Allow registered WordPress.com users to edit and delete their comments.
Reasons supporting (paraphrased from quotes taken from the first link below)
1. Common practice in other weblog sites like Blogger and LiveJournal. [options]
2. Content of comment is technically owned by commenter [drmike]; it is their right to own their words, thoughts and ideas [millaq]; “There can’t be responsibility in absence of freedom to do what you decide it’s best to do with what you’ve created.” [millaq]
3. “My views of five years or five minutes ago do not necessarily reflect my views right now. Therefore, I reserve the right to allow my viewpoints to evolve and to change my thoughts, viewpoints and opinions over time without assigning any reason for such changes.” [timethief]
4. “I am not able to understand the logic of something not allowed in a newspaper or in a Church, or in a candy store or in a postal office, or in a hospital, or in a swimming pool, etc. should not be allowed here BECAUSE it’s not allowed there…” [millaq]
1. Trolls can post anything abusive and deny later [wank]; infinite drama [raincoaster]
2. Durability element of comments will make people think twice about putting their two cents in [raincoaster]
3. Commenters shouldn’t take back their words, but apologise and alter their stand instead [raincoaster]; “We have a basic human responsibility to be truthful and have integrity in what we communicate. Endless revisionism breeds contempt for first drafts and ultimately cheapens speech of all kinds.” [raincoaster]; “Recanting is much better than removal.” [boles]; “If people need edit/delete privileges, they can post on their own sites. That’s what trackbacks are for. And if they regret something they said, that’s what apologies are for.” [wank]; “Imagine you’re talking to someone, then suddenly you ask him to forget whatever you’ve just said because you own your thoughts. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? The real ethical question is that of responsibility — responsibility of the commenter.” [bdsays]
4. Blog owners should own the content, including comments. [wank] An everyday equivalent would be the newspaper.
1. “If comments on blog posts are closed after 30 days to prevent spam attacks then I presume the timeframe for withdrawing a comment would be within 30 days.” [timethief]
2. Comment preview feature [timethief]
– Blogger does not allow editing of comments. It suggests that the commenter delete their comment and enter a second comment, but deletion is noted with timestamp. [options, sunburntkamel]
Read the WordPress.com forum thread that inspired this post.
raincoaster’s opinion on this issue
boles’s opinion on this issue
Allow an editing timeframe of 5 minutes for anal people who want to correct their typos, as implemented in the forums of WordPress.com. That said, would sit in the No Editing camp than the Allow Editing camp.
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