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Would it be a good idea to allow us to edit our questions and answers until someone responds?

Asked by LostInParadise (25388points) July 12th, 2010

I was on another Q&A site that had that policy and it worked out well. I find that sometimes I want to edit something after the 5 minute editing window goes by. It seems to me that this should be permissible provided that, for a question, that there have not been any responses or GQ’s and, for answers, that nobody has added any responses after yours and there were no GAs given for your answer. What do you think?

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marinelife's avatar

I think it is not worth it. If you want to add something, you can give it in a response.

SuperMouse's avatar

I do think there is something to be said for increasing the length of the editing window. If a mod hadn’t taken pity on me and sent my question to editing, it would have forever read “Are we just funbling our way through relationships”! By the time a kind responder pointed out my typo, it was too late to fix it. I don’t know what a good window would be, but I would love to be able to fix stuff like that.

rebbel's avatar

Besides, if i am not mistaken, you can send a PM to one of the mods in which you can ask to edit your question (for typos, and i am pretty sure also for wording if there were no answers to it yet) after the edit window has closed.
But a moderator could prove me wrong here (or right).

gailcalled's avatar

Another technique that does not bother the mods unnecessarily is to reread your questions and answers, go get a drink of water, and look out the window for a few minutes before hitting “send.”

Type in haste.. repent at leisure.

SuperMouse's avatar

@gailcalled excellent point. I employ your technique on a regular basis but sometimes, to my duress and embarrassment, pathetic typos slip through.

LostInParadise's avatar

@gailcalled, Even if I had the self-discipline to do what you said, there will still be times when I suddenly realize there was something I said wrong or there is something I wish to add. What I am suggesting could be automated and so would not require the mods getting involved.

Dog's avatar

I am always happy to help out if I am around and a person wishes to edit their question. As are other mods.


Seaofclouds's avatar

I don’t think that would work well. There have been times when the activity has been really high on Fluther and people respond very quickly (within seconds). The current time for editing is 10 minutes (I believe). If you were only able to edit until someone responded, your edit time could be cut down to none at all. I’ve seen a question that got a lot of answers and then the asker edited the question and it made all of the first answers look really bad and make no sense because of the rewording of the question.

LostInParadise's avatar

Okay, then only allow the new condition to kick in after the time limit.

Jeruba's avatar

I’ve often wished for a longer edit window. But I’ve found the mods very accommodating when I’ve made an embarrassingly stupid mistake that I just couldn’t stand. (And I do read and proofread and recheck before I post.) You just have to flag your own question and explain the reason.

As long as there is a way to fix mistakes, maybe there’s no need to change the editing allowance.

wundayatta's avatar

I know of one site that seems to allow editing of questions and answers any time, any where. I haven’t seen any complaints of people abusing that system.

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