I find time limit on editing comments annoying and doubt that it is needed at all. My problem is typos that I can't fix if I noticed them too late. If my comment is not answered I post the corrected version and then delete the old version. But if my comment is already answered, I can't do even this, and should see the ugly typo every time I visit the page.

Well, I can understand the answer like: removing time restriction requires too big changes in software and we will not do it, but I don't like false excuses.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes. Edits to comments don't ping anyone. So it is very possible that a spammer could post a comment, then invisibly return to it a month (or a year) later to insert spam. The limit of 5 minutes is arbitrary, but it seems like the right order of magnitude in order to ensure that someone will see a spammy comment. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 12:39
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    $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson that looks like an answer to me - would you care to record it as such below? $\endgroup$
    – KReiser
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ @KReiser It already is an answer: meta.stackoverflow.com/a/292247 . $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ Editing comments would require to maintain revisions (otherwise it can lead to destruction of evidence required for mod work). Deleting and adding new comment isn't the same as editing because deleted comments are available to mods. $\endgroup$
    – Paramanand Singh Mod
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 16:07
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    $\begingroup$ Solution: Check your comments for typos before hitting "Add comment". $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented Mar 28, 2023 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ Like all communal undertakings, the answer is "a bit of both". And we definitely don't subscribe to the kind of radical selfishness that says a user should be allowed to do whatever they want for their benefit without considering the detriment it could cause others. $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, and comments provide a really useful role, letting people have a bit of a discussion centralized under a post, not off on what may be multiple answers. You can petulantly choose not to use them if you wish, but I don't think people are going to stop using comments just because of their limited editing ability. $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanZ supports MonicaC If "comments provide a really useful role" why not to improve them? $\endgroup$
    – kludg
    Commented Apr 2, 2023 at 9:59
  • $\begingroup$ @kludg - I've noticed that two of your comments that I replied to have been deleted. I'm curious - was that you or a moderator that did so? $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented Apr 2, 2023 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @JonathanZ supports MonicaC This is strange and not good. I did not delete comments. $\endgroup$
    – kludg
    Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ Well, as is pointed out frequently, comments are transient, and might be removed at any time. If there are points from the comments that you think are important to your question, you should edit them back into the body of your question. That can work oddly when there is some "conversational" nature to the comments, as happened here. I've got my own theories, but if you are *very* concerned about why they were deleted, the best move is to contact the mods. ..... $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ By me, the deleted ones weren't essential to the question of this post, and I'd say they weren't worth the bother, but it is your call. (I'll leave my responses for now, in case you end up inserting your points into the main post, but if you decide not to, just ping me here and I'll probably delete them. They don't make much sense on their own. :-) ) $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 3:20
  • $\begingroup$ I am not going to ask for explanation why my comments were deleted, I know there were nothing bad in them. I think my question is good, but it received negative reaction that I don't understand. $\endgroup$
    – kludg
    Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 4:07
  • $\begingroup$ Comments deletion is a natural element of the toxic design of the site. It can be even done automatically. $\endgroup$
    – kludg
    Commented Apr 8, 2023 at 5:56


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