I find myself editing my comments a lot, mostly fixing minor errors. Seeing a large quantity of comments that have the same errors, other users suffer from the same issue.

Soometimes there's an extra space in the sentence, or an extra "o" in a word . Occasionally will I skip a small word or up swapping two words around. Or maybe I find that my comments has stupid pluralization error.

Whatever the error is, it's beyond minor. By the time the writer returns from where-ever and realizes that they have to make such a minor fix, though, it already says "4 mins ago" and time is running out! To hover on the comment, click edit, make the change, and hit Save edits probably takes no longer than 4-6 seconds. But lo, in that mere blink of an eye, it's already 5 mins ago!

I propose that we extend the window for editing comments by 8 seconds. It's too short for editors to make substantial changes to the comment. Because most people don't bother with spans of time between 5 and 10 seconds, no one will notice that the change was made ever so slightly later than 5 minutes. And yet, for those people who rightfully notice just in time that they need to make a minor fix, it's a welcome window to accomplish their task and avoid everlasting SHAME!

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    Sort of an, um...Grace period? :P
    – user102937
    May 20, 2011 at 18:07
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    Can you not just let the comment go?
    – random
    May 20, 2011 at 18:25
  • I was going to edit for grammer... but having re-read the post, I'm starting to the small errors were part of the argument... May 20, 2011 at 21:49
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    @staticbeast: The correct spelling is "grammar", not "grammer". You're also missing the word "see" between "to" and "the". A comma is more appropriate than an ellipsis at the beginning of your sentence, and a period is the proper punctuation for the end of it.
    – user159834
    May 21, 2011 at 0:11
  • @Wesley Murch Ah... sure wish I could edit that comment. Grammar is good to know, that's why I should use a spell checker. The actual word I had was "think", not "see", but it really does need a word there. The ellipsis was used correctly to indicate an intentional pause, trailing off into silence, rather than a direct end. I'll concede that the first ellipsis should be a comma :) May 21, 2011 at 11:11
  • Or you could just tell users they have 4:52 to make an edit; no coding change needed! Mar 6, 2014 at 5:33
  • Related: meta.english.stackexchange.com/q/4833
    – tchrist
    Jun 11, 2014 at 20:11

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I've proposed a solution here: Add "You have less than x seconds left for editing" warning while editing post comments

This would allow users enough time to finish their edit, without uncertainty about how much time is left for editing.

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