Should we disable the "Save silently" feature when editing posts?

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asked Dec 6, 2015 in Meta by Daniel Mietchen (1,160 points)
When editing posts, one can tick a box "Save silently to hide that this was edited", which will thus not trigger an entry in the public version history. Should we disable that feature in the interest of a complete record?

2 Answers

+2 votes
answered Dec 9, 2015 by Christian Pietsch (240 points)
I agree that we should be transparent about edits. Otherwise a version history would be rather useless.

Looking through the admin settings, I just discovered that the "save silently" feature was enabled for moderators and administrators only. There does not seem to be an option to switch this feature off completely, but I was able to make it available for administrators only. As long as we cannot switch off this feature completely, I would encourage administrator to refrain from using it voluntarily. Is everybody happy with this?
commented Jan 10, 2016 by ArtOfCode (90 points)
Fine by me. There are occasions when it's necessary to edit silently (removing private information comes to mind), when doing it from a database would be more effort than is required. For any other edit, it's unnecessary.
+1 vote
answered Dec 6, 2015 by Dilaton (100 points)
I think it is better to disable it, as the feature could be misused to smuggle in unwanted content (spam, nonsense, etc) without anybody taking note of it.

Disabling it would also have the effect that each edit triggers a new entry in the list of activity, which does not hurt either as the site is running rather calmly at present ...

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