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Nigel Armstrong
Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom, Joined Oct 2000, 1096

Nigel Armstrong

Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom,
Joined Oct 2000
1096
12:50 Nov-19-2009
After posting edit function

Hi Rolf

I try to review my message prior to posting, but sometimes I forget and on reading the post afterwards I notice I have made mistakes or not expressed myself clearly.

Is an edit (or delete) function feasible? Or is there one already and I am ignorant of it?

Best regards

Nigel

    
 
 
Rolf
Director,
NDT.net, Germany, Joined Nov 1998, 604

Rolf

Director,
NDT.net,
Germany,
Joined Nov 1998
604
13:25 Nov-19-2009
Re: After posting edit function
In Reply to Nigel Armstrong at 12:50 Nov-19-2009 (Opening).

Hi Nigel,

I know of this problem very well.
An edit function raises a few questions. One question is how long time one should be able to edit? One minute? one hour? And what happens if the original message was already forwarded to the mailing list? Is it just to edit spelling or change of the complete statement? It is a problem if one writes "TOFD is good for .... " but changes after a month the sentence to "TOFD is NOT good for ...."

So far I had good experience with the following method.
If you want to change something important you can post a second message with explanation what was wrong.
If I notice the second message before the original message was forwarded to the mailing list I can incorporate the correction in the original message. In case of you want to correct just spelling errors you can write an email to the moderator (me) what shall be corrected.

Rolf

    
 
 
Nigel Armstrong
Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom, Joined Oct 2000, 1096

Nigel Armstrong

Engineering, - Specialist services
United Kingdom,
Joined Oct 2000
1096
14:57 Nov-19-2009
Re: After posting edit function
In Reply to Rolf at 13:25 Nov-19-2009 .

Rolf

Due to ndt.net's global membership and its members' various English language capabilities, I want my use of English to be flawless and without spelling mistakes, grammatical and typing errors. Usually such errors do not impinge on the clarity of the message but rather maintain the professional standard of posting that one would expect from a member with English as mother-tongue. I hope that a high standard of English helps those members who do not have English as their mother-tongue.

I do try to maintain a review of each of my messages before posting but occasionally I may forget or my review may not be sufficiently thorough. In such cases I would like the ability to edit for a few minutes after message submission but prior to posting. However I may not pick up my error until reading my posted message on the board.

On recognising incorrect technical information immediately after submitting the message but prior to the Moderator posting it to the board, I would again wish for a few minutes grace in which to revise the post. Once you have definitively posted to the forum I would post a new message retracting the original and setting out what I believe to be technically correct information.

This is a very minor suggestion Rolf, as I am certain that we are all tolerant of genuine errors either of language or of technical opinion (I imagine you set up the board for a free interchage of technical information, ideas and opinions) and that what is more important is the very professional nature of the forums.

Best regards

N.B. message reviewed AND corrected, but errors may still exist!

    
 
 
Madhusudan
Sales, -
Lucid Software Limited, India, Joined Nov 2005, 5

Madhusudan

Sales, -
Lucid Software Limited,
India,
Joined Nov 2005
5
07:54 Nov-20-2009
Re: After posting edit function
In Reply to Rolf at 13:25 Nov-19-2009 .

Dear Rolf

Many of the new Web 2.0 sites give the option to review, clarify, delete your message for a period of say 10 -15 minutes before it is sent off to the outside world.

Once you post, you could get a warning informing that you have 10 minutes to make changes etc. I note that we have a spell check option for the posts which is of course a big help.

Madhu

    
 
 

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