unless i quoted a previious poster using the board's quoting function, it didn't post my reply to the thread, but instead started a whole new thread
Immediately under each message you have, among others, the options "Reply to This Message" and "Quote This Message". Both will create a reply in the same thread, the only difference being that "Quote This Message" will insert a quote of the message that you are replying to in your reply. To avoid excessive quoting, it might be easier to use the "Reply to This Message" function and add quotes as needed with the quote button in the editor.
I approve of being able to edit posts again- helps a lot when stuff goes wrong! Also seems only faiir in suuch circumstances as people are being threatened/having stuff stirred about them in real life etc by the groups concerned. We don't have to go through what they are going through, to keep stuff they've written, when we don't know the consequences they're facing, annd if they don't want to face them anymore it's their choice
This is not really a technical issue, but I'll comment on it anyway. The editing window is 30 minutes after posting. It's meant to allow people to fix mistakes, often spelling and formatting errors, which they notice after they have posted a message. Editing is not meant for people who regret their postings and it cannot be used for that purpose, unless someone regrets real quick. When 30 minutes have past from the original submission, the "Edit" button disappears and editing is no longer possible. Anonymity is still there to protect posters from harassment though, and the forum rules that everyone has agreed to explicitly warn every user against posting things that he later might regret.
Also note that editing is only available to logged-in users. Anonymous postings (possible only on the tech support forum) cannot be edited at all because the system can't distingush one anonymous user from another. Those who post anonymously should use the preview button as many times as needed to prevent the need of editing.