I have an ethical question for you all. Some of my forum posters edit out hundreds or even thousands of their posts from years ago, when they are angry or off their rocker or depressed or crazy or having mood swings or whatever. Sometimes for a good reason, but often for no reason at all.
While part of me recognizes that it may be their personal right to do so, with their own posts, the drawback of this is that it leaves gaps in the discussion topics, and if they are the OP in the topic, then the title of the topic is blanked out to a line or dot only, which looks bad when you have topics with empty titles.
So what's more important: Giving posters the right to edit or delete their own posts, for any reason, even for no reason, or maintaining the integrity of the board and preventing gaps and blank titles from making the board look bad and weird? When there's a conflict between individual civil liberties vs. maintaining the structure of the topics on the board, which is more important? What do you all think?
Do any of you deal with this issue too? If so, how have you handled it? Do you allow everyone to edit or remove their posts for any reason? Or do you disallow it? Or do you only allow it if the poster has a good reason and makes a special request to the admin or moderators?
Should I go to Post Settings and put a time limit on how long a user can edit or delete their post? If so, what's the best time limit that's fair and reasonable? 3 hrs, 6 hrs, 12 hrs, 24 hrs? What do you all think?