Editing or deleting one's own comments
I unintentionally posted a comment here that contained errors, namely confusing H.B.1602 with H.B.1680 during cross referencing. It would be helpful to have a personal editing function, so that the comment does not remain in its incorrect form and mislead others. I guess there would have to be limit on this, so that every hasty personal comment is not retracted, leaving gaps and confusing the sequential narratives. Limiting personal editing to the Discussion forum would perhaps prevent misuse of it.
This is a good point and I’ve been debating how to best handle it.
Right now, the forums are set to allow revisions for 10 minutes after a post is made to allow for error correction.
My fear in increasing it any higher is ending up in situations where someone replies to a topic, then the original poster materially alters their post.
At best this could lead to some very confusing reading, at worst it could be used to intentionally mislead or victimize people.
I fully agree, John Paul. I have posted a correction notice. That should be enough. The potential for abuse outweighs the benefits of self-editing. It also places you in a very difficult position as arbiter of the edits, and it could become a vicious circle of constant revision. I encountered that in my work, and it drove me crazy. I’ll just be taking more time to self-revise, and that should take care of it. I was in a hurry when I posted those comments and made the error. Also, I imagine that the need for editing or deletion is relatively rare, and can be taken care of by contacting you.
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