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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM via web

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Do you regret the removal of the edit function on Enotes?

Previously on Enotes we had an 'edit' function which allowed us to make corrections and alterations to our posts after we had sent them. Now, once it's 'sent' it is forever beyond our reach. So often I find I have posted something which, after a little reflection, I realise is wrong in some way. But it is too late. The die has already been cast. 

I would to like make changes to my mistakes! ;-) And maybe reword things sometimes. Do you feel the same? Do you regret the removal of the edit function?

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: not all thy piety nor wit,
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it. 

(unless ye do possess an edit function)

(Perhaps one of the enotes folks could explain why the function was removed?)

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:02 PM (Answer #2)

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There have been a number of times when I wanted to do the same thing. I guess the edit function must have been removed before I started, because I've never been able to do it. Was it only the original writer who could edit a response, or could anyone do it?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM (Answer #3)

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I proofread my posts carefully, but later on I sometimes catch the occasional grammatical error and (even worse) fact error. Yes, I do wish the edit function was still available so I could correct my mistakes.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM (Answer #4)

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I also try to proofread my posts, but one common mistake I often overlook (until the nanosecond after I click "post" is to italicize book titles. So yes, I miss the edit function as well.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 3, 2012 at 4:58 AM (Answer #5)

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I guess I am also one of the newbies who never got to experience the edit function so I really don't know what I'm missing.
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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 3, 2012 at 6:26 AM (Answer #6)

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I have never experienced an edit function being new to eNotes but I think it can improve the quality of posts if provided. However constraints have to be imposed to keep the integrity of the post if the same is provided/revived as under: Edit function is provided to original poster for his last post only if no subsequent post has been made. This is the only way to ensure the Referential Integrity of the post. It may have implementation problems as it would require to Lock the Topic for a time in which the post is being edited. If kept Unlocked, another poster making a post on the basis of the post being edited may make a post out of context. By the way, while I am writing this post, I find no edit buttons at the bottom of text box. Has anyone else experience such problem? I think the above noted implementation problems and Referential Integrity issues have forced the eNotes administration to hold back the edit function.
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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 4, 2012 at 3:11 AM (Answer #7)

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I understand that the Edit function was removed as it was being abused by answerers who were claiming questions ahead of others and writing incomplete posts, then going back later to refine them. That said, I do miss the function myself. I often miss spacing between words (vintage keyboard) and other slips. #6 has some good suggestions to tighten the procedure.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM (Answer #8)

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Evidently, the rue over the loss of the edit button has been effective--hooray for its return now!  It is simply too easy to miss minor mistakes, and when one makes those about which one has chastised students, there is psychological torture included in the regret.

The CLAIM option, perhaps, will solve some of the previous problems.  And, if a time limitation can be imposed upon the editing, that will also solve some problems. (Apparently, there is some type of check because of the wording in the announcement of the return of the edit button.)

PS Love the poem!

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 8, 2012 at 11:47 PM (Answer #9)

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I am going blind thanks to years of staring at the computer so it was a welcome chance to see my mistakes being fixed in terms of silly stuff that my eyes can no longer catch. Ever since I switched to Mac I have had fewer problems due to auto-correct, but the problem is that Macs auto-correct compulsively and sometimes merely "assume" that you want to use a word in a certain way. So, see those are the things that you can go back and change. I take A LOT OF TIME answering questions and my fear of running out of time sometimes makes me make dumb mistakes. I got great ideas from Mwestwood as to how to keep up with my time, but my mistakes seem bound to continue. Hence, thanks to that second time to check I can do things with less anxiety and more focus. 

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 11, 2012 at 8:49 PM (Answer #10)

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Do you regret the removal of the edit function on Enotes?

Previously on Enotes we had an 'edit' function which allowed us to make corrections and alterations to our posts after we had sent them. Now, once it's 'sent' it is forever beyond our reach. So often I find I have posted something which, after a little reflection, I realise is wrong in some way. But it is too late. The die has already been cast. 

I would to like make changes to my mistakes! ;-) And maybe reword things sometimes. Do you feel the same? Do you regret the removal of the edit function?

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: not all thy piety nor wit,
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all thy tears wash out a word of it. 

(unless ye do possess an edit function)

(Perhaps one of the enotes folks could explain why the function was removed?)

kiwi, #7, correctly states the reason for the removal of the Edit button in the first place. During the days when being first to submit an answer meant more than it does now because of the now obsolete "only submit a second answer if you have something very different to add" rule (which too was often ignored!!), Eds got the upper hand by submitting a single sentence, then following with the rest. All is different now, so it is a relief to see the Edit button back! Now if all are very very diligent to use it as intended maybe the temporary gift might stretch out a littler further ... I hope I hope I hope I hope ....

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