Originally Posted by zedex
"just the way this site works" You dont work for the government do you?
I know its how the site works. My question is "why was it set up this way".
There must be a valid reason.
The site functioned that way in its youth. Then some members were liberally modifying posts in the course of disagreements. This resulted in strangely distorted threads and the edit-time restriction was put in place.
A suggestion has been made about photos hosted elsewhere being easy & quick to add to a post. I use the hosting here at AIR -- but avoid delays in composing my posts by downsizing images before starting to post. Unedited digicam images are too large for our software to handle. The AIR software hosts images up to 1600 pixels on a side but that can use your allocated storage space at the site at a pretty good clip. 600 x 800 or 750 X 1000 pixel images look pretty large within a post. So plan ahead & resize images before starting to post. [the image size ratios I give are the same as a digicam's usual 3:4 sensor dimensions -- easiest way to keep it simple]
A more common complaint is the fact that logins will time out if you are inactive for a period of time. Since post composing takes place in a cookie on your computer and not at our server, our system has no way of knowing that diligent members are actively composing detailed, complicated posts. Or if they work on a post at breaks while preparing dinner or only during ads on Real Housewives. They're kicked off before they hit the submit button. A couple remedies for that:
- Rescue -- use your browser's back button to recover your typed text. Copy & paste it to a word processor.
- Draft your post on a word processor in the first place. I find the simple Notepad program on a PC is extraordinarily easy to use and has advantages of minimal formatting that helps avoid compatibility issues with our forum software. I do this -- rarely, but mostly if I'm wanting to make a clear detailed 'how to' post.
Certainly contact a mod if you want assistance in editing into a timed-out post. Our PM system won't transfer images. But I think we'd steer you to the Help Desk to do that (accessed by clicking the 'Contact Us' link at the bottom of any page).