I have found that after I first make a post, I can edit it for about five minutes but no longer.
I understand the administrators of this board have made the decision as to how long people should be allowed to edit their posts. But, I find it very difficult to live with the approximately five minutes time limit although I fully understand (well, maybe not all that fully) that you have had many, many years of experience with this and have settled on a time limit that you have found works well for this board and its members.
My problem is that after first writing a post, I will look it over and almost always have some changes that I’d like to make. I’m not just talking about simple changes like spelling and grammar - although, the spell-checker on most every modern board is really pretty awful. They allow all kinds of errors and I realize there is really not much that can be done about that. Words can be spelled correctly but the spelling needs to be changed because they are in the wrong context. I’m sure I don’t need to explain that any further. I would guess we all run into examples of that many times every day.
I’m not going to waste your time by asking you to lengthen the period in which we can edit our posts. However, I would like to ask you for some tips or suggestions on how I can avoid the problem of wanting to edit my posts after five minutes or so.
The best strategy that I have come up with on my own is to initially write my posts in a word processor or editor and then save it somewhere and come back to it and take a look after about 10 or 20 minutes.
The problem with this approach is that I think people want to make their posts in the “heat of a discussion or argument” and they do not want to let 20 or 30 minutes elapse before they post what they have to say. They want to get their say in before someone else makes that same point or before someone raises a counter argument to them.
This paragraph is a good example of another reason why I’d like a longer amount of time in which to edit posts. I find that I often think of another supporting argument to my original post 20 minutes or so after I write it and I would like to add that point. My previous sentence is a good example of this.
Of course there are many, many reasons why it should not be left too long. But, I’ll will leave it to someone else to state those reasons if they feel a need. One good reason that comes to mind is that I can always make a second post if time runs out and I have something more I need to say. (like this previous sentence which, fortunately, I thought of, in time).
You know, it would be great to have a document somewhere that offers tips and suggestions regarding living with this 5 minute time limit.
P.S. I am not criticizing the admins or complaining and I hope that no one views this thread as my wanting to start a war with the admins here.