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Abhay Bhatt
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I don't know/understand what possibly could be the reason behind placing 'Editing' restrictions ie "One can only edit his/her posts, if he/she has more than some number of cows".

Some one suggested me to request some other, to edit my post, when required. This is more inconvenience than what seems.

If there is some genuine reason, atleast can it be allowed for first few minutes after posting, because most edit requirements are there in that time frame?
 
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Here is the full and complete reason:   there was some disagreement among the staff about what the algorithm should be like.   I felt like it is possible to come up with an algorithm that would make everybody on the staff happy, but it would be a pretty rich algorithm.  So I locked down all the editing until we can have a great solution.  The first step would be that somebody would need to take the time to make a proposal that everybody would be happy with.  It would probably be default settings for the whole site, with some fine tuning by certain forums, and further fine tuning by thread or post or user. 

That was over a year ago.

So far, nobody has made a proposal.

 
Abhay Bhatt
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paul wheaton wrote:Here is the full and complete reason:   there was some disagreement among the staff about what the algorithm should be like.   I felt like it is possible to come up with an algorithm that would make everybody on the staff happy, but it would be a pretty rich algorithm.  So I locked down all the editing until we can have a great solution.  The first step would be that somebody would need to take the time to make a proposal that everybody would be happy with.  It would probably be default settings for the whole site, with some fine tuning by certain forums, and further fine tuning by thread or post or user. 

That was over a year ago.

So far, nobody has made a proposal.



But why there is a need for an algorithm/restriction in the first place?
 
Liutauras Vilda
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Abhay Bhatt wrote:But why there is a need for an algorithm/restriction in the first place?

Paul answered that already - so everybody would be happy.

Here are some short scenarios:

1.
- You ask question why A is better than B?
- I answer, because A does this better and this.
- You got answer, editing post by changing text to: "Please delete this post".
- Maybe because you don't want your professor see it, or boss, or... or...

2.
- You ask question why A is better than B?
- I answer, because A does this better and this.
- You change first post to "I mean actually why C is better than D".
- I look silly who can't read and answer to what have been asked.

3.
- You ask question why A is better than B?
- I answer, because A does this better and this.
- 1000 other people answer.
- Thread is so awesome, got so many views, popularity, SEO stuff
- You go and change your post to visit my website www.buyamazingproduct.com

4.
- Shall I continue? Probably others could tell you another 50 scenarios.

That is why rich algorithm is needed, which includes tons of stuff and configuration abilities, so all scenarios could be covered and everybody could be happy about.
 
Stephan van Hulst
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Abhay Bhatt wrote:But why there is a need for an algorithm/restriction in the first place?

We like our threads to read as a story. CodeRanch is not just here to help people who pose the questions, but also those who run into the same problems later. In the past it often happened that people would edit their posts after people had replied to them, and the thread would no longer make sense to somebody who hadn't read the thread yet. A while ago we completely disabled the edit feature for non-staffers, but we recognized that people who were involved in the community knew how to edit their posts "responsibly" (i.e., without breaking the flow of the thread). One way of determining which people are involved in the community is by their cow count.

Like Paul said, there may be some solutions that both the CodeRanch staff and the users are more happy with, but they haven't been proposed yet.

You can also see this as an opportunity. When you don't have the ability to edit your posts after you've submitted them, it forces you to think extra carefully about what information you want to share, and to proofread before submitting (by using the "Preview" button).
 
Liutauras Vilda
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Now, my previous post showed negative aspects of all it.

At the same time there are legit users who want to improve their posts - and we'd love to let them do it so for an entire life if we are talking about typo's only.
If we are talking about context of post, we'd love to let them edit until there are no answers who could become nonsensical in case you change context. Some of context changes adds some extra without doing any harm, some changes can do harm - how to identify those?

We'd love to let you do more and more - but, how to workout beforehand, who is legit user who is not? You might see only the shining side of the site.
Such sites as coderanch attracts lots of users, good ones and and the same time not so really good ones - and that needs to be dealt with, so you wouldn't read spam on every other thread or something similar along the lines.
 
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