Kind of pointless if you're high enough level to approve
posts, isn't it? Unless there's some mechanism preventing
you from approving your own posts that I don't know of
(which is a possibility, since I haven't looked into it
Update: Turnstep, I agree that the
front page isn't read, and cite you as
evidence. I just meant that having nodes removed from
the front page was exactly the same as allowing people
to edit front-page nodes, if the level-limit for editing
was set to Friar.
No, you can definitely approve your own posts. For me, as for
most monks (especially the higher levels) the frontpage
is kind of irrelevant anyway: everyone just reads
the Newest Nodes page anyway. :)
I don't know how big a deal the front page issue is, since it seems that a number of people work from the Newest Nodes nodelet.
A solution that I've been thinking about is you petition 2, or possibly 3, monks of sufficient rank to go to a page where the node number of the offending node is entered. After 2 (or 3) different monks have entered the node number, it then becomes available for a one time edit by the owner.
This removes the work load from vroom, doesn't add significant additional effort for the moderators, and causes the monk-with-a-problem to think about what he's going to edit. e-mail or /msg can be used to petition the ranked monks to grant the editing ability, and if anyone really cares, puts a level of anominimity in the process, since the 2 (or 3) approving monks don't really need to know who each other are.
This same mechanism could conceivably used to allow a user to request a delete of a node, also. In fact, it has the advantage of allowing the regular moderators to delete empty nodes, since when a moderator notices and empty node, s/he just enters the node number. The next moderator does the same thing, and before you know it, *poof*, it's gone.
Oh yea, and a moderator can't enter node IDs s/he owns for editing/deleteing. All action requires the approval of 2 (or 3) non-owning monks.