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Experimenting with user comment editing

We are trying out a plug-in that lets people edit their comments on Samizdata for five minutes after posting them… no more eye watering typos, right? This is just an experiment to see if this causes anything else to break.

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21 comments to Experimenting with user comment editing

  • James Strong

    Whit a goodidea.

  • Just another test.

    Seems to work, as the Bishop said to the Actress! Woof!

  • Laird

    I noticed it after my last post, just as I hit the button to close that window. Good luck with it. As long as it doesn’t “break” anything else it will be a great feature.

    But I still plan to use the old “preview” button. “Edit” will be an emergency option only.

  • Brian, follower of Deornoth

    I don’t know if it is related, but I notice that entering a URL of http://samizdata.net/ causes a Forbidden error. This has started in the last couple of weeks or so.

  • Not related, Brian, that has been the case for months now and it is a hosting related glitch that I hope to see fixed in the ‘not too distant future'(tm)

  • Perry, that’s a great idea and will save me much embarrassment – and the occasional need to post again to say that ‘to’ should be read as ‘not’ and the like (the combination of spellchecker with my typos is deadly 🙂 ). I have a talent for reviewing, posting and then spotting the obvious typo immediately after. 5 minutes sounds right to me – I almost always spot my typos within 5 minutes.

    (On another ‘making things better’ subject, instead of ‘Samizdata Quote of the Day’ might we have ‘Quote of the Day – Keyword’ (where keyword is whatever is enough to distinguish today’s from the prior and next two SQotDs). Where more than one is getting much comment, it would help distinguish.)

  • Thailover

    Wongerful. 😉

  • Jan Hards

    Somewhat off topic: how do people engaging with and lurking on Samizdata comment threads access such comments? More specifically, how do you keep track of new comments being made on multiple blog posts?

    FWIW, I use an RSS feeder app in my browser called Bazqux whose main attraction to me is that it shows not only new unread blog posts but also new unread comments from previously read blog posts. Before I found Bazqux, I had to remember when checking each comments thread for new comments, which comments I had already viewed and tpyically would give up returning to a comment thread after 24 hours or so. Does anyone use something similar to Bazqux that has the capability to notify one of unread comments?

  • Alisa

    What Laird and Niall said.

    Also – and I know others said it before, but it may be worth repeating: the black font on dark-blue background in the mobile version often puts me off commenting altogether…which from others’ POV may not necessarily be a bad thing… 😀

  • Alisa

    Does anyone use something similar to Bazqux that has the capability to notify one of unread comments?

    Of course: there are two feeds – for posts and for comments, and any RSS reader will let you subscribe to either or both. Plus, there is a comments tracker on the SI main page (although not in mobile 🙁 ).

  • Laird

    To Niall’s comment (with which I agree), the SQOTDs are all numbered (the most recent one, about “Imagine”, is 757). Just putting that in the title would be sufficient to keep track of unread comments.

  • Slartibartfarst

    We are trying out a plug-in that lets people edit their comments on Samizdata for five minutes after posting them… no more eye watering typos, right? …

    Well done!
    Pretty cutting-edge stuff you are trialling here.
    EDIT: But it seems to work fine – e.g., as per this edit.

  • Slartibartfarst

    (On another ‘making things better’ subject, instead of ‘Samizdata Quote of the Day’ might we have ‘Quote of the Day – Keyword’ (where keyword is whatever is enough to distinguish today’s from the prior and next two SQotDs). Where more than one is getting much comment, it would help distinguish.)

    I would like to add my voice here to that of Niall Kilswift. Surely, by the simple expedient of, for example, (say) something like adding the date to each QOTD one could assign some greater relevance to each quote. (Which day, exactly.)
    So, QOTD could become something like (say):
    Samizdata quote of the day – 2016-10-02
    or
    2016-10-02: Samizdata quote of the day

    I know that I am unworthy and that this suggestion could seem a bit radical or possibly even over-the-top to some, so please forgive my temerity and youthful exuberance in making this suggestion.

  • PeterT

    Ultimate test is whether you can put Paul Mark’s comments into paragraphs in that time.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Many sites have similar editing provisions; my main complaint with them is that, being a slow thinker and ferocious self-editor, five minutes isn’t always long enough for me. Ten minutes would be better.

    While we’re discussing comments, any chance of making smilies easier to use? I know they can be used since I see them used here, but I’m blowed if I knows how the posters do it. A pop-up ‘smilies’ frame would be a godsend.

  • Ok PfP…. Testing: 😉 😐 😡 😈 🙂 😯 🙁 🙄 😛 😳 😮 :mrgreen: 😆 💡 😀 👿 😥 😎 ➡ 😕 ❓ ❗

    As for the 5 mins thing, the plug-in I am using is locked at that and the earlier plug-in that did have the ability to set the edit time had some undesirable traits, so I think we are stuck with 5 mins for now unless I can find a better option.

  • Laird

    PeterT, I don’t think that software exists! 🙂

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Alisa, thank’ee kindly. And Perry, 😀 De-lighted!