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I propose that the original author should always be able to rename a topic s/he created regardless of the setting for ALLOWTOPICRENAME.

Granted, this would be difficult to implement with code like in the AthensRelease, so I propose instead a simplification:

  • The author should always be able to rename a topic if no further revisions to that topic have been made.

This would solve:

  • frustration for the author
  • administration for the web-admin

A nice to have would be to be able to specify this in ALLOWTOPICRENAME, e.g. ALLOWTOPICRENAME=FirstAuthor,

But this then leads to the question of how to keep clean the namespace of tokens such as FirstAuthor.

-- MartinCleaver - 24 Jun 2002

What about references to the topic? This gives more power to the user. Still I take your point - would be a sensible setting.

-- JohnTalintyre - 24 Jun 2002

(removed comment about not being able to rename a topic; this was more of a social issue rather than a technological one; TWikiCommunityGroup was created, and addresses this issue (on twiki.org))

-- WillNorris - 09 Dec 2003

-- MartinCleaver - 09 Dec 2003

The restrictions are there as rename can be very destructive. It doesn't just change a topic but can (would normally) change all topics that refer to the one being renamed.

  • that's doesn't sound destructive, unless rename is broken -- WillNorris - 28 Sep 2004

Perhaps we can come up with a "lesser rename" that can be used as described in AuthorShouldBeAbleToRename. Perhaps a combination of not allowing other topics to be changed, AvoidRenameLosingHistory and author can alter if no one has edited would make sense.

-- JohnTalintyre - 09 Dec 2003

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