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Require Edits to be Marked #261031 01/24/2018 1:13 PM
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Speaking of changes I am forced to make to the forums each time, we run contests in the forums. That means that a person's entry must be clearly made at a certain date and time with a certain answer. The forum code currently allows a user NOT to mark their content as edited which means they could make a wrong answer, see someone else's answer, and go back and edit it so it had the right answer and pretend they'd done that in the first place.

I make a code change so that they are not allowed to "hide" their change. All changes are always marked as changes.

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/templates/default/editpost.tpl
line 97: $lang.MARK_EDIT line, replace with entire below content.

<!-- LISA COMMENT - MUST SHOW EDIT STATUS -->
<input type="hidden" value="1" name="markedit">
<!-- <input type="checkbox" value="1" name="markedit" checked="checked" class="form-checkbox" /> {$lang.MARK_EDIT} -->
<!-- <input type="text" name="editreason" class="form-input" /> -->
<!-- END LISA CHANGE -->


I didn't do it in this last update because I was trying to whittle down the changes I make per update just for sanity's sake - but this is one that's fairly important to us.

I would lobby that we include this as a setting in future versions of the forum. As the forum owner I should have the ability to disallow silent changes of content.


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Re: Require Edits to be Marked [Re: BellaOnline] #261042 01/24/2018 5:47 PM
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Can you not just edit the permissions to prevent edits?
This would have to be restricted to a individual forum to use the permissions option.


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Re: Require Edits to be Marked [Re: BellaOnline] #261046 01/25/2018 12:27 PM
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The forums have a wide variety of threads, not just contests. It's only the contest threads which wouldn't want unmarked edits.

It makes much more sense to just always mark the edits as being edited vs trying to lock or unlock all the specific threads to allow or not allow editing. And there could even be posts in a contest thread which someone might want to edit, like a response to someone else's entry that wasn't an actual entry into the contest. So even a contest thread wouldn't necessarily want to prevent edits - just unmarked ones.


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Re: Require Edits to be Marked [Re: BellaOnline] #261051 01/25/2018 2:40 PM
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The recommendation from the developers would be to either continue editing this code out, or setup a single forum where users cannot edit posts.


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