Why is it not possible to edit or delete a reaction in this community once someone has reacted on the topic after you did?

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It may happen to us all... You have reacted to a post or a reaction someone has placed but after some time you find that your wording could have been better, or the reaction should not have been placed at all.

Now If nobody has reacted after you placed it, you have the option to edit or to delete. That option is gone once someone has reacted.
The harm cannot be undone, the wording cannot be refined and this may lead to an argument you did not anticipate and certainly did not want to happen.

Fortunately, sometimes there is an alert Mindjet employee moderating this community who deletes the reaction you did not want. Thanks to Mindjet for that action.

My question to Get Satisfaction developers is: Please let us edit ALL our posts and reactions, at any time, to avoid streetfights.
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I support that recommendation.
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If this would be possible it would have a lot of consequences for the follow-up reactions from others as well... meaning that if you delete your reaction, this should also delete all follow-up reactions as you're 'breaking the thread'. Also, if you were able to edit your reaction after someone has reacted on it this would also break the thread as the follow-up reactions might not be related to your edited reaction anymore.
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That is exactly what I would love to be able to do and what is missing in the options right now. Bear in mind that I only refer to my own posts, and reactions. They are mine and I can be held responsible for the consequences.

I should be allowed to change my view on certain aspects,
I should be allowed to change or delete my reaction if it does not really contribute to the discussion.

And ofcourse there is a reason why we should have these options.
Every reaction has a trigger, If the wording of the trigger could be made more precise, the quality of the discussion and the solution will always be better.
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Mathieu I don't think that editing a post or follow-up should break the thread and force the deletion of any subsequent responses. I know this isn't Ary's intent but one unintended consequence would be in effect to allow potential censorship; someone making a post, or commenting on a post, could decide that they don't like the following comments and eliminate them all by deleting their own post.

One option to look allowing the editing of posts and reactions but follow Facebook's example of keeping and showing access to the original text. If follow-up comments from others no longer make sense because the context has changed as a result of the original post or earlier responses on it being edited, then this would provide a way to see the original. Similarly while people should be able to delete their comments, the blank response and the subsequent comments should be retained.