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When attempting to edit a comment before the time-out is finished, I get a message "You can no longer edit this comment". Why not state the 5min timeout?

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Good idea; there are several reasons you might get this message but that should be the most common form. Implemented.

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I think the wording could be improved here. Right now it says, "comments may only be edited for 5 minutes." I think it would be better stating: "comments may only be edited within the first 5 minutes of posting." – Jeff Mercado Jan 28 '11 at 8:57
Completely agree with Jeff. I just got this message and had no idea what it meant until I saw his post. Had I been editing the comment for more than 5 minutes? Do I have to wait 5 minutes before editing a comment? Those were my first two thoughts, but neither of them is correct according to the above interpretation. How about, "Sorry, after 5 minutes, you may no longer edit a comment." Simple, to the point. – Jeff Aug 22 '11 at 5:17

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