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Editing / deleting function for posts

Dear All, 

One function is that we should be able to edit or delete posts we make online, if we post or make a mistake its on for one and all to see so perhaps the CIPD should look at introducing this function for better use. 

Could someone from the CIPD let me know if this is possible?

Thank you. 

Mark  

  • David Perry

    | 4674 Posts

    Chartered Member

    27 Aug, 2014 10:02

    I'm afraid Mark it isn't available - yet!.  We have to live with our mistakes and, alas, I do it often.
  • Thanks David, I will have be careful what I submit otherwise ..... mmmm I will have to live with any mistakes I write !!! 
  • Steve Bridger

    | 6676 Posts

    Community Manager

    28 Aug, 2014 21:54

    Hi Mark,

    Picking this up having just returned from holiday :)

    This will be implemented in 2015 with an updated platform.

    The question remains: for how long would you like the editing 'window' to remain open? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? One hour?

    I'd be interested in what people think on this one.

    Steve

  • David

    | 19423 Posts

    Chartered Member

    29 Aug, 2014 07:16

    Hi Steve

    There seems to be a fundamental law which says 'you will be oblivious to any typos or other gobbledygook in your posts until you've actually pressed the 'send' button, whereupon at once, as if by magic, they will all become  shamefully apparent'

    A shortish editing period - 30 minutes at the most, even 15,would I think be appropriate.

  • David Perry

    | 4674 Posts

    Chartered Member

    29 Aug, 2014 10:19

    In reply to David:

    30 minutes in probably about right.  If it is much longer people sometimes edit what they've said after others have posted replies and this makes the thread harder or impossible to understand.

     

    So if someone contradicts someone and that individual then edits the offending post, you'll see the next post/er critising something that is no longer there.

     

    So 30 minutes is good enough. 

  • Lesley

    | 393 Posts

    Chartered Member

    1 Sep, 2014 15:43

    The new platform cannot come soon enough.

    Basic bulletin board technology has had post editing for years, so I do find it a little crazy that there are no editing functions here. I hate seeing something I've written with typos and I often forget something that I end up having to post in a separate post later.

    I think a 30 minute editing policy is good for managing typos and last minute changes, but I've also been on forums where an indefinite editing policy exists and seen no problems with this either. Sometimes if debates can get a little heated it can be helpful to have the offending poster edit their post as it can calm the situation down a little - of course the moderator always has this power, but it can be useful if posters can take responsibility for their own posts this way too.  

    It is possible to get edit functions where the tool requires someone to input a comment about why they have made an edit (and the edit is timestamped) - so this helps to make retractions possible without making the thread too confusing. 

    It can also be useful when advice may change over time or you want to collate information into one particular post or thread. Allowing people to edit a post to add additional information or update a post based on new information can be very helpful where archives or sticky posts are used a lot for repeat questions and information. This can help to create a knowledge repository within a forum, which can easily be searched for the latest info and helps to prevent repeat threads. 

    I also find it really frustrating that threads with replies are not "bumped" to the top of the "all discussions" page - if I contributed to a discussion which is three or four pages back I often forget to check back for later responses and find my "favourites" section which I use for tracking the most interesting posts is getting unmanageable. I don't want to use "email responses" as a way of knowing when there is more info as this just makes my inbox busier.

  • Steve Bridger

    | 6676 Posts

    Community Manager

    2 Sep, 2014 07:51

    Hi Lesley,

    Re your last point... an alternative to the "all discussions" page, is to access threads using this link.

    Re editing, I think there is some consensus building around a 30-minute 'window'. Not keen on having an indefiite 'window' - for the reasons David has mentioned - although I have also seen platforms that enable edits to be 'timestamped'.

    Keep the comments coming.

    Steve

  • Lesley

    | 393 Posts

    Chartered Member

    2 Sep, 2014 12:31

    Ooo thanks Steve - that link is handy and not come across it before. Bookmarked and I will try and remember to use that link in future. 

    I guess having a permanent moderator (yourself) makes a difference. Most forums where indefinitely editing has been allowed have been largely "self moderated", so having the ability for normal posters to edit and retract helps to reduce the volunteer moderator's load. 

    It also depends on what you want the focus and function of the community to be - if you want it to just be "real-time" conversation, then a short window for editing is fine.

    If you want it to become more like a repository of information - then either moderators need to facilitate this through their magic powers (sticky posts, edit etc) or you need to allow everyone the ability to help to build this (e.g. wiki functionality). For example, the whole principle and reason of success of Wikipedia is the idea that anyone can edit at any time. 

    Sometimes you may have 'conversation' forums where there is a short window for editing or limitations on the people who could post there and other forums which are used for knowledge exchange where anyone can post or edit - it is usually possible to set multiple settings across a platform.

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