Please excuse more nosestickinery. I am not in favor of a time limit on editing/deleting comments. Why throw up an obstacle to someone's rhythm? This is Wordie, after all, not--you know, some other place. Different physical laws may apply. If people want to rewrite history, I say let them.
That's kinda what we're doing here anyway, isn't it? ;-)
1) even though I use the comments feature a lot as a sort of "preview" thing, if there were an actual preview button, I'd probably never use it. I'm rash and impetuous that way. 2) does anyone else find it really amusing that this conversation is taking place in the shadow of the Knights who say "Ni!"?
If I may stick my big unwanted nose in... I use the "edit comment" feature quite a bit--partly because of needing a preview, and partly because I make a lot of stupid typos, or the second I submit it, I think of something else to say, or I forgot to bracket a word, etc. I'd be very unhappy if that opportunity was limited to one minute. I know this because I've contributed to other sites, message boards, etc., where editing was limited to three minutes after posting. That's better than one minute, but even so it goes by pretty quickly. (BTW, I just used the edit feature to add this part of the comment!)
I agree it could be helpful if there were a way to delete duplicate comments, or whatever--I think right now you can only put in a period or space or something and upload the comment again, rather than deleting it.
And I agree that opportunities to munge and mess up archival conversations should be limited--but I don't think that happens very often.
My two measly cents! That said... I prefer the spelling "ni" for the knights in question. It has an abruptness of pronunciation at the end that seems to negate the use of "-ee."
Hi SoG... you bring up an interesting point. On the one hand, comments should be deletable, in case of a double-entry, or typo, or other innocuous correction that may be necessary. On the other, they shouldn't be, because it messes with the flow of conversation (although the editability of comments means that it's possible to munge things, currently).
How should it work? I'm thinking maybe a timer, so you can delete comments for, say, one minute after you've made them. And maybe likewise for edits? So you're allowed second thoughts, but you can't rewrite history?