Comment Editing Goes Live

An early holiday present for Newsviners (or you could consider it a very belated holiday gift): comment editing is now live! Here's how it works:

You'll notice a small black bar underneath a recently published comment. You have 3 minutes to begin editing a comment, after it's initially published. Once you decide to edit your comment, you'll have 5 minutes to save your changes.

No more fat-fingered spelling errors (we hope) and follow up comments to the effect of "oops, I meant...".

Here's to Looking Much Smarter Here!

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So that means that the 3:00 I saw means 300 hundred seconds, not 3 minutes...

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Reply#1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:11 PM EDT

No, you have three minutes in which you can edit a comment, but once you have opened editing box, you get another five minutes in which to save your edits.

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#1.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:28 PM EDT

I know, I just wanted to say something so I could edit it ;-) But then I broke it...

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#1.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:33 PM EDT

Don't feel bad, mine's vanished all together at the moment. Chalk it up to debugging in the wee hours, which is either a tribute to the productivity of night-owls or a slight for insomniacs, but it's hard to know which. :~)

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#1.3 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:28 AM EDT

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now I must apologize for what I wrote about you guys over the weekend, especially my bad habit of picking on poor Calvin.

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#1.4 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:29 PM EDT
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Wow that's graet great really, really, really long past overdue!!

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Reply#2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:11 PM EDT

This was a complete excuse to edit this comment ;-)

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Reply#3 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:12 PM EDT

So was this.

And this. But I suspect we'll see a lot of that til the novelty wears off.

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#3.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:37 PM EDT

Test.

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#3.2 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:26 PM EDT

Hey if you fancy testing the comment tracker out, you should swing by.
Lots of room for seeing how long you can wait before clicking the buttons and all that jazz.

-Dave

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#3.3 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:46 PM EDT
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Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, no more mis-sepllings mis-spellings.

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Reply#4 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:12 PM EDT

I think you mean misspellings ;-)

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#4.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:21 PM EDT

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#4.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:22 PM EDT

Woooohooooo!

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#4.3 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:19 PM EDT
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This was a complete excuse to edit this comment ;-)

And edit it again!

And again!

This is fun!

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Reply#8 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:12 PM EDT

Hmm and yet I see them all separately.

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#8.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:19 PM EDT

yea, apparently I broke it...

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#8.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:20 PM EDT

yea, apparently I broke it...

Can't give you kids anything nice.

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#8.3 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:39 PM EDT

Gives new meaning to the 5 minute rule... thanks guys!

on second thought, brushing up a poorly delivered comment isn't so different than retrieving that precious piece of chocolate that accidentally hit the floor.

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#8.4 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:56 PM EDT
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WOO HOO!

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Reply#9 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:14 PM EDT

Here's to Looking Much Smarter Here!

What's that supposed to mean, cyborg? You got a problem?

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Reply#10 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:16 PM EDT

Awesone!

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#10.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:23 PM EDT
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Awesomeness.

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Reply#11 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:18 PM EDT

testting

oi, testing.

Great job guys, thanks!

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Reply#13 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:20 PM EDT

Cool.

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Reply#14 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:21 PM EDT

That's what I was going to say, Adam

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Reply#15 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:23 PM EDT

Awesone!
Awesome!

It worked! It worked!

How often can it you edit a comment?

Hmm! Looks like your edits don't reset the clock.

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Reply#20 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:25 PM EDT

Looks like stevetherobot broke it too... You a firefox user by any chance?

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#20.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:32 PM EDT

I'm using Firefox...lesse if it breaks for me.
The big question...do I get five versions?
Hm, doesn't seem to be making multiple versions
But this editing thing is wonderful for having a conversation with yourself...

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#20.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:38 PM EDT

It was like that when I got here! I swear!

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#20.3 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:01 PM EDT
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THANK YOU.

This is something we have been wanting since beta, if any of you remember.

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Reply#21 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:28 PM EDT

It's just what I've always wanted.

Thanks Santa Newsvine.

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Reply#22 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:38 PM EDT

I would say something witty, but it's all already been said. The truth is I'm only writing here so I can test it for myself. I'm not ashamed to admit that.

... Yep. It works.

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Reply#23 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:39 PM EDT

The duplicate comment problem is fixed. We had a conflict on one of the servers but it's happy now.

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Reply#24 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:40 PM EDT

Can my other comments be deleted so I don't look like a bigger idiot than I already am ;-)

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#24.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:47 PM EDT

My comment edit to 4.2 showed up as a new comment (#15)... Is that what you fixed?

