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Well you and autodrive seem to believe the following, so both of you
What matters is the accuracy and helpfulness of a reply, not whether it was first or twenty-first
@autodrive was actually quoting me but, OK, I guess it's hard work reading a thread which spans so many pages
I have seldom seen people shoot themselves so squarely in the foot as some of the people posting here because they don't like what @pjr or I had posted.
Cheating is cheating whether you call it that or not, so if the cap fits, wear it. Be offended, by all means, but realise that the thread was started in the first place because someone was offended by it. Shock news - we are all entitled to an opinion !
Those who think being first matters need to look again at who pays them the payback they so earnestly squabble over. In case it isn't obvious, giffgaff reviews the forums and weighs the balance of each individual's input. OPs don't pay payback. Kudos is nice to look at but it doesn't pay payback. It's a toy built into Lithium. The reason placement in the thread doesn't matter is that giffgaff doesn't stop reading a thread at the first few posts !
If a reply works for a poster, he will be happy and he won't much care that someone had a different idea several posts later. If the original ideas don't work, he'll be back to read some more anyway, so it doesn't matter to OPs either. It just doesn't matter.
Still, it wouldn't do for us all to be the same, and some people will never admit they might be wrong anyway, so I have nothing further to add. The interest shown does at least confirm that the subject needing raising
do a reply so as to catch them in the act then report as usual....
or a quiet word to your favourite educator.... (my preferred route)
or even don't let it bother you it's more trouble than it's worth...
and If giffgaff can't police their boards properly why should we do it for them?
yep .. also seen them and it is cheating ... have witnessed one letter or one word then waiting for others to reply and rewording it in their revisited edit.
Report it via the options link against the post concerned. To further strengthen your report copy links into your report which hi-lite multiple examples by the offender.
There was a phase where people did this a lot, some of the ones that did said they had worked for companies where they gave help on boards and got used to putting a post and then editing so that the "official" reply was the first one people saw and they had gotten into the habit. As said above, report it or just pull them up on it and if they argue then report it, depending on whether you like confrontation or not