The second rule :
Editing is only for a few specific things :
- Correcting wrong information to prevent its propagation. (Usually much later than the original post when new info comes to light. This should not be done without highlighting what has changed and/or leaving the original in place if the flow of conversation will be affected by it.)
- Adding to and updating long running posts rather than posting repeatedly with updates. (please ensure that you bump the topic when you do this to allow people to know something has changed)
- Toning down a post that is offensive upon request.
- Perhaps others?
Editing is NOT for these things :
- Adding more content to a post in a discussion thread (post a second time!)
- Changing posts to deceive others and misrepresent the past.
- Perhaps others?
May I also respectfully ask you to put a reason for your edit and if appropriate highlight the edited piece of the post so it is obvious what changed.
In general very FEW edits will be necessary for normal users. I ask that you PLEASE read around and think before posting. This is just basic good manners, courtesy and above all, common sense. It is extremely irritating to find the post you were replying to has changed wholesale while you were typing (we aim to be quick around here). It is also annoying to find people changing things that they shouldn't be changed to avoid embarrassment etc.
Punishment for misuse of the edit button will simply be a removal of your right to edit. Future edits will have to be run through a moderator who will perform it if they approve.
I regret having to put this here at all, however there was recently a situation where a user was NOT reading around and thinking first before posting. Consequently he was doing a lot of editing, much of which while I was trying to reply to what was in effect a moving target. He is no longer with us at his own option.
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