post154.html

Anyway, here is the message (which I had to compress to get it to fit within the 800 x 600 size restrictions here making it almost unreadable).
No, I am not going to bother contacting team@englishforum.ch (the mail address behind he administrator link). They have more important things to do like fixing the Google search part of the forum which, for years, has been usable only with a touch screen.
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Old 17.12.2019, 11:53
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

OK. So ACE1 has just cut the picture out. Here is the resized picture which I'll attempt to link back into the original post.

Edit.
OK that worked. The 3 hour restriction applies only to adding attached pictures as far as I see. In this case, the solution is to attach a new picture elsewhere and replace the image link in the original post to refer to the new picture.
Incidentally, it is quite easy to resize pictures in paint, the default Windows 10 picture editing program. You click resize, select the new dimensions in pixels taking care not to exceed the 800x600 limit and saveas . . . (or simply save to overwrite the original picture).
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Old 17.12.2019, 13:35
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

3 hours is actually very long. On EF withing 3 hours a thread can explode to endless pages and if an OP then changes their post nobody knows what the fuss is about anymore.
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Old 17.12.2019, 14:14
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

It is true that misuse of the ability to edit earlier posts in a thread can make later posts look out of place. The privilege to edit old posts comes with a certain posting history here (I don't know offhand what that is exactly). There is some level of protection in that edits to a post (made outside the few maybe 5 minute limit) are marked with an editing timestamp.

However, that is not the issue here. As I have now found out, that particular limit of 3 hours (180 minutes) applies only to adding attachments directly to an existing post. The system allowed me to edit the text of the (6 month old) post so I could solve the problem and re-instate a reasonably dimensioned picture as an embedded image.
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Old 17.12.2019, 14:23
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

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It is true that misuse of the ability to edit earlier posts in a thread can make later posts look out of place. The privilege to edit old posts comes with a certain posting history here (I don't know offhand what that is exactly). There is some level of protection in that edits to a post (made outside the few maybe 5 minute limit) are marked with an editing timestamp.

However, that is not the issue here. As I have now found out, that particular limit of 3 hours (180 minutes) applies only to adding attachments directly to an existing post. The system allowed me to edit the text of the (6 month old) post so I could solve the problem and re-instate a reasonably dimensioned picture as an embedded image.
Yet had it not been for this thread now, nobody would have noticed.
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Old 17.12.2019, 14:25
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

I don't know, I was hoping to edit a post from yesterday to update the info but was and still am unable. I think it was about 3-4 hours after initially posting it.
Is it limited to different sections? As in off topic remains editable longer than the marketplace or the likes?
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Old 17.12.2019, 14:34
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I don't know, I was hoping to edit a post from yesterday to update the info but was and still am unable. I think it was about 3-4 hours after initially posting it.
Is it limited to different sections? As in off topic remains editable longer than the marketplace or the likes?
I think it’s limited by member status. Longer standing members with more posts or TRP points get a longer editing window.

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3 hours is actually very long. On EF withing 3 hours a thread can explode to endless pages and if an OP then changes their post nobody knows what the fuss is about anymore.
Back in the day when there was a cap on the % of posts each member could make in a day some people (notably Odile) would do numerous post edits which really mucked up the thread.
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Old 17.12.2019, 14:42
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

How many people go back to posts they have already read?
Ato, had you been able to change your's I definitely wouldn't have seen it.

This editing feature seems good to me for typos or some minor mistakes one notices right after posting.

As to pictures linked in, I always do a preview before sending, so I know a picture is too big before it goes up.
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Old 17.12.2019, 14:49
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How many people go back to posts they have already read?
Ato, had you been able to change your's I definitely wouldn't have seen it.

This editing feature seems good to me for typos or some minor mistakes one notices right after posting.

As to pictures linked in, I always do a preview before sending, so I know a picture is too big before it goes up.
The post was talking about doing something this evening that is no longer on the cards, I wanted to add a clear edit so that I wouldn't have to add a second post to a thread which was increasingly coming off the rails.

But you're right, those who would have already read it would not have gone back over it and the edit would have been semi-useless.
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Old 17.12.2019, 15:06
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

I have found this old post, which itself was a heroic act, considering how broken the search function is here:

https://www.englishforum.ch/714063-post139.html

It looks like you need 100 reputation points to edit old posts. That was then a controversial change in policy and it could well have changed again in the meantime. It appears that the 3 hours talked about then still applies, however, to attachments.
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Old 17.12.2019, 16:05
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I have found this old post, which itself was a heroic act, considering how broken the search function is here:

https://www.englishforum.ch/714063-post139.html

It looks like you need 100 reputation points to edit old posts. That was then a controversial change in policy and it could well have changed again in the meantime. It appears that the 3 hours talked about then still applies, however, to attachments.
I demand equality! As a Johnny come lately I want everything all the long term contributors get.

Or I'll wait in hope that my reputation eventually gets above the 70 odd points it's on.
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Old 17.12.2019, 16:23
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

You see all the reputation points here. Yes, you have some way to go.
https://www.englishforum.ch/xtra/rep_standings.html

I'll give you some to help you achieve this goal but, be warned, overt soliciting of rep points may have a negative effect.
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You see all the reputation points here. Yes, you have some way to go.
https://www.englishforum.ch/xtra/rep_standings.html

I'll give you some to help you achieve this goal but, be warned, overt soliciting of rep points may have a negative effect.
Ha!
At my current rate of progress, It'll take me 163,000 years to top the rep leader board.

Or, a much more reasonable 122 years to catch up with DB's current rep points.
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Or, a much more reasonable 122 years to catch up with DB's current rep points.


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Or, within a time frame and 100p.
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

Why am I unable to edit a post less than 20 mins after posting and wtihout any posts by anyone in between? When I attempt to edit, the post is just blank?


However I have just been able to edit this post- how bizarre.
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Why am I unable to edit a post less than 20 mins after posting and wtihout any posts by anyone in between? When I attempt to edit, the post is just blank?


However I have just been able to edit this post- how bizarre.
If you go a little higher in this thread, it's there. By the looks of it you are in negative points.
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Why am I unable to edit a post less than 20 mins after posting and wtihout any posts by anyone in between? When I attempt to edit, the post is just blank?

However I have just been able to edit this post- how bizarre.
Are you trying to edit a post that contains special characters, such as accents or umlauts? That's generally why it's blank.
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Oh I see, yes several accented letters. Thanks for explanation.
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Re: 3 hour limit on editing posts

Happened on another forum once that somebody linked a picture from an external site.

I guess the owner of that external site noticed and was angry that the picture was being used without his permission. So he changed the name of the file around so everything displayed correctly on his own site, but on the forum his pic was replaced by p@rn. Was quite embarrassing that nobody could (or was maybe too dumb to) edit posts and the only competent admin was on a two week vacation.
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