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    • CommentAuthorRon Edwards
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2005 edited


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    Editing is going to be an issue, I think. When I move threads, they're marked as "edited," for instance. Or when someone reaches maximum post-size, the result might have to get edited.

    Anyway, I guess the rule is going to have to be, "No editing for content revision, just grammatical and logistic." I'll edit your posts for these reasons upon emailed request.

    So it's a social-contract thing - when you see an edited post, you'll have to trust me that it's not been revamped for social or ego reasons, just fixed for some mechanics-type reason.

    Best, Ron


    Here's another revision: that stuff about two weeks, above? Forget that.

    Until further notice, all discussions are 'live.'

    Best, Ron