Originally Posted by Sister Morphine
It keeps everyone honest, I think.
Exactly. Members have 48 hours in which to edit a post they have made. After 48 hours the post "locks" and the ability to edit is restricted to Mods and Admins.
We've had instances in the past where disaffected members attempted to edit and even delete every post they had made within a particular discussion. This meant that all posts made by other members in response no longer had context and the flow of discussion appeared nonsensical.
There have also been cases where members who had a disagreement with either a moderator or another member had then demanded that every post they had ever made be deleted from the Forums. If that member had the ability to edit their posts stretching back a year, great damage could have been done to the integrity of many discussions.
No, the ability to edit for 48 hours is quite long enough for most members to correct errors and typos.