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In StackOverflow, I always wanted the ability to edit my comments. Previously I used to delete them and write a new one.

Suddenly today, I started noticing edit link next to my comments. Maybe I didn't notice till now.

But it is there only for some of my comments and not others. Why is it so?

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Now, some of those edit links are gone. Is the comment editable only for a certain amount of time after writing it?

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This was covered here:

Should we be allowed to edit comments?

You can now edit your own comments after you post them, within a 5 minute window.

How do you know a comment has been edited? A little pencil icon will appear next to it. The mouseover title tooltip explains what this pencil icon means, and also provides a count of how many times the comment was edited in that 5 minute window.

Moderators can edit any comments at any time. This action is logged and visible in that moderator's user history to other moderators.

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  • ::fights back the urge to go write a comment just to edit it:: – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Dec 27 '09 at 15:51
  • Neat functionality. – George Stocker Dec 27 '09 at 16:38
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    THANK YOU! (I just noticed the edit ability before seeing these questions ... Almost had a heart attack! I'm a fat cigar smoker, so that's a real risk, y'know!) – John Rudy Dec 27 '09 at 18:36

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