The Discourse software for the MEPBM Forums is deep and complex. There are a ton of settings behind the scenes and most of them I have left in their default state.
I had a player email me today asking why he couldn’t edit a post he had made previously. Good question! I looked into this and it seems that the software, by default, limits user edits after five minutes. This is not too uncommon in some social tools. But, that doesn’t mean we have to leave it as-is.
Editing, generally, is there for people to fix typos after posting. The window of five minutes gives users a chance to read over their post after publishing it and make any final changes.
The reason I am personally opposed to infinite edit rights is that it can fundamentally alter the course of a historical message thread. You might come back to a thread years from now while doing research and the thread won’t make sense because edits were made in the history of it being online.
Let’s make a decision as a community about the editing timeout setting.
What say you?
- Leave it at five minutes?
- Increase the duration?
- Remove the limit?
- Don’t allow editing at all?