Why No Editing of Posts?
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“Dan Allen Dot Com”

Since: Jul 07

Montpelier, Vermont

#1 Feb 27, 2008
It seems like most blogs and forums allow editing of your posts.
What is the reason Topix is not allowing editing of our own posts?
I would post more if I knew I could fix my typos.
T-o-p-i-x Bob

United States

#2 Feb 27, 2008
Spell Check???

“Dan Allen Dot Com”

Since: Jul 07

Montpelier, Vermont

#3 Feb 27, 2008
well, besides typos, I find I like tweaking my posts over time, to improve them.

What is the reason against allowing post editing?

“Know thyself.”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#4 Feb 27, 2008
danallendotcom wrote:
well, besides typos, I find I like tweaking my posts over time, to improve them.
What is the reason against allowing post editing?
I am all for post editing. One can reinforce one's argument over time and even delete items that do not appear to be much helpful. Can't we have this feature?

Since: Jan 08

Palo Alto , CA

#5 Feb 28, 2008
danallendotcom wrote:
It seems like most blogs and forums allow editing of your posts.
What is the reason Topix is not allowing editing of our own posts?
I would post more if I knew I could fix my typos.
Hi Danallendotcom,

The reason we do not allow users to edit their own posts is because we feel that it can potentially become disruptive to the thread. If someone decides to edit or even delete their post, it can ruin the flow of the thread.

Since: Jan 08

Palo Alto , CA

#6 Feb 28, 2008
T-o-p-i-x Bob wrote:
Spell Check???
This is on my wishlist as well =)
Bugged

Ashburn, VA

#7 Feb 28, 2008
Mozilla Firefox has spell check built in.

You can download it or a test version for free. Just Google it.

“When I Rest... I Rust ”

Since: Apr 07

SacTown

#8 Feb 28, 2008
A spell check option would be helpful. Yahoo's "Answers" allows one to preview their comment, and thus make necessary changes, before posting it.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#9 Feb 29, 2008
I also would prefer a preview option before posting. A timed edit feature, such as Blog Directory uses in their forum would be another option. A countdown of 90 seconds begins after the initial posting and if you click "edit" within that time you may make changes. After that the option is gone.

Since: Jan 08

Palo Alto , CA

#10 Feb 29, 2008
TrilbyKat wrote:
I also would prefer a preview option before posting. A timed edit feature, such as Blog Directory uses in their forum would be another option. A countdown of 90 seconds begins after the initial posting and if you click "edit" within that time you may make changes. After that the option is gone.
These are all great ideas. I will pass them along to our development team.

Since: Feb 08

Under the sea

#11 Mar 3, 2008
Topix Ed wrote:
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These are all great ideas. I will pass them along to our development team.
Listen to your users and take a pro-active role with posts, trolls and online bullies.
patriot southern lady

Johnson City, TN

#12 Mar 3, 2008
hazzard wrote:
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Listen to your users and take a pro-active role with posts, trolls and online bullies.
I totally aree with control on the negative issues. BUT... I also feel for the ADMIN as this is a very touchy area. Freedom is dying. Freedom of speach almost silent as to not "offend". We must remain "PC".
Right now Topix is completely free. The good the bad the ugly. People are people we all have good and bad. We have to restrict freedom in order to control trolls and such. There is a cost for everything. No always is dollar ammounts.
I feel it would be best for humans to work on being more sensitive and mature so things like trolls wouldn't be an issue and free runs free but now I am "Dreaming".
Are you willing to give up freedom in any form to save your senseabilities?

“Dan Allen Dot Com”

Since: Jul 07

Montpelier, Vermont

#13 Mar 4, 2008
Topix Ed wrote:
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Hi Danallendotcom,
The reason we do not allow users to edit their own posts is because we feel that it can potentially become disruptive to the thread. If someone decides to edit or even delete their post, it can ruin the flow of the thread.
It is true, if you allow editing of posts it can disrupt the record of the thread. The problem with the no-edit policy is that once words are posted here, Topix is taking possession and control of them. I am sure the terms of service explain this in depth, lest someone should seek to challenge Topix's property rights.

It is one thing to discuss and share opinions in public, but it's a step further to create a record that is readable years later. I guess this forces me to be extra cautious, but it also causes me to feel most of my most important material most definitely should never be posted at Topix.

