When a poster amends his own post there needs to be a visible record of it RRS feed

  • Question

  • If I amend the post of someone else, I need to give a reason. This reason needs to be at least 4 characters long or the amendment isn't accepted. Once the reason has been given and the change submitted, there is a text below the post saying who amended the post and for what reason (the more than 3 chars "reason" text)

    If however I amend my own post, I don't need to give a reason. If I don't give a reason there is no record after the post that I have amended my own text.

    I used to think this was useful as I could snap off a quick reply and know I could - unseen - correct it shortly afterwards, but now I've seen the negative consequences of this.

    A poster re-posted a long text containing the identical question  (and text) that had already been answered in another thread from him. Right at the end of that new text there was a new question.

    So I added a Moderator Note at the top of the post saying to readers that this text was a repeat of an earlier post and that the question in it had already been solved, so they should jump right to the end of the post where there was a new question. This Moderator Note was in Italic to separate it off from the poster's text. I also added a reason for the change ("Moderator's Note added")

    Next time I looked at this thread, the post had my entire Moderator Note removed and yet there was no record of the post having been edited. Because of this the line below the post "Edited by ... Moderator Note added" seemed nonsense. Of course the OP can edit a post and remove a Moderator Note and give a reason "text improved" but at least then there is a record that the OP *has* made such a change.

    Please re-introduce the need to give a reason for an Edit for all (preferably for all except Moderators (!) but for all solves the above problem) so that there is a visible record of when a change has been made and by whom.

    Note that the only other place I know of where it is impossible to track who has done what and when is unlocking - but I have that problem in another thread.

    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links):
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links)
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 8:09 AM

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  • Thanks for the detailed reply.

    In this case I'd need to both edit the post (add the Moderator Note so people don't read the already answered question) and then quickly reply to it.

    I've been trying through Moderator Notes in existing posts to avoid extending threads with posts that are merely housekeeping and nothing to do with the technical question, but clearly if my Moderator Notes are being deleted I need to change the tactic.

    Thanks again for the explanation. I hadn't worked it out in such detail.


    Later: There were a mass of replies in this thread all of which have clearly been deleted. That explains why this post starts with "Thanks for the detailed reply." Why the posts were deleted and by whom is (by whom) only visible to moderators here.

    SP 2010 "FAQ" (mainly useful links):
    WSS3/MOSS FAQ (FAQ and Links)
    Both also have links to extensive book lists and to (free) on-line chapters
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:22 PM Later added
    • Proposed as answer by tom_mai78101 Thursday, March 26, 2015 6:02 AM
    Tuesday, March 8, 2011 10:01 AM
  • Wait what? No wondered why the correct post disappeared from one of my threads. Can I have it back? That part where you quoted it?
    Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:09 AM