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Site Notes: Comment editing is now live.

You asked for it. You got it. I’ve switched out commenting plugin to allow everyone who comments 5 (count ’em FIVE!) minutes to hop back into your comment and correct any misstatement, misspelling, or even Miss Information.

Take it out for a drive here… or elsewhere when you really need it.


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  • patvann February 2, 2022, 11:00 AM

    hay; thanx 4 thot, thing !

    • Kevin in PA February 2, 2022, 11:08 AM

      I don’t think Gerard meant to imply that the thing would edit itself.

      • patvann February 3, 2022, 10:16 AM


  • Kevin in PA February 2, 2022, 11:06 AM

    It works.
    ….and just who is this G.G. Chief of Ordnance character?

    • Snakepit Kansas February 3, 2022, 10:08 AM

      Chief of Ordnance vs. Chief of Ordinance. I want that first title.

  • Fred February 2, 2022, 11:07 AM

    As an editor who often finds his most egregious errors on his second read-through, I thank you for your new five-minute rule. Because what I want is for readers to go away thinking “what incisive prose,” not “what a freshly minted moron this man must be!”

    • Jack February 2, 2022, 2:23 PM

      Ha…good luck with that. We’re all bozos on this bus. We know it and for the most part accept that about ourselves and our comrades.

      And btw, thanks Gerard. It’s a great new feature and we appreciate it.

  • Denny February 2, 2022, 11:29 AM

    Great, now how do we fix “stupid”.

    • Vanderleun February 2, 2022, 11:40 AM

      You can’t fix stupid becauze…

      • Denny February 2, 2022, 12:06 PM

        Forgot (?) after “stupid”

  • Uncle Mikey February 2, 2022, 11:35 AM

    I was beaten daily with an AP Stylebook for a couple of years, so I never make misteax

  • Mike Austin February 2, 2022, 11:50 AM

    As a wretched “Grammar Nazi” of exemplary scrupulosity this will come in quite handy indeed.

    (3 minutes later)

    Ja, es funktioniert sehr gut! Danke!

    • PA Cat February 2, 2022, 3:27 PM

      Your exemplary scrupulosity evidently does not extend to catching dangling modifiers at the beginning of sentences: the new feature (“this”) is not the “Grammar Nazi,” you are. A scrupulously correct sentence would read something like this: “As a wretched ‘Grammar Nazi,’ I expect to find the new feature quite handy.”

      Don’t feel bad– I work as a copy editor as well as a writer, and I often find danglers in journal articles and book manuscripts written by academics (i.e., not journalists) who should know better. OTOH, there may be something about completing an M.D. or Ph.D. that causes these folks to forget the basic rules of English sentence construction, punctuation, and spelling.

      • Mike Austin February 2, 2022, 6:43 PM

        Ich verstehe, und ich bin mit dir einverstanden.

        Nothing would better destroy my writing and grammar than to study for a Ph. D. I was raised on, and came to adopt as my own, William Strunk Jr.’s “The Elements of Style”. And the study of German, French and Spanish greatly improved my English grammar. Usually I write formally—even when sending a text—but on occasion, as the above—I grow careless. And a true Grammar Nazi can never be careless.

  • PA Cat February 2, 2022, 12:53 PM

    I bet Miss Olive had a paw in this decision.

  • John the River February 2, 2022, 1:16 PM

    As a member of the self entitled proletariat, I wonder when we can get comment reply notification?

  • Mike Anderson February 2, 2022, 1:34 PM

    It (werks?) works!

    Can we do HTML formatting as well? Asking for a friend.

    • Vanderleun February 2, 2022, 2:49 PM

      I don’t know. I can DO IT TO IT from my position but

        I have

      • “powers”
          not granted

      to most mortals!

      • Vanderleun February 2, 2022, 2:50 PM

        NOW I will TRY IT from the ordinary commenting box.

        …. And it seems to work DOES WORK for basic html codes!

    • gwbnyc February 2, 2022, 2:56 PM

      always could.

  • John Venlet February 2, 2022, 1:52 PM

    The countdown timer is a nice touch, Gerard.

  • gwbnyc February 2, 2022, 2:57 PM
  • Terry February 2, 2022, 3:42 PM

    Oh, oh- Now I have no excuse for my ‘mistakes’.

    • Re in WA February 2, 2022, 9:28 PM

      Me Too!! As a “phonetic” reader since age 4 my spelling has always been somewhat
      Problematic. What I would really like are some red warning underlines.

      As fot the 5 minutes? It is usually the next morning before I think of a better word
      I could have used …… (should have?)

  • Casey Klahn February 2, 2022, 4:49 PM

    My arthritic fingers thank you.

  • Dirk February 2, 2022, 6:02 PM

    Why do I feel like I’m being scissored?


  • Foo February 2, 2022, 7:42 PM

    Testing fat fingers on itty bitty phone here…

  • patvann February 3, 2022, 10:44 AM

    I dated a Miss Information for a few months in 1978. Pretty, but AOL-level ignorant.
    She literally knew nothing, but she would loudly expound on it (any subject) anyway.
    A Koi fish would’ve made a better argument in every case.

  • James ONeil February 3, 2022, 11:53 AM

    As a no-touch typer I almost always find surprises when I look up from the keyboard. Maybe I’ll be able to correct moor of them with the 5 minute replay.

  • Brian_E February 4, 2022, 12:21 PM


    Thank you ever so much for adding the ability to edit a comment, even if only for the first 5 minutes after posting. I frequent other sites, and this will cover the vast majority of ‘oops’ or ‘wrong word/poor phrasing’ issues – as I nearly always read my posts AFTER posting, just to see what errors crept in between last ‘proofread’ and actual posting. 😉
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