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Editing comments [Mar. 19th, 2005|04:04 pm]


How the heck can I edit my comment (not new post) using logjam after I submitted it ?

Hmm... and while we are on the subject, is it possible to post comments using logjam :) ?

[User Picture]From: popcultureicon
2005-03-19 02:19 pm (UTC)
you can't, and no.
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[User Picture]From: popcultureicon
2005-03-19 02:22 pm (UTC)
to be less terse, editing a comment isn't a possibility. you have to delete it, and re submit it.
and all of that is outside the realm of any livejournal client that i know of.
(and if they had such a feature, it would be a seamless deletion and reposting hack that would still loose context if there were any replies to your comment.)
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[User Picture]From: hap
2005-03-19 04:51 pm (UTC)
If you think about it, editing comments is generally a bad idea. You could make other people look like they said something they didn't by changing a comment they replied to, which is just bad.

Simple example...

Your comment: "I really love cheese!"
Reply: "Me too!"
You change your comment to: "I think Spongebob Squarepants is cool."

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[User Picture]From: surye
2005-03-19 08:16 pm (UTC)
While I mostly agree, the same could be said for a journal entry.
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[User Picture]From: unixronin
2005-03-19 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, I've heard this argument fifty times, and it's still dumb.

pardon me for pointing this out, but .... how is this different from the original poster editing their POST to make a comment look bad?

Anyway, it's basically a trivially-solvable problem. Just have LJ annotate all edited comments with an edit history. Even just who edited it on what date should be enough, though if you were really concerned about this and actually thought it might one day actually be a problem, you could always have the edit history include a link to view all edits as deltas.

Of course, if you were going to do this, then for the sake of fairness you'd probably have to do it for original posts too.

Then again, we could just assume that any LJ user we're interested in sufficiently to talk to, is mature and intelligent enough not to go editing their comments in some weak effort to make someone else appear to have said "Bradfitz is a boogerhead."
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[User Picture]From: gruimed
2005-03-19 09:36 pm (UTC)
OK. Maybe you are right.

What about posting comment susing logjam ?
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[User Picture]From: unixronin
2005-03-19 10:38 pm (UTC)
The subject has been raised before, and generally the consensus is that the minimal gain isn't worth the effort it would take to make it work.
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[User Picture]From: haran
2005-03-21 04:23 am (UTC)
Theoretically, how would posting of comments from LogJam work?
Would you copy the link to the clipboard, and then invoke some LogJam item to automagically figure out which comment to reply to?

I think it would be a nice feature (I might even want to work on it) at least because its more convinient to edit text in GUI window (with spell checking and other nice features) than to enter it into a textarea.
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[User Picture]From: unixronin
2005-03-21 04:33 am (UTC)
Oh, no argument there, I'd like it too. But I'm not sure how you'd go about getting the link into LogJam without some kind of copy-paste operation.

You'd also have to be able to stuff the composed comment back into the comment CGI.
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[User Picture]From: ragingemu
2005-03-28 04:31 am (UTC)
I have heard by word of mouth only (albeit from what I consider to be a highly reliable source) that apparently the code to allow editing of comments without replies (Solving the problem of what happens to the interpretation of threads when a parent comment is edited) has existed for at least a short time, now, but has not been released for philosophical (as opposed to technical) reasons.

Obviously, this does sound like a bit of a wild rumor, and one that the average user has no way of verifying (the average user generally not being the type to peruse CVS, if the code is even stored there), but either way, it'll be feature requests that would ultimately get such code released (whether it's already written or not), not bugging brad, et alia, so feel free to discuss my comment, but don't use it as a jump off point for a "Brad sucks because.." rant or other antagonist reaction.
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