# Editing posts

1. Feb 11, 2007

### Pyrrhus

Hello PF, i've never thought much about the importance of editing threads, but as i started a tutorial, it has become important to me. I wonder, why can't we keep editing our posts? and why is the time for editing so low? and what is the exact figure of such time?

Sincerely,
Cyclovenom.

Last edited: Feb 11, 2007
2. Feb 11, 2007

### cristo

Staff Emeritus
Well, I can't answer the why questions, but you can edit a post for 24 hours after you post.

3. Feb 11, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

The reason you can only edit a post within 24 hours is to prevent people from going back and changing the content of their posts and possibly causing confusion in the thread if the edits change the meaning.

If you need to have edits done after 24 hours you can ask a mentor to do the edit. That way, if the edit significantly changes the direction of the thread, we can decide how best to handle it, such as split off subsequent posts into a new thread.

4. Feb 11, 2007

### Pyrrhus

5. Feb 13, 2007

### robphy

One could also write the tutorial in your PF-blog (formerly, Journal), which you can freely edit.

Unfortunately, it doesn't support $$\LaTeX$$ (which renders it of limited use to me). Such a feature would have been nice, especially since the $$\LaTeX$$ preview feature was broken. In addition, the blog would have been a good place to compose over time multiple future [$$\LaTeX$$ enhanced] posts.

6. Feb 13, 2007

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
My suggestion, if you're working on a tutorial and your editing time expires, is to quote your post, do all your editing in a new post (in the same thread), and then contact a mentor (or report the post) to replace the original with the edited version. That way, we can just copy your entire post and not lose something in the process. And, the updated version will be available immediately in the thread without having to wait for one of us to have time to assist with the editing.