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Editing posts: problems

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As you can see from the screenshot that I have attached, I'm no longer given, now for a couple of months, the ability to edit my posts, should I notice errors, even when my posts have just been published.
Can you solve?
Thank you
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Hi @MAXBAR1

I'm sorry but post editing has been removed from all members due to extensive spam attacks. When editing there is a little magnifying glass on a sheet of paper that you can click to get a preview of what your post will look like before you actually click submit.

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Please give that a try and let us know if that helps.

Thank you

Ron

 

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My early experiences attempting to contribute to the forum were excruciatingly poor.

This loss of functionality, now, is lousy (but not excruciating). What's the plan to restore functionality?

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For regular members there is no change expected. The vast majority of users come here to get help and then leave, often not returning. For those members that do stick around and try well to help others and not just post frivolous posts they are often moved into a higher level group where this restriction does not apply. We used to base it on the amount of posts but found that certain members were not helpful and just posted to raise their post count. We now look at quality of posts vs amount of posts to determine if or when we add members to a higher level group.

 

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I have to say, as a new member, that not being able to edit posts after you've submitted them is really annoying!
Most forums I belong to do have restrictions on editing, like you can only do it within a certain time, but I know of no others where editing is not permitted at all.
Not being able to correct typos is particularly annoying.
I'm not quite sure how disallowing editing actually deters spammers.
Surely if the spammer can post, they will anyway, and they don't care about editing their posts in the first place.
I see there are restrictions in place on rapid posting, where you have to wait until you can post again, and that's a perfectly valid anti-spam measure, but I don't see how stopping editing helps at all!
Cheers, Dave.
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Spammers will create what appear to be innocent/legitimate posts and then later return to edit their previous posts to inject spam links/content into them.  It's a behavior we've seen many times and is the reason the forum administrators created this policy.

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Yeah, it's a real bummer (and can definitely be a pain for regular members).  It was actually an issue that forum admins debated on for a very long time (months if not years) until finally giving up and setting up more restrictive policies/settings because the spam had gotten so bad.  At one point we were seeing daily spam floods of countless posts from spam bots with tons of new spam accounts being created almost constantly.  When they finally set up all these new filters, rules and policies it cut the spam down to nearly 0 and made the forums a lot easier to manage and keep clean of spam.

It really does suck that they had to compromise so much functionality to do it, but the alternative was to have the forum mods and admins constantly being distracted from actually helping people because they were having to continually deal with the spam bots and spam posts.

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