Editing Blog Comments
Tuesday, May 4, 2004 at 5:54 pm | Comments off
After reading Jason Fried's recent post at SVN, "The anatomy of a new feature", where he introduces a new feature to Basecamp called comment editing, I thought it'd be nice if blogs would implement this feature as well. For those who haven't read his post, I'd recommend that you go do so before you continue reading this. I'll wait for you.
I've noticed that from time to time, I'll hit the post button on someone's blog to leave a comment, only to see that I misspelled something or that I would like to clarify something that I said. I've never run across a blog that allows you to edit your comment, but perhaps this is about to change. It is on this blog...
There are a couple different ways that this could be done. The point of this post is to ascertain which one makes the most sense, so I can implement it into xBlog. Here are the options that I have thought of:
Time-based editing: Similar to how 37signals chose to do it, this option would allow you to edit your comments for a set amount of time. This way, people would be able to fix any errors that they notice in their comments, but not allow them to edit the comment after the conversation has drawn on.
Permanent editing: This option would allow you to edit your comments for the lifetime of the cookie that would have to be set to identify you with it. The problem that I see with this would be people editing/deleting their comments after other people have commented on it, which is always very annoying.
Latest comment editing: This would allow you to edit your comment until another user has posted a comment in the entry. In other words, only the last comment for each entry can be edited. The problem I see with this would be if two comments were posted in quick succession, it would not allow the first of the two any time to edit.
A 1 and 3 combo: A combination of 1 and 3. You always have a set amount of time to edit your comment, but if your comment is the last one, you can edit it beyond this time limit until a new comment is posted.
So, which of those do you think would be best, not only from the commenter perspective, but also the blog owners? Also, feel free to let me know if you think of any other methods of doing this - now's the time to speak up. Overall, I think this will greatly enhance the user experience, by giving them a bit of time to make changes to their comment if they notice something they want changed. It should also help eliminate the double (or more!) posts that we often see on blogs.
The floor is now yours...
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