[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #4035: Remove 'Edit' Capability for forum accounts flagged for moderation

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#4035: Remove 'Edit' Capability for forum accounts flagged for moderation
 Reporter:  Ipstenu         |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  enhancement     |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal          |  Milestone:
Component:  Support Forums  |   Keywords:
 In reviewing some of the more recent issues with user harassment and
 abuse, one of the tactics abusers have engaged in is editing a post to
 disguise their actions.

 That is, they'll post something harmful, make sure it was emailed out, and
 then edit their post. We mitigate this, somewhat, with flagging users for
 moderation. This prevents @-messages and emails from being sent.

 However from this, a new trend of abusive commenting has come to light.
 That is, people post a seemingly innocuous message, get it approved, and
 then edit it to be vile. This was used by a recent company banned from
 plugin hosting. They would actually triple edit.

 In order to prevent this behaviour, and for the protection of users, I
 propose we alter the ability to edit a post on the forums. In addition to
 not permitting edits after 60 minutes have passed, I recommend we also
 prohibit the editing of posts if an account is on moderation watch.

 Doing this would prevent them from abusing and harassing the community
 under the guise that because their post was approve, the moderation team
 condoned their actions.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4035>
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