Current consensus on permissible length of editing time for a post? Hi, everybody. I run a forum that's not nearly as active as it used to be (much like many others I imagine), but there are sections that are quite active. I started the forum in 2000, and we hit 1,000,000 posts this year. In my forum, grad school applicants will make posts asking for advice. In these posts, the applicants will frequently state their qualifications, such as their alma mater, their GPA, their work experience, their GRE scores, papers they have published, etc. What happens regularly enough to make it an issue for me is that a poster will contact me asking me to delete their thread. Now mind you, we have guidelines in place with clearly stated rules. Our current editing time is something like five days. (I used to have unlimited time, but a salty poster came back and edited every single one of his threads, rendering much of the forum he posted in nonsensical.) I must state that I would never want to put anyone's privacy or personal or professional life at risk, so I can understand why people need threads edited. We generally ask them to give us some text to replace their original post with, which some people comply with. (Many others do not though.) However, times have changed. People are much more aware of privacy matters now, and well, the Internet has aged. I don't think anyone, myself included, would have imagined a forum existing for so long and being so searchable. There seems to be a trend towards giving people a right to manage their own privacy. Sites like Reddit, for example, allow unlimited editing time, and don't seem to care whether a conversation is hard to follow as a result. A couple of years ago, I created a forum that's hidden from guests and search engines to which I could move threads by request. I've had such a request maybe three times, unfortunately. I've brought up these thoughts with my users and moderators, and they like things the way they are; they don't like it when users come back and delete their posts. Furthermore, the forum has become somewhat well known in one particular niche in academia, probably partly because of the long history of users who offer up their numbers, stats, and admissions results. But I wanted to get advice from others who run forums to see what they think. P.S. I saw the poll option and added that, thinking it would be helpful. I tried to limit the number of options to get a better sense of who prefers a very short editing time vs. a few days vs. unlimited editing time.