Arghhh! I messed up some LaTeX in a comment, but didn't notice until after 5 minutes had passed and so I can't fix it. Is that it? Is it always going to look ugly and I can't do anything about it?


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Copy the text, delete the comment, and add a new comment.

  • $\begingroup$ Wow. Duh. That should have been obvious but...maybe the delete button is too small for my eyesight. $\endgroup$
    – Mitch
    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:03
  • $\begingroup$ But...then why institute a 5 minute limit if it's so easy to go around it? I'm also surprised my question wasn't closed immediately as having been answered in multiples. $\endgroup$
    – Mitch
    Mar 17, 2011 at 2:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Mitch: If new comments are posted in the meantime, then your reposted comment appears at a different position, namely at the bottom of the comment thread. This way everyone sees it as a new comment. $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2011 at 7:43
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    $\begingroup$ Unlike answers, other people don't get to see the history of comment editing. The five-minute rule makes it less likely to have a confusing thread in which the assumed chronological order of discussion becomes false. $\endgroup$ Mar 17, 2011 at 9:30

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