Posted by Larry Hoover on August 22, 2003, at 10:15:58
In reply to Re: opportunities for mischief, posted by Dr. Bob on August 22, 2003, at 3:15:21
> [from http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20030808/msgs/253004.html]
> > Eeeeeek!!! Say it isn't so, Dr. Bob. Oh, the opportunities for mischief! Posting something dreadfully uncivil, leaving it up just long enough for it to be seen, and then removing it, leaving any objections to seem ridiculous and mean spirited. Isn't it better to ask people to think before they hit the confirm button, not after it's up for the whole world to see?
> It's not necessarily either-or. And there may be more mischief, but also fewer hurt feelings.
> You don't think it would be good enough, as discussed earlier, to allow editing of only the most recent post in a thread, to indicate if posts have been edited, and, of course, to continue to address any residual incivility?
My personal opinion is that would *not* be good enough. You can't unsay words. The hurt they engender is not removable by apology or retraction.
The current process, wherein it is necessary to both submit and confirm your message, is adequate time to rethink the selection of words.