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AIBU to ask for an edit button

(26 Posts)
BlueBelle Sat 08-Apr-17 06:12:40

Dear admin PLEASE can we have an edit button every forum I ve ever been on has one even if it's only a five minute one
I do preview (sometimes) but often haven't the time, ipads often correct spellings that aren't needing correcting and then you remember an important point just as you press submit then have to write another post which looks like you're trying to hog the thread

It really shouldn't be beyond the realms to add this feature PLEASE

thatbags Sat 08-Apr-17 06:32:57

Yanbu, bluebelle. I'm supporting your request. It doesn't have to be an "always active" edit facility, HQ. The comments section of the Times online (not the app, but the browser editions), for example, allows edits to posted comments for up to five minutes after the original is posted. This means that reading back over one's post, one has time to see typos that you previously missed, or to rephrase something.

I realise GN tech runs on a shoestring, but still..... You meed to catch up a bit.

Oh, and please tell Mumsnet that their Twitter gifs are really annoying. Most of them are naff in any case.

thatbags Sat 08-Apr-17 06:33:29


br0adwater Sat 08-Apr-17 08:40:28

Hear hear

BlueBelle Sat 08-Apr-17 16:11:51

I m surprised there aren't more people wanting this maybe I was wrong I thought it would be everyone's ideal

merlotgran Sat 08-Apr-17 16:17:51

My preview facility keeps freezing so the only way to send a post is to go back a page and forget it.

ninathenana Sat 08-Apr-17 16:21:07

Bluebelle there are several people who have expressed a wish for this on previous threads. GNHQ have said in the past it's not feasable.
Perhaps if we keep badgering grin grin

jollyg Sat 08-Apr-17 16:21:15

Ye gods this is the usual perennial weed that pops up .

May glyphosate , now not banned by EU be sprinkled copiously to allow an edit button.

Starlady Sat 08-Apr-17 16:33:07

Why would it be feasible elsewhere (on every other site I go to) and not here? There must be something they can do to make it feasible, surely?

I know they might not want people editing out whole posts and leaving a blank or completely changing them. But as pps have said, if they could just give us 5 minutes or so to fix a typo or add a sentence, etc. that would be so good.

BlueBelle Sat 08-Apr-17 16:38:45

Sorry .... I was wondering if it was a repeated request
I have no idea why it not feasible every other forum I know has one so they must be In he dark ages
Sorry Jollyg not really sure what that means I m obviously not sophisticated enough Lol

Ana Sat 08-Apr-17 16:47:58

Can they edit posts on Mumsnet, does anyone know?

NanaandGrampy Sat 08-Apr-17 18:23:56

No you can't . But you can post anonymously ....imagine the fun chaos that could cause here smile

Cindersdad Sat 08-Apr-17 19:42:39

I often make mistakes and only realise after posting - it is infuriating to see a glaring error with no way of correcting it. The problem with proof reading your own scripts is that you tend to see what you meant to write without any typing errors.

The argument against editing is that if someone follows your post your edit could upset the context. Also being creatures of habit we are good at understanding messages with errors as the author intended so an EDIT button really would only allow some of us to avoid moments of embarrassment.

Yes it would nice to be able to edit but there are possible drawbacks and it candifficult to implement.

BlueBelle Sat 08-Apr-17 20:12:23

I see what you're saying Cinders but it doesn't deter any other forums I m on or have been on and I have also admined on four which all had edit buttons one was a five minute button which is fine the others were not time related I just find it very strange. That a forum like this wouldn't offer it it just seems normal practice for them all but this one
It's not just about spelling and proof reading I often remember something I wanted to say the second I ve pinged the button

Lisalou Sun 09-Apr-17 20:24:10

I agree, having been on a variety of fora over the years (or is that forums?) I cannot remember another one which did not have the option to edit.

valeriej43 Tue 25-Apr-17 16:59:51

I havent been a member of gransnet for very long, but i was surprised too that there is no edit button, also a like button would be good ,instead of having to write a post agreeing with poster
Also, what does AIBU mean please

BlueBelle Tue 25-Apr-17 17:03:00

Am I being unreasonable ......

Alima Tue 25-Apr-17 17:03:54

Valerie, it means Am I being unreasonable. There is a list of acronyms, press the button at the top of the page. Sometimes I have found the list no help so have had to use Google, not au fait with text speak either!

jollyg Wed 26-Apr-17 10:18:22

I am not a long time member but the hoary old comment always turns up .EDIT BUTTON .

My comment re glyphosate was it kills weeds, and weeds require [killing] correcting.

It makes me grumble too if thats any consolation. Blue Belle

valeriej43 Mon 01-May-17 23:56:17

Bluebell Thank you, for the explanation of AIBU

Elrel Mon 08-May-17 22:55:03

I'm always noticing typos or realising I have another great thought to add. A 5 minute edit facility would be good. Like would be useful too.

Cherrytree59 Tue 09-May-17 10:16:14


But HQ will probably just think 'That old chestnut'

We will just tell the 'em again that the techies say Not Possible!

The little dears will soon forget, bless 'em.hmm

sunseeker Tue 09-May-17 10:36:10

I would also like to see a "quote" button. If you are referring to a post a page or two back then you either have to retype the post or others have to scroll back to find it. If there was a quote button that post would appear in your post together with your reply. Other forums have these options so why is not possible for GN techs to sort it (perhaps get more tech savvy techs? grin)

Elegran Tue 09-May-17 11:00:30

Can't you highlight, copy, and paste the bit you want to quote, sunseeker? Often it is only part of the post that you want to quote, the whole lot could make your reply very long.

Elegran Tue 09-May-17 11:01:04

And put " " around it to show that you are quoting.