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      • #2212794 Reply
        Perq
        AskWoody Plus

        [Maybe dumb question] After posting I see I made some mistakes I want to correct but can’t find a way to do it.

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      • #2212795 Reply
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        You have 15 minutes from the time you created the post to edit the post.

        After 15 minutes, edit is no longer available and the edit tab disappears.

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      • #2212796 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        At the top of the post there is an “Edit” button. Click on the and you can edit it. It is editable for about 10 minutes before the edit period times out.

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      • #2212799 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        I submitted a comment about three quarters of an hour ago, and then I edited it to correct a couple of small but potentially confusing mistakes. Then I submitted the edited comment. And it came back without any of my edits. So the system here is still pretty flaky, it looks like to me.

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      • #2212804 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        OscarCP, from your description it would seem you requested the edit and loaded the page within the allotted time to edit. Then you carefully crafted your post, or were distracted by another task, for a significant amount of time. When you pushed “submit” the permitted time frame had elapsed, your submission was refused. Three quarters of an hour is more than the ten to fifteen minutes cited above.

        Your options are to let it pass, or submit a new comment that will stand separately to explain your desired edit. Call it an errata, attached to acknowledge the error.

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      • #2212830 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        anonymous Guest: I did the second submission pretty much after the first one, because the edits, as already mentioned, were ‘small’, but also pretty obvious once I re-read what I had just posted. So no more than another three or four minutes elapsed between both pushes of the “Submit” button.

        While it is possible that, since the comment was rather long, I might have been close to the end of the “Submit” time-window when I resubmitted the corrected comment, the “Edit” option was, nevertheless, still available when I used it to start making those small and quick corrections that then failed to get registered.

        So I am still inclined to think that the system is rather flaky at the moment. In ways that go beyond what is already known: (1) posted comments disappearing when one tries to edit them, or (2)  being automatically sent to be “moderated” as soon as one submits them, if they have more than one link to some other site pasted in them, and before one can edit any mistakes; then, finally, being published after moderation, when the time for editing is well past and making the necessary corrections no longer possible. Well, as the pesimistic old Spanish saying has it: “No hay dos sin tres” (There aren’t two [of something bad] without a third.”)

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      • #2212831 Reply
        Perq
        AskWoody Plus

        Ah, wasn’t aware of time limit, Edit button goes away.

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      • #2212832 Reply
        Perq
        AskWoody Plus

         

        @ oscarcp
        Like a third shoe dropping, huh? 🙂

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      • #2212842 Reply
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        If you have a long post, first create it with a text editor on your computer, such as notepad, so you have a permanent, working personal copy. Then copy from your text file to here. It’s a much cleaner way of getting your information in the format you wish with complete information.

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        • #2212872 Reply
          Elly
          AskWoody MVP

          IF you use Word or other word processing programs, there is a lot of HTML type stuff that you won’t see until you try and copy/paste it into the box here, and submit. Use the ‘Text’ tab to paste into, or copy/paste into Notepad, and then to here, to clear it.

          I prefer composing in a word processing program, so this is something I got bitten by fairly often until copying to the Text tab became a habit.

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      • #2212871 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        geekdom wrote: “If you have a long post, first create it with a text editor on your computer, such as notepad

        True enough as well as good advice, for some, no doubt. But I only can see some mistakes I’d made and had not noticed before once the comment is posted and looks like any other comment on the screen and not like a draft in a text editor. I don’t know how common is this, but it’s certainly how my brain works and I don’t know of any good and reliable shop where to take it to have it adjusted.

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      • #2213360 Reply
        wavy
        AskWoody Plus

        And another good thing about using notepad is you can serially save your posts to it and then if one gets misplaced you still have it!!

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      • #2213877 Reply
        DriftyDonN
        AskWoody Plus

        So if I understand, a clock starts when I start a submission and does NOT restart if I submit then try to edit- the timer continues from the very first word of the original post and times out at either 10 min or 15 min.Correct?

        "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."

        • #2213883 Reply
          geekdom
          AskWoody Plus

          So if I understand, a clock starts when I start a submission and does NOT restart if I submit then try to edit- the timer continues from the very first word of the original post and times out at either 10 min or 15 min.Correct?

          That’s almost correct; the clock starts with the first submission. Try it for yourself in the Test Forum with a post:

          Here’s a test topic in the testing forum

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      • #2213915 Reply
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        To clarify:

        The 15-minute clock starts when you press the “Submit” button the first time.

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