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Post by Tarac on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 14:36

see topic title

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Post by Delecia on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 16:58

Not related but weren't you an admin here?
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Post by Tarac on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 17:01

@Delecia wrote:Not related but weren't you an admin here?
No, never been.

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Post by The_gh0stm4n on Sun 21 Oct 2018, 20:27

@Tarac wrote:see topic title


The simple "reason" is: nobody - or barely anybody - was using the EDIT-button for its intended feature anyway (correcting mistakes, adding more information). Most people just post a follow-up reply.

The actual intention of this step of mine is, to preserve consistency in discussion threads. I've seen cases where there is a new thread, I type a reply to it, and then when I use the "send"-button I get the error message that the topic doesn't exist anymore. Which means the topic creator deleted their post in the meantime; I guess they managed to solve the problem on their own. Which is good, don't get me wrong. But if I go to the length of typing something I would generally like it to be out there.

Another example is that people - out of spite - sometimes simply replace their written posts with useful information, for example with dots. And then I have people e-mailing me "what was that user saying, this could've been good information". Other times people don't post at the end of the thread "Problem solved, thank you", but instead edit their whole opening message saying that the problem is solved. Apparently some other Forums do that (again, nothing wrong with that in principle), and some people then use these practices on G4TW as well. What this could lead to is that the original problem is not visible anymore, and hence future users who come and read this thread, for example through the search function cannot see what the original issue was.

I was going to introduce a compromise solution that would have involved an "edit limit" of 15 minutes or so, but then found that this would have affected the entire Forum. Right now, you cannot edit & delete messages as a normal user. But exceptions are The Sims Emporium, The Sims 4 Creativity Zone, The Sims 3 Exchange, and all other tutorial sections. People can come back anytime to edit/update their guides and creations. Another exception is that if people are G4TW team members: these people - including Sim Architect and the purple "Developers" - can still freely edit their submitted messages, in all sections they can access.

But for everything else, I don't think normal  users should have these editing powers anymore. Or at least there should be limitations. It's also a signal that I'm intending to send out: "be careful and mindful about the messages you send out here".

It is good to see how these things work out in practice, so thank you for the feedback. The step will be re-evaluated in the future, but for now we will be seeing how it works out. If I'm allowed to say, so far it looks good. For me at least.

People can rest assured that in the event of personal information being posted or other Forum Rule violations, these will be taken care of by the admins or supermods. Other than that, I don't think there is any legal requirement for us to do 'more'. Written Forum messages stand as-is, and if Forumotion disagrees they should message us personally.

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