I noticed today that we are no longer able to edit our posts, and I am not sure if this was an intentional move by MMG admins,
or if it is just a glitch.
I would like to say, that I am hoping that it was indeed intentional, and here's why.
In my personal experience, I have used the edit feature to correct grammatical and/or spelling errors,
that I didn't catch before hitting the 'submit' button, so I've found the tool very useful in that regard.
However along with every great tool that is created, there comes the risk of having that tool abused.
I myself have witnessed many posts by certain individuals edited in order to completely change the dynamic and tone
of his/her post, (I have seen more and more of that recently) as the original post may be personal, harmful, abusive,
and quite simply a breach of MMG rules.
Of course, because of the nature of the topics discussed on this board, folks may sometimes become over-emotional
about a particular subject, which is understandable in some cases, and a discussion can quickly turn into a petty war of words so to speak,
so again perhaps the edit tool is also useful for correcting a post which should not have been posted to begin with.
Having said that though, there comes a time when one has to decide if a complete edit of a post in order to
change it's tone in its entirety is simply a corrected mistake, or a pattern of behaviour, which can be quite hurtful
to another individual, and quite frankly harmful to the reputation that this administration and staff have worked so
long and hard to develop. We are all members of a community here, and I think anyone would agree that it is
much more productive to be polite and civil to one another, regardless of any difference of opinion we may have with
another member's post.
There also is the issue of the ability of the moderators to do their difficult job of weeding through posts, when a report
has been submitted. If a mod cannot see what was originally posted by an individual, that mod's ability to determine
whether or not measures should be taken against an individual to enforce OUR rules, as a community.
I think we could all agree that grammatical and/or spelling errors are a fact of life here, as we have an extremely
diverse group of members from all over the planet speaking many different languages, and although folks will
make these types of errors, it should not devalue the essence and/or point, if you will, of his/her post. I am certain
that once I submit this post, I will notice some of these types of errors upon re-reading it, however these errors
are irrelevant relative to the actual content of the said post. I believe it's much more important to protect the integrity
of it's original purpose.
Our administration team here, are a very tolerant bunch, therefore when they have given us a tool in order to
improve our own posts, we should not be allowed to abuse the feature just because of emotions sometimes
running high over a particular subject. I am anxious to read your opinions; members, moderators, and administrators alike.