June 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm #63621
While I have shared a little recently, I must admit I am often conflicted about – or withold – commenting on this site because of the inability after a few short minutes to go back and edit what was posted. Often I rethink saying something publicly, or in re-reading what I wrote I find it less accurate than it should be, or find I would like to re-word it in a way that is more loving… or… I spelled something wrong. Recently I discovered I had mis-numbered a chapter and verse.
OK, that makes it sound like I make a lot of mistakes =) but does anyone share this sentiment? Is there a way we could be able to go back (later) and edit posts?June 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm #63631
Mike, I’ll share with you a couple of tricks that I use from time to time when needed. I think your concern is valid and that the site administrators should probably respond, but in the meantime here’s what you can do.
There are really three ways to be able to edit your posts:
1. Click the Edit button within the limited window that you have, and edit it then.
2. Click the Edit button within that same window even when you don’t need to edit right away, and write down what the editing URL is to save for later use. Right now, as long as you know how to get there, it still works. The URL itself doesn’t currently have an expiration time — only the “Edit” link that takes you there disappears. But if you know how to get there independently, you can still edit much later.
3. If you want to edit a post, but didn’t click the Edit button during the time when the link showed up, there’s still a relatively simple way to calculate what that link should be, and then just go to it directly. I’ll give you some quick, unofficial, unsanctioned instructions on how to do this.
If you started the thread, it’s super easy, actually. All you have to do is add
/editto the end of the URL. So for example, this thread here is located at the following URL:
editto the end and you should be able to change it:
(Keep in mind that’s only true for you, and not for the rest of us. I can’t edit your posts.)
“But,” you say, “what if I want to edit one of my replies? Something that wasn’t the start of a thread?” Well, it’s a little more complex, but not too bad. Here’s one example: You posted a reply to the thread titled “Modern CS Musicians.” If you go through and count up the posts in that thread, it is the 10th post… and therefore the 9th reply. The first post isn’t counted as a “reply,” but all subsequent posts are.
The URL for that thread is this:
Now here’s the formula. First, replace
Then, immediately after
/reply/, add the words
If it’s the first reply, then skip this step. But if it’s not (like in this example where it’s the 9th reply), add a hyphen and that number to the end of the thread name, like so:
/editat the end:
And voila! There’s your working edit link for that reply.
Hope that helps. (Can you tell that I think like a computer programmer?)June 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm #63632
Mike. I completely agree. Gordon, wow! That’s fantastic. Thanks for explaining all of that. :)June 3, 2012 at 12:07 am #63643
Yeah, Gordon – awesome! Thanks!!June 3, 2012 at 12:30 am #63645
Brilliant Gordon thanks!…
And I see it works =)
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