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Old 06-30-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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Following the common MR practice, the first post is being kept current with the overall state of the project.
If a forum admin is reading this, I think it'd be really helpful if there were some exceptions for the first posts in all threads, so that every MR member can edit it... (Having Kindle Developer's Corner specifically in mind) sometimes, the first person who posts something, disappears and the thread becomes huge and after a while, one has to dig in and read everything just to make sure everything is up to date... But if everyone can update first post, this problem would not arise... One such thread is this.

So this way, we will treat first posts somehow like a wiki! A hybrid of "thread post-wiki"... Is this possible in php?
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Old 07-01-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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But if everyone can update first post, this problem would not arise...
This may work well on a very limited case by case basis, but as a general rule of thumb???

Using the Calibre/Plugins forum as an example the first post is maintained by the developer of the plugin. The first post is also in a specific format so calibre can scrape updates from the post. In this instance it wouldn't make sense to open up the first post to editing by all.

If possible this might be applied to threads like the one you point out, but I imagine its use being very limited.

Of course I could be wrong.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:00 AM   #3
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Have you considered asking a moderator to make the update?
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #4
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I don't know how members would feel about just anybody having the ability to edit their first post. Are you suggesting that the ability be made global in all threads, or just as an additional option box ("Make Edit-First-Post Available to General Members") that the OP could check when creating the thread? As an option, if can be done, I could see the potential benefit.

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Old 07-04-2012, 02:15 AM   #5
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Not a bad idea, if it can be implemented with a check box. To make the first post of every thread a free-for-all by default would only lead to mayhem. Hell, I'm not at all sure I could resist the temptation to wreak havoc myself after the occasional long, "humid" night.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:12 AM   #6
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Maybe limit the option to the sticky threads?
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:23 AM   #7
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Maybe limit the option to the sticky threads?
Even sticky threads will be a rare exception. Often they are sticky threads because they have specific info that should not be altered by just anyone.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:47 AM   #8
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Even sticky threads will be a rare exception. Often they are sticky threads because they have specific info that should not be altered by just anyone.
But those are closed and can't be edited anyway, right?
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:16 AM   #9
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But those are closed and can't be edited anyway, right?
Some are and some aren't.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:04 PM   #10
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Some are and some aren't.

If they shouldn't be modified they should be closed, right?
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If they shouldn't be modified they should be closed, right?
At present, just as with all other posts, the only people who can modify them are the OP and members of the moderating team.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:11 PM   #12
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I don't know how members would feel about just anybody having the ability to edit their first post. Are you suggesting that the ability be made global in all threads, or just as an additional option box ("Make Edit-First-Post Available to General Members") that the OP could check when creating the thread? As an option, if can be done, I could see the potential benefit.
Well yea this (as far as i know) hasn't been in any forum, so if MobileRead can do, it'd be awesome. Back to your point, I do agree with you on such a checkbox... so which admin should i make contact with for this?

Edit: As a way to reach for an admin, I just reported this thread!

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