This is rich... epicski had no problem with me "destructively," as you call it, editing posts up to five months after I posted something. Ideals and policy are different. I'm sorry, but this implementation of a new editing policy is unjust for--at the very least--the fact that all posts posted under the pretense they could later be amended are now cut off from edits. This even isn't in agreement with what was said earlier in the thread about how moderators could edit posts at the request of a user.
Now, why did epicski for most of its existence allow indefinite edits? There must have been a reason users had the liberty to edit posts months after they posted.
You seem to hold the view that a thread would be shattered, and users would be made to look dumb, if a post was destructively edited. Well, how is it any different if I manually "edit away" a youtube video I post, versus me deleting or changing the privacy settings in Youtube externally? And if this grave situation can happen outside the control of epicski, and if the integrity of users and threads can be compromised so much by the removal of previously-posted content, then why doesn't epicski prevent users from uploading ANY youtube videos? Heaven forbid that a post here would ever get altered in any way...
Let me start off with this: READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE
We have not changed a single iota of the terms of service despite changing how the software allows editing. They're the site bible, you agreed to abide by them. Destructive editing can and frequently does lead to a breach of those terms.
Changing content was never encouraged or the ideal of the site. I don't believe we said we would edit every request, only that we may be contacted if there was a concern. Perhaps something does need modified like a link or video, in which case we can address that. But we wouldn't approve of going back and deleting posts or significant chunks of content.
What do you actually think about threads? On one hand you're arguing changing content on old threads isn't really a big deal because people aren't all that involved in them anymore, but on the other hand you're saying that it is essential that you are able to edit.
We can only control what we can. I'm not even going to waste my time presenting an example for that argument.