Editting feature request. April 17, 2005 3:27 PM   Subscribe

After making this post I saw that I had somehow deleted half of it (probably when fixing a tag on preview). Is there some way to implement an edit function of one's fpp? Maybe have a five minute grace period?
posted by Kattullus to Feature Requests at 3:27 PM (8 comments total)

In a word, no.

E-mail Matt and ask him to change it. Or post here, as you have done. These appear to be the options.
posted by squirrel at 9:08 PM on April 17, 2005

Or fix it in a comment. Which would be even easier and less resource-intensive.
posted by dg at 10:30 PM on April 17, 2005

dg: I would have done that for most other cases, and have done so before, but the thing was it was a sentence explaining why some ancient papyri were all awesome, but I figure that anyone's who's in the thread knows that already.
posted by Kattullus at 10:39 PM on April 17, 2005

Kattullus: "Is there some way to implement an edit function of one's fpp? Maybe have a five minute grace period?"

squirrel: "In a word, no."

That's a little presumptuous. Sure, there's no way to do it now, but that doesn't mean theres no way to add it to #1's tada list.

The one time I made an FPP, and thus an FPP flub, I just posted a comment saying "shoot, I meant 'pants', not 'fire hydrant'", and an admin came along at some point and fixed it and deleted my comment. Not the most efficient method, but it worked.
posted by Plutor at 6:22 AM on April 18, 2005

Isn't that what the Preview function is for? You make a fix, you preview, you see if anything else is screwed up, when you've got it the way you want it you post. If you got impatient and posted rather than preview again, well, that's your fault. Matt can't protect us from our own sloppiness and shouldn't be expected to.
posted by languagehat at 6:47 AM on April 18, 2005

Yeah the five minute idea sort of works until you think about "What happens if someone has commented in the first five minutes?" and then you have to do a check for whether there are comments or not -- if someone has commented, allowing edits is much less kosher -- and then you're starting to get complicated just to fix errors that should be mostly caught in preview.
posted by jessamyn at 8:50 AM on April 18, 2005

What languagehat said.
posted by Specklet at 9:49 AM on April 18, 2005

languagehat: That's what I did. I'm actually sort of confused as to what happened. All I did after the last preview was add a / to an html tag. I don't know how I managed to delete a whole sentence. But yes, the preview should be sufficient. And for the record I've been internetting for more than a decade, I'm not some hopeless noob, even if I sometimes come off that way :)

jessamyn: I see how that is an issue. My problem was that many people who would have found the post's subject cool and interesting will have passed it by instead because the fpp did not provided sufficient information. But that's probably less of an issue than people using a grace period to radically alter posts. That would only lead to confusion.
posted by Kattullus at 10:04 AM on April 18, 2005

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