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Should be possible to edit comments

We should be able to edit comments that we have published. I found an error in a schematic I posted, for instance, and I should be able to go back and revise it instead of deleting the whole comment and re-posting. This is a common feature in other forum software.

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endolith (author) 3 years ago
Here's an example of a comment that is factually wrong and needs to be edited to correct it: http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-True-Random-Number-Generator/?comments=all#CM5KX7DH0OJ3OZP
Actually it seems to me it should be possible to trim comments or at least reorder them so that useful feedback for other readers doesn't get lost in meandering side paths.
lemonie7 years ago
Sort of Wikipaedia like? I just know people are going to get into arguments and then change what they said. It's a bit like teacher telling you to use a ruler and put a line through it instead of using Tippex (audit-trail, or is that just a neatness issue?) L
endolith (author)  lemonie7 years ago
This is a standard feature on every web forum I have ever used, and I have never seen any problems or complaints about it. Have you ever actually used it?
No. But I don't like the idea of saying something, having a redponse and then changing what you said. Because then the respondee has to go back and change their response. And it can go on... This could be abused by people, if it hasn't in the forums in which you've used it, I'd suggest that the community is different there. Imagine a situation where an answer is solicited, and then the question changed to put that answer in a completely different context. L
endolith (author)  lemonie7 years ago
No. But I don't like the idea of saying something, having a redponse and then changing what you said. Because then the respondee has to go back and change their response. And it can go on...

It just won't happen, and if it does, it won't be as big of a deal as you're trying to make it.

Instructables forums might be abused, so we shouldn't have forums at all?

The Internet might be abused, therefore we shouldn't have the Internet?

Imagine a situation where an answer is solicited, and then the question changed to put that answer in a completely different context.

Why don't you imagine one? Imagine the worst case you can think of. It's really not a big deal at all. Not only can everyone tell that the post was edited after the fact, the "victim" can alter or delete their response at any time.

There are THOUSANDS of forums with this functionality, as it's built into vBulletin and phpBB. It's ridiculous to claim that Instructables has such a dysfunctional community that it would be a problem here when it isn't anywhere else.
Well I'd like to correct "redponse" to "response", so I'm not at all against the option. I don't think it would be productive to discuss this much further, but having seen some lengthy exchanges, it helps to have a clear transcript of the dialogue. I made no claims of dysfunctionality (or did I go back and edit them out...?) L
Sorry. I (just one user out of I'bles thousands) have already been in the middle of a discussion where one idiot made exactly that accusation against a member of the staff. Because comments _can't_ be modified post facto, not even by staff, several of us were able to point out said idiot's wrongness.
Oh, I can think of some bad ones. Lemonie has a good point. Users will abuse that feature. It can and will happen.
lemonie7 years ago
But then you'd get arguments about what people said and meant (and people can get into lengthy discussions...). Could you just reply to the original and point out the error? L
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