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[–] Xomthusiast 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Immediately fixing mistakes isn't bad, if it's immediate. Using comment edits to bait people is bad, but I haven't seen much of that here. On the other, hand, I have seen a fair number of people who think it's fine and dandy to bulk-delete all of their comments and even their submissions after people have replied to them. Really, comment editing needs to get it right for the commenter, anybody reading their comments, and anyone replying.

The best approach is probably a combination of things. Firstly, comment posts should have a thirty-second window before they're published and visible to anyone other than the poster. If a comment gets edited or deleted during that time, the last version is what should go live (or not, if it's deleted), without mentioning edits. Secondly, editing comments after that point should leave a history of previous versions, so it's obvious if someone is baiting, or if they removed a comment because someone criticized it. Lastly, if a poster truly needs to delete a comment or posting, they should have to request it from a moderator; otherwise deleting or blanking things should just hide them. There are legitimate reasons for allowing comments to be changed, but this isn't /b/. We shouldn't encourage posters to think they have a right to be disruptive.

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[–] jammi [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I think the deletion part would work best like this: a) withing 30 seconds or whatever; fine b) after that, leaves the message, but possibly removes the poster or somthing like that c) moderator can delete entire post, but there should probably be some log of this as well to prevent systematic censorship evidence destruction

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[–] escape 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

This suggestion actively encourages the thing you're trying to avoid. If you can't edit a comment without the history being displayed, people will simply delete their comment and make a new one, to avoid that history. That is what's necessary on Facebook to avoid their obnoxious edit history.

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[–] jammi [S] ago 

I don't see much of that on Facebook, more of people blacklisting each other when they lose some argument. Comment editing seems fine and something do with little remorse to fix spelling and typo, because it's obvious in the edit history if someone checks it.

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[–] escape ago  (edited ago)

You don't see much of it because there's no indication of it... You can't tell when someone has deleted a comment to edit it because there is no edit history. Which is the entire point.