Why limited 'edit' feature? [Moved from CHOW Feedback]
I'm wondering why we limited on the time we can edit our posts? I think this feature would be great to have at all of our individual posts. Many times for various reasons I have wanted or needed to go back and edit older posts of mine. I think it would be much more convienent to edit an old post rather than having to use an entirely new post to make refernce of a change or to add some more relevent content to an old post. At BHG.com the edit feature on their discussion boards is always available to a logged on member. Again, this is really a great feature and I think CH members would really appreciate having this feature available to them full time instead of the current time limit that now exists.
There are a few reasons, but it's mainly because Chowhound is a conversation. If you change the content of your post days or years down the road, posts which follow it may suddenly make no sense or appear to say the opposite.
Imagine a post in which you recommend Mike's Deli and say it has great pastrami and really fresh rye. Someone else replies with 'I agree about Mike's Deli!' If, after deciding that Mike's Deli has slipped in quality you go back and adjust your opinion to 'Mike's Deli is a place I can no longer recommend, it's really slipped in quality.' That same 'I agree about Mike's Deli!' is still there, but now it appears as if the person is agreeing with the idea that it's slipped.
So we put an edit window on to allow people to go back and fix spelling mistakes or adjust broken links or whatever minor problems they might have with their posts, but ask that any updates to the actual tips be put in a new post so more people will see them and there's less potential for confusion.
-- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound