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Question: How long should someone be allowed to change or delete one of their post?
15 minutes - 1 (1.9%)
1 hour - 1 (1.9%)
24 hours - 18 (34.6%)
1 week - 7 (13.5%)
1 month - 7 (13.5%)
no limit - 18 (34.6%)
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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2010, 04:30:27 PM »

I would suggest 48-72 hours, but those were not options so I voted "1 week."  There have been plenty of times when I have had to go back and correct typos and even technical errors on my posts more than a day after posting.  After that, I have no problem saying you need to post a follow-on in the thread to "correct" something.

I know I have posted many, many things here over the years that would make little or no sense, or could possibly even be dangerous, without the background of all previous messages in the thread.  This has to be about more than any one person picking up their ball and leaving the field.

I guess the real question is who owns the posts?  Do all posts become property of Bus Conversions Enterprises to do what they wish with once I hit the post button?  Is there a terms of service that defines who owns posts? ...


Yes, there is a "terms of service" (TOS), to which you had to agree in order to register.  I have reproduced it below for anyone who has forgotten.  Depending on how long ago you registered, I suppose it is possible you agreed to slightly different verbiage than this.

The legal answer to your question is complex.  Since the TOS does not suggest you will give up copyright in your posts, then you own the content of the post.  And since the TOS does not explicitly say that you are giving the board a permanent and irrevocable right to "use" the post (Mike -- you should think about fixing this oversight), technically you would be on reasonable ground to ask that any such copyrighted post be removed.  However, and this is a big "however," courts have generally held that even though you do not relinquish all your rights in copyright by posting your material in this kind of forum, the forum operators are generally held harmless from any legal action resulting from storing, copying, and publishing that content in the specific context of the forum when you, the copyright holder, have placed the material there yourself.  In other words, even though BCM has not explicitly written in the TOS that they have the right to use your post content here, the do have such a right de facto when you are the one who posted it.  (By contrast, if I misappropriated your copyrighted material and posted it here, you could demand the forum operators remove it.  But note that the TOS already forbids me from posting someone else's copyrighted material.)

I would say that the board is within its rights to refuse to remove posts here when posted by the original copyright holder.  That being said, I suggest they change the TOS to make this explicit.  You will notice that most TOS agreements for the "big boys" spell this out, such as Yahoo and Google, as do most BBS forums.  Buried in the many pages of small-font legalese it will tell you that once you've placed your material on their site, there is no way for them to remove it permanently.

... Once you post something on a public bulletin board without copyrighting it first, aren't you giving it away? ...


No, and this is now well-established in case law.  For the record, everything I have ever typed here is copyrighted by me.  There is no longer any need to apply for or register copyrights in the U.S. -- original works are copyrighted the moment they are created.  When I find my posts have been cut-and-pasted somewhere else (as opposed to just hot-linked), I vigorously pursue that.

I have noticed my posts (along with others) occasionally appear in the magazine.  With all due respect to Mike and Chad, that's actually borderline.  Again, this can be fixed by them spelling out, in the user agreement, that anything posted here can be reprinted in the magazine (again, Mike, suggest you do this to stay protected).

So, generally, when you come across material posted in an on-line forum, that material is still copyrighted by the original poster, unless that site's TOS requires the poster to relinquish that right.  Some sites, for example, mandate a right-to-use for any purpose, meaning the site could take your posts, make a book from them, and sell it without any further permission from you.  Therefore you can not, for example, copy one of my posts here and then paste it over on BNO, or Escapees, or whatever, without my permission first.

As with all copyright issues, there is a doctrine known as "fair use" and that does come into play.  That's how I can, for example, paste very small bits of the National Electrical Code here from time to time.  It would also allow you to make a personal copy on your own computer of almost everything on the Internet for your own personal use (but not republishing elsewhere).  So if I rambled on for two pages (kinda like in this post), you could copy a few lines of that, put it in quotes, and post it elsewhere for certain purposes, as long as you attributed it to me.  This is also how we can all legally "quote" each others' posts here, and you might notice the board software does the attribution automatically.

FWIW.

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« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2010, 04:38:41 PM »

Out of curiousity, where is the TOS posted besides during the initial signup?  I spent about five minutes looking through the forum and the main Bus Conversions website earlier today and didn't find it.
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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2010, 05:58:43 PM »

Sorry, I said I would reproduce the TOS, then forgot to include it.  Here it is:

You agree, through your use of this forum, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2010, 06:19:00 PM »

I will probably vote for 48 hours in a day or two after I think about it.

Here is one issue that I am not sure how to deal with: many of my posts drag on for a couple of weeks or more as I and others add comments and data.  When the discussion changes significantly or a good "drift" occurs, I go back and modify the title (modifying initial post) a bit to both reflect the information contained as well as to give better search "handles".  Often times I go back days later.

Given that thought, maybe we should separate the issue of removing posts vs modifying posts.  That, of course, opens the board to the method Dallas used by going back and modifying each post.  As I think about it another couple of minutes, I think the only way to "delete" a message is to delete the text - is that correct?

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« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2010, 06:26:35 PM »

...  When the discussion changes significantly or a good "drift" occurs, I go back and modify the title (modifying initial post) a bit to both reflect the information contained as well as to give better search "handles".  Often times I go back days later.

Given that thought, maybe we should separate the issue of removing posts vs modifying posts.  ...  As I think about it another couple of minutes, I think the only way to "delete" a message is to delete the text - is that correct?


Yes, posts can not be deleted, only edited.  As long as you leave full edit capability in place, posters will be free to delete the entire contents of each post.

I don't know if SMF will support such a strategy, but perhaps editing of posts can be restricted after a period of time to thread title only.  That would achieve your objective.  Just a thought.

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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2010, 06:32:09 PM »

Sean your depth of knowledge never fails to impress me.  Marilyn served as the copyright cop for our provincial technical institute (SIAST) for several years - 6 I think.  She hated every minute of it but was really good at it so they wouldn't let her quit.  Canadian copyright law is pretty well exactly as Sean has described US law.  If you wrote it and can prove you wrote it then you own it unless you explicitly gave up ownership.  I'd echo your advice to Mike about reprinting directly from the forum without first revising the TOS.
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2010, 08:19:24 AM »

Thanks, Bob.  One of the consequences of a career spent in an industry whose only real stock-in-trade was intellectual property (IP), is that I have lost count of the number of times I've been locked into a meeting room with a pack of lawyers lecturing me about its protection.  Many of those lawyers had full-time jobs pursuing misappropriators of their company's IP -- there is no shortage of people willing to steal the ideas and hard work of others.

Brian, I'm sorry, I meant to also write earlier that I could not find the TOS posted anywhere on the site either.  The way I got it for reproduction above was to turn private browsing on (so the site could not see my cookies) and enter the registration process as a new user.  When I got to the TOS page I copied it, then came back here to post it.  I would suggest to Mike that after they are done tweaking the user agreement as I recommended earlier, they should make sure there is a link to it accessible to all current members of the forum as well.

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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2010, 07:50:35 PM »

One thing about editing.  I have edited my "bus specs" on the "Post your bus int, ext, pictures here" numerous times during the past 6 years as I change different things as time rolls on.  I've even updated some pictures within that thread.  I wouldn't want to lose that feature.  I'm kind of selfish though.  My Eagle is on the first page of the thread and gets seen a lot, so I try to keep it fresh. 

I have updated some old threads if I feel I have more pertinent info regarding the subject, but not necessarily worthy of bringing it back to the top of the board. 

As far as deleting, I don't think I've ever deleted a post in the 11 years I've been contributing to this forum, so I ask, "is there really a problem the way it is?"  Our honorable forum moderators don't need any extra work.

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« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2010, 04:42:33 AM »

I am bringing this back to page 1. When it leaves page 1 this time, I will consider the voting done. The moderators will then discuss this and make a decision.  Thanks tom all that voted and explained there reasons.  Jack
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« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2010, 05:08:29 AM »

How are we supposed to know if an old post was edited (short of opening every thread & looking for the edit note at the bottom of the post? That "Post your bus here" thread is 26 pages long - ain't got the time to go back thru the tedium of waiting for all those pictures to load just to see if someone changed something.

As for me, I do like having a fixed archive - that you can add to. What good is looking up information in the archive if it can be changed after you read it? Kinda diminishes the credibility & renders the information is less credible since you can't depend on the post you referenced remaining constant. The great thing about being able to ADD a post is that the reader can see the information evolve & the discussion is easier to follow. . . .


One thing about editing.  I have edited my "bus specs" on the "Post your bus int, ext, pictures here" numerous times during the past 6 years as I change different things as time rolls on.  I've even updated some pictures within that thread.  I wouldn't want to lose that feature.  I'm kind of selfish though.  My Eagle is on the first page of the thread and gets seen a lot, so I try to keep it fresh. 

I have updated some old threads if I feel I have more pertinent info regarding the subject, but not necessarily worthy of bringing it back to the top of the board. 

As far as deleting, I don't think I've ever deleted a post in the 11 years I've been contributing to this forum, so I ask, "is there really a problem the way it is?"  Our honorable forum moderators don't need any extra work.

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« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2010, 07:37:31 PM »

How are we supposed to know if an old post was edited (short of opening every thread & looking for the edit note at the bottom of the post? That "Post your bus here" thread is 26 pages long - ain't got the time to go back thru the tedium of waiting for all those pictures to load just to see if someone changed something.

Your right.  If my coach was on page 26 I'd probably never add/change anything. 

On the editing of old posts, there is this one post about "Eagle cooling issues" that I was very involved in back in 2006 that got really long (4 pages I think).  Over a period of a many months I made some mods and changes to the cooling system and edited the old post appropriately, but pretty much quit bringing the post back to the top.  Since that time, however, I have referenced that post with a link to it, many times when someone has subsequently come to the board about an Eagle cooling issue.  Without the editing feature I would have had to start a new thread to update my progress or bring the old post back to the top, and the reader would have to troll through the stuff that didn't work right and finally after all that reading get toward the bottom to the successful end.  That post with 4 pages still has a lot of stuff that didn't work. 

The editing gives another option to change some info in the thread.


One thing about editing.  I have edited my "bus specs" on the "Post your bus int, ext, pictures here" numerous times during the past 6 years as I change different things as time rolls on.  I've even updated some pictures within that thread.  I wouldn't want to lose that feature.  I'm kind of selfish though.  My Eagle is on the first page of the thread and gets seen a lot, so I try to keep it fresh. 

I have updated some old threads if I feel I have more pertinent info regarding the subject, but not necessarily worthy of bringing it back to the top of the board. 

As far as deleting, I don't think I've ever deleted a post in the 11 years I've been contributing to this forum, so I ask, "is there really a problem the way it is?"  Our honorable forum moderators don't need any extra work.

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« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2010, 08:01:38 PM »

Yep, it is nice to have concise threads discussing a problem/ fix. Would be nice to toss out the long winded missives that don't add any technical info but are heavy on the only remotely related personal story from years gone by or simply detour the thread onto a useless tangent.  Roll Eyes  Shocked

So, how would I handle the occasional thread that is usefull for future reference?
I'm sure the moderators will assist with the cleanup & posting of that thread in the technical archives. Of course, when things need to be revised, the moderators will work with you to make the improvements.  Cool

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« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2010, 03:01:04 PM »

When I find an especially useful post I try to remember to copy and paste it into my bus forum folder.

Text takes very little hard drive space and is much easier to find than searching the archives.

It seems only fair that anyone posting should have the option of removing his own post at any time. Maybe there should be a shorter time limit for editing, but not removing.
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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2010, 05:14:24 PM »

I'm not a fan of tearing holes in the fabric of this board. Removing a post is the same as removing threads out of a tapestry or pieces from a puzzle.

I am a fan of locking editing options after a week or two. If after that you need a post removed, fine, but only with the intervention of a moderator so the part of the post that matters to the thread can remain - anonymously & paraphrased if desired.  Cool

How's that for a compromise that places more burdens on the moderators?  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2010, 05:19:43 PM »

Personally this is a quite sensitive subject for me.

I haven't slept a wink, or ate a bit of food since all this started with the person who removed all his extremely knowledgeable expertise and wisdom from here and changed his name!

What am I going to do, I'm going to start looking and acting like a scarecrow or zombie any minute now!  











Blah, hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Honestly, if a "grown" person wants to destroy any and all traces of wisdom, who are we to judge or interfere?

OF my personal thought is that once posted, it should be posted period! With allowances for editing but not removing ALL content! (in other words if whoever gets their panties all wadded up, and wants to create a stir by removing their past posts allow them to edit it, but make it where a post can not be completely empty, or deleted!)

I did allow for some ability to change your mind to delete post up to 24 hrs, as I know sometimes people post silly, stupid, or hateful things without thinking while mad and should be able to remove them if they come to their senses with in 24 hrs.

But ya know, really if ya don't want it out there or are worried who might read it later, it shouldn't be POSTED on a public forum at all!
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