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I posted a comment on an answer to my question, then shortly after wanted to improve the formatting of the comment. I clicked the Edit icon next to the comment, made my changes and then when I tried to save them I was shown a red error message saying:

Users without post commenting privilege can't edit auto-generated comments

I have read How do comments work? and not found an answer there.

Could it be that I began the editing inside the 5 minute window allowed for editing but was outside that window by the time I clicked save? If so, why is the error message not more appropriate?

The comment in question is: Why does Ctrl-Down Arrow in Excel take me to row 1048576?

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    Can you show the example of this comment? – Anthony Pham Dec 21 '16 at 0:12
  • Sorry, yes - it was this one: superuser.com/questions/1158730/… – Kendall Lister Dec 21 '16 at 0:15
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    Yes, looks like you missed the edit window. You can always comment on your own questions and on their answers so it is the wrong error message. – DavidPostill Dec 21 '16 at 0:21
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It wasn't just a wrong message, there was actually a bug that prevented low reputation users from editing their comments, regardless of the edit window time. It is fixed now.

  • That's good to hear - thanks! – Kendall Lister Jan 2 '17 at 10:52

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