Not that my work is important to anyone but me... I am just saying, to me, it is pretty harsh that
Topix gets my words forever. I guess I best be careful.:-)

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#14 Mar 4, 2008
danallendotcom wrote:
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It is true, if you allow editing of posts it can disrupt the record of the thread. The problem with the no-edit policy is that once words are posted here, Topix is taking possession and control of them. I am sure the terms of service explain this in depth, lest someone should seek to challenge Topix's property rights.
It is one thing to discuss and share opinions in public, but it's a step further to create a record that is readable years later. I guess this forces me to be extra cautious, but it also causes me to feel most of my most important material most definitely should never be posted at Topix.
Not that my work is important to anyone but me... I am just saying, to me, it is pretty harsh that
Topix gets my words forever. I guess I best be careful.:-)
Having said that, is it a violation of any copyright, intellectual property rights, or other method of owning and protecting the written word to have anything that is posted and published in a forum/thread on Topix reposted on another site, such as a blog site, with the intention of being malicious and deceiving? I'm just asking because I know of this happening.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#15 Mar 4, 2008
danallendotcom wrote:
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It is true, if you allow editing of posts it can disrupt the record of the thread. The problem with the no-edit policy is that once words are posted here, Topix is taking possession and control of them. I am sure the terms of service explain this in depth, lest someone should seek to challenge Topix's property rights.
It is one thing to discuss and share opinions in public, but it's a step further to create a record that is readable years later. I guess this forces me to be extra cautious, but it also causes me to feel most of my most important material most definitely should never be posted at Topix.
Not that my work is important to anyone but me... I am just saying, to me, it is pretty harsh that
Topix gets my words forever. I guess I best be careful.:-)
"Topix does not claim ownership of Content (including User Content) that you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. However, with respect to Content (including User Content) that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service, you grant Topix a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive perpetual, irrevocable and fully sub-licensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed."

http://www.topix.com/topix/terms

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#16 Mar 4, 2008
Stargazer1 wrote:
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Having said that, is it a violation of any copyright, intellectual property rights, or other method of owning and protecting the written word to have anything that is posted and published in a forum/thread on Topix reposted on another site, such as a blog site, with the intention of being malicious and deceiving? I'm just asking because I know of this happening.
Yes - even with good intentions it is not allowed to repost content without written permission from Topix. I didn't know that until you asked and I looked for and found the answer.

"Text comments, User Editor submissions, images and any other Content posted on Topix by registered users (including User Editors) may not be reposted or broadcast without the express written permission or license from Topix, and must attribute Topix as the source."

http://www.topix.com/topix/terms

Since: Feb 08

Under the sea

#17 Mar 5, 2008
Talk about quoting the bible and covering your own back!! What about protecting the users and giving better functionality to editors??

“Dan Allen Dot Com”

Since: Jul 07

Montpelier, Vermont

#18 Mar 5, 2008
TrilbyKat wrote:
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Yes - even with good intentions it is not allowed to repost content without written permission from Topix. I didn't know that until you asked and I looked for and found the answer.
"Text comments, User Editor submissions, images and any other Content posted on Topix by registered users (including User Editors) may not be reposted or broadcast without the express written permission or license from Topix, and must attribute Topix as the source."
http://www.topix.com/topix/terms
Users not allowed to take what they post at Topix and copy it onto our own sites?

Like we are recording stars, not allowed to use studio recordings, they are owned by the studio. Topix is maybe like the studio. I guess that makes sense to an extent, legally.

Why would Topix demand such rights?

For instance, when I run for President in 2016, Topix could make money selling my comments from now. I am just speculating, obviously, on Topix business model.

Some of Abraham Lincoln's best speeches were from the 1930s, before he even was in Congress. Their texts could be privately owned (not by Lincoln) with terms like these.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#19 Mar 5, 2008
danallendotcom wrote:
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Users not allowed to take what they post at Topix and copy it onto our own sites?
Like we are recording stars, not allowed to use studio recordings, they are owned by the studio. Topix is maybe like the studio. I guess that makes sense to an extent, legally.
Why would Topix demand such rights?
For instance, when I run for President in 2016, Topix could make money selling my comments from now. I am just speculating, obviously, on Topix business model.
Some of Abraham Lincoln's best speeches were from the 1930s, before he even was in Congress. Their texts could be privately owned (not by Lincoln) with terms like these.
Yes, I was surprised when I found that provision, too. If I write something good on here, I don't really want to have to write to Topix in order to repost it to my blog or something. I'll have to write it there first (with a date stamp) and then I can repost it here.

The terminology does limit the restriction to registered users.
combatmama

Boonville, NY

#20 Apr 2, 2008
how about deleting a post you have made yourself? I have encountered this problem, and can't get any help with it. I just want to remove a comment I made- for the safety of children involved- can I get some help from anyone? THanks~

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