So when trying to edit a comment before 5 minutes after posting, you get the error message "Comments may only be edited for 5 minutes."

I think that message is is unclear and should be changed to something like "Comments may only be edited after 5 minutes" or "Comments may only be edited 5 minutes after posting."

Any objections?

Screenshot of the message.

  • It feels like a slight softening of "Comments are only editable for 5 minutes". If you feel strongly about getting the wording changed then I suspect that meta.stackexchange.com might be a more appropriate place for this kind of question. – Mokubai Aug 9 at 17:39
  • Should this post be closed due to the fact that I was mistaken about the true meaning of the message? – Cancun101 Aug 9 at 19:52
  • The wording as it stands makes sense: You post a comment, and from the moment it is posted to 5 minutes later you can edit it. Perhaps the wording could be “Comments may only be edited for 5 minutes after initial posting.” – JakeGould Aug 9 at 20:27

I think that message is unclear and should be changed to something like "Comments may only be edited after 5 minutes" or "Comments may only be edited 5 minutes after posting."

In the English language, your suggestion would mean that comments could only be edited, 5 minutes after they were submitted. Which of course is not the case, and in reality, after 5 minutes have passed you no longer can edit a comment.

The statement as it is currently written actually is grammatically correct.

  • My complete mistake, then. I was under the impression that it was in fact after five minutes. I still think the message could be a tad bit more clear, and I like the way @Mokubai put it in his comment on the OP, and I think I'll bring it up on the stack exchange meta that way. Thanks for the clarification! – Cancun101 Aug 9 at 19:51

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