Facebook has finished its roll-out of an edit feature for comments on wall posts/comments. If you have a Facebook account, I'd ask you to take a look at it. I think it works and would like to discuss why it could work on MetaFilter.
posted by cavalier to Feature Requests at 12:15 PM (386 comments total)
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Before I get the anti-Facebook crowd all up in my grill, I'm using it as an example because many people have accounts, and I honestly think the implementation is worthy of parroting.
Any post or comment you make on Facebook gets an 'Edit' option; clicking Edit opens the text you entered back up and you can change whatever you like.
Once a text field is saved, it gets the tag "Edited" added right before its date stamp. This tag is a hyperlink that lets you view the edit history of the comment.
I know the prior objections to editing have been concern of someone, say, taking a position for shooting declawed cats across the Middle East, and then editing it a few minutes later to saying they like Pancakes, but this history window would very easily best that.
Thoughts? Comments? Even if it is for a limited time, wouldn't a history feature remedy all of the previous concerns of people shivving each other with comments?