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#24.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:21 PM EDT

My comment edit to 4.2 showed up as a new comment (#15)... Is that what you fixed?

yep. should be fixed now.

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#24.3 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:27 PM EDT
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Wow. I'm so thankful you included a feature like this.

Believe me, I need it.

And now I just edited it.

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Reply#25 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:41 PM EDT

Reminds me of the old Merrill Lynch ad (edited for context): When the Newsvine Community talks, the developers listen.

Thank you for the added functionality, devs. :)

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Reply#26 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:42 PM EDT

Better late than never :)

Moral of the story: never stop talking!

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#26.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:52 PM EDT

Moral of the story: never stop talking!

Really? That sounds like something you'll regret having said.

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#26.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:55 PM EDT

You're right. Dang it, it's already been 3 minutes! ;p

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#26.3 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:54 AM EDT
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Who you calling "fat-fingered"?!?

Edit:

Your mom's face is fat-fingered.

Edit II:

Awesome. Thanks guys!

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Reply#27 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:43 PM EDT

...

Okay.

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Reply#28 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:44 PM EDT

I was leaving a comment elsewhere and the black bar popped up and told me I could edit my comment and the little clock was ticking down and I was all like, "should I edit it? Should I change it? Is this really happening? Am I the only one who sees this?" And I sat there so long trying to think of something else to add to the comment that my time ran out.
I will not let that happen this time.

Hee! Editing! Thanks guys. This is really fantastic.

It's like I can't stop myself. I really thought I was done! But I wasn't! I had to add something else even though I don't really have anything to say! Wheeee!

I mean--do you think this will help people be nicer to each other? Like, they'll hit "Post Comment" after saying something nasty or inappropriate, and then go back and change it to something more pleasant or productive. Do you think? It could happen. It really could.

It said I had 20 more seconds to go, so I just have to try it.

Wow, I'm a lower.

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Reply#29 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:45 PM EDT

HAHAHA!!
I made a mistake and it was too late to go back and fix it!!
Can you guys make it four minutes? Please?

It should have said "loser." Wow, I'm a loser.

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#29.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:49 PM EDT

it's like I can't stop myself. I really thought I was done! But I wasn't! I had to add something else even though I don't really have anything to say! Wheeee

door opens widely, and 29 million new readers say: "tell me something I don't know." good job.
VBG...I'm only jesting

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#29.2 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:02 PM EDT

lol. I deserved it. ;)

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#29.3 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:10 PM EDT

Dude, I am like, so with you there.

I was commenting earlier as per usual. Upon clicking the Post Comment button, I was greeted by a sinister little bar with an ominously bold countdown ticking away the seconds. Terrifying in its simplicity, horrific in its inky blackness, I was frozen for a moment, like a deer in the headlights.

It definitely took me a while to get used to the fact that the Little Black Bar was a friend -- a friend I had longed to meet for so long.

Massive kudos on the comment editing, guys.
One suggestion, to help the faint of heart like me: periwinkle.

... Blargy wargy margy farg.

Dude, this editing thang is pretty darn awesome.
Now, if only I can figure out the "strikethrough" formatting tag, I'll be in business.

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#29.4 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:36 PM EDT

The strikethrough? Easy:

Strike Three, Yer Out!

Like so:

Strike Three, Yer Out!

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#29.5 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:42 PM EDT

Thanks, I was wondering the tags on that. I'm html illiterate incompetent.

    #29.6 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:47 PM EDT

    That didn't work out so well in trying to edit that...

    <del> and </del> for strikethrough,

    <ins> and </ins> for green inserted text.

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    #29.7 - Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:47 PM EDT
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    Nice..
    Friggin' awesome! This rocks.
    Now I just need to hone up some skills of revisionist history.

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    Reply#30 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:00 PM EDT

    Ooo... I just discovered that addition this morning. Nice!

    It seemed a little wiggy on Firefox, not having the editing niceties when you first write the comment and it was a bit difficult to spot where the cursor was meant to be, but then it's also meant to let you fix your typos and not go completely nuts.

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    Reply#31 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:01 PM EDT

    I just noticed the bar and thought maybe I had been going crazy and missed it for a while.

    Great to see this feature finally added. This site just keeps getting better.
    I like that you can leave the page and come back any time in the 3 minutes to edit it.

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    Reply#32 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:12 PM EDT

    NEWSVINE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!

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    Reply#33 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:19 PM EDT

    Here to you N'Viner staff. Ne'er again shall I publish a mistake...

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    #33.1 - Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:19 PM EDT
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