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1. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

was just thinking it would be helpful if moderators could edit subject headings, for instance if it was innapropriate or if it was possible to add a word that would make more sense for the thread content..?

any thoughts on this mods?


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Though not a mod, I'll throw in my opinion :)

First, I cannot remember ever having seen a thread that had an inappropriate header, while not being in violation of other forum rules as well, and therefore a candidate for removal anyway.

Second, although I am not unsympathetic to the idea of 'helping' members that cannot manage to clearly state the topic of their contribution in the thread header, there is a very real risk of mods imposing their own interpretations on members' threads, which is undesirable to say the least... such interference would also be a rather fundamental break with current TP moderation policy, which I think is one of the attractive features of this forum.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have had the same thought at times Mim - not necessarily to change the subject title persay but more to correct the spelling - thought thats getting really teacherish like getting out the red marker pen l suppose!

bentivogli has a good point too and to re-write the subject title l suppose would be an infrigement on TP members l guess..............

but it would give us mods more power mwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (joke btw!!!)

4. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Anything that gives more power to the mods, I'm in all for it!

Seriously, I've had the same thought for a long time already, but just didn't put it forward to be discussed. I've seen plenty of threads which I thought the subjects could be better written to get the attention of others.

A very good example is posters who likes to use the vague "HELP!!!" or "Advice Needed!!!" for their threads. Help what? What kind of advice? In these cases, a little bit more description would go a long way.

Another example, instead of just using the title "Visa" in a regional forum (Asia, Europe, North America, etc.), we could edit it by adding a couple more words to it to reflect more of what the poster actually wanted to ask, like the country or type of visa. Travellers who have knowledge on that matter would be able to identify it more quickly and click on it to view more.

Like in this thread, Travelling Alone, we could modify the title to, say, "Parents worry about teen girl travelling alone", and I'm sure it'll catch more attention of the other members.

I think if this is to be implemented, the mods will have to contact the poster of the title change so that the member would not go around looking for his/her thread later on. Or we could use the same style for moved threads, creating another thread called "RENAMED: blah blah blah".

More power for the mods, I say!

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6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've thought about this too and vacillate on the apropriateness of changing a title. On one hand, there are members who have contacted me about changing their thread title because they made a mistake about something/place they named in it (ie: going to Peru but wrote Brazil because that was their first planned destination which fell through). I can see how accommodating that type of request would be beneficial to both the poster and the members who will potentially reply. (I've deleted a few and had the originator just repost their thread with the correct info in the title.)

On the other hand, not everyone who posts a thread subscribes to their thread. If the name is changed at a Moderator's discretion, the poster may not recognize their own thread when they check back again. Yes, they could be notified of the change via PM, but not all members read their PMs or e-mail notifications. (I know of 2 members who delete every PM and e-mail notification without opening either because they receive too much e-mail as it is. No, one is not CC!) Granted, those are extreme cases, but cases just the same.

Members choose their titles for whatever reasons - to grab people's attention, to state what they want, they are in a hurry for answers, whatever - but they chose those titles and is it fair to them to change it because we, as Moderators, think it looks or sounds better? At the same time, shouldn't the poster agree to the changes before they are made? (Just playing devil's advocate here...) What if they really don't want their title changed and it is anyway? I understand that no thread is "owned" by the originator, but members do feel a sense of ownership because it's their question(s) they are asking. We may not think the title makes sense but someone else may understand it perfectly.

One more thought - (yup - almost done) how will changing the title affect e-mail notifications to those who have subscribed to that thread? The notifications contain the title of the thread along with the link to it, but will changing the title in the forum also change the title in the notification? That could be more programming than someone wants to do...

Okay - one more thought - I realize Mim's request is meant to deal with minor changes in a title to make it more specific, appropriate, succinct, etc. Heather makes a point with correcting misspellings and being "teacherish". (We won't even bring the Grammar Police into this one...) Where does one draw the edit line?

Isa now steps down from the soapbox and heads off to have Friday after work drinks with Beerman and friends.

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