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    Re <post:=697,313>post 697,313</post:>
    I post it, and an hour later dream up a new caption, edit my post, and there it is.
    Now (a) It's Scuttlebut and ( it doesn't greatly affect the original intent of the post.
    Even were this in, say, VBA, I would consider it an "icing on the cake" change for newcomers to the thread; not something that well-read loungers need to embed in their knowledge.

    I understand that "mark as edited" allows me to mark the post as edited, and allows me to add a reason for the edit. "Typo", usually; something that weaseled its way through the american spell-checker.

    But what does "mark as edited" do for others?
    Are there loungers who filter out, or in, edited messages?
    When I read a thread, or when I return to a thread, I don't see any flag "edited" that warns me of a slight change in something I've already embedded in my tiny brain.

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    Re: Mark as edited

    If the original post is rather long and the change is trivial, then marking as edited allows others to make an informed decision about re-reading the post.

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    Re: Mark as edited

    Personally speaking, if someone edits a message, I prefer they mark it as such at the top, along with a brief explanation as to why. If the post is long, and the writer has added something at the end, it is not always obvious.

    If you are correcting minor typo's immediately after posting, there is probably little point in marking it as edited as it will still appear as a New Post to most readers. However, if the correction is fundamental - i.e. amendments to code, or the addition of bribery payments to one of the Admins ( <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ) - marking with a reason may be helpful to a Lounger who has received a notification email with the original text.

    Note that notification of posts contain only the original text of the post, not a later edited version. Subscribers to digests should receive the posts as it exists at the time the digest is emailed.

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    Re: Mark as edited

    >allows others to make an informed decision about re-reading the post.
    Thanks. This answers part of my question.
    If I decide that the change is trivial (a typo that might inhibit successful searches some months later) then I don't "mark as edited", right? So no-one reading the thread needs to make a decision.

    But where do they see the "marked as edited" flag anyway?

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    Re: Mark as edited

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 26-Feb-08 15:26. to show Chris where the Mark as edited bit goes (and add this graphic))</P>Right at the top of the post. Note that the time/date-stamp is local to the poster and not adjusted for automatically for users time-zone offset as the time/date of the post itself is. (It's rather academic anyway, as the post itself shows the time and date it was edited...)
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    Re: Mark as edited

    And in addition to Leif's reply, you can see whether a post has been marked as edited if you're looking at a thread in threaded mode.
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    Re: Mark as edited

    I have my own version, of course. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mark as edited

    Oooh - I'm tempted.... <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mark as edited

    >at the top, along with a brief explanation
    I agree, within the body of the post, this makes sense; as does (later) ... at the end of the body of the post.

    >Note that notification of posts contain only the original text of the post, not a later edited version. Subscribers to digests should receive the posts as it exists at the time the digest is emailed.
    This suggests that I'll possibly see two different versions of a post in my mail run:
    (1) the reply as originally posted, complete with any typos, which were later corrected
    (2) the reply as snapshot hours later, after typos are corrected.

    Digests seem to be mailed out around midnight EST, once a day, and I had assumed that they were prepared at that time, rather than accumulated as each message was posted.
    Notifications arrives as the post is made, pretty well instantly.

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    Re: Mark as edited

    >(Edited by Leif on 26-Feb-08 15:26. to show Chris where the Mark as edited bit goes (and add this graphic))
    >Right at the top of the post.

    Thanks, I'd seen this previously, when reading posts, but I'd seen it only because I happened to be reading the post, not because I had been alerted in some way that an update to a specific post was available. That is, the posters efforts in "mark as edited" hadn't done anything for me (probably because I didn't know what to look for).

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    Re: Mark as edited

    >if you're looking at a thread in threaded mode.
    Thanks, Hans; I see this now. I hadn't noticed it before because I abhor threaded posts. I always view in flat mode.

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    Re: Mark as edited

    >I have my own version, of course.
    Surely "edited as Hans", rather than "Mark as edited"?

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    Re: Mark as edited

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 26-Feb-08 17:58. [red]One can also leave a message[/red])</P>>But what does "mark as edited" do for others?
    In summary, it seems that the answer to this question is "[/i]It shows up as a flag in Threaded mode[/i]"

    I have also learned, I think, that it's contrary to etiquette to mark as edited a post with a small typo correction, except when the typo might impact a search down the road.

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