Correcting our mistakesOkay, so, I think all of us have used that "remove comment" button on facebook...I know we all make doubly sure we make the right calculations, but sometimes we just miss the...

Correcting our mistakes

Okay, so, I think all of us have used that "remove comment" button on facebook...
I know we all make doubly sure we make the right calculations, but sometimes we just miss the ball completely. Many a time i have searched in vain for the "delete reply" button on enotes. Should it be something that could be considered for implimentation?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am in agreement with poster #2 about the "edit" button for questions.  Often, I answer a question quickly and later think of something else or a better way to say what I wanted to, or I just notice that I left out a letter on a word or a punctuation mark while typing which makes you look unprofessional and not attentive to details.  I would love to have that button back, but it has been explained to me that many were just writing a few words (sometimes without really making sense) to get the money credited to the account and then going back to edit the answer when they had more time.  Sometimes, the editing was not completed, and reviewers had to revoke payment, answers, and send form letters to the offenders.

Luckily, there is now the "claim the question" button so you can take your time to answer at your leisure, doublecheck for misspellings, mistypings, and other usage errors before hitting the "submit" button without the fear of being sniped for the pay. 

I have seen, on occasion, where a discussion posted twice when I hit "submit" only once.  That is when I would have liked to "delete" one of the posts, but this is something only a review editor has the power to do.


wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I too miss the edit button on Q&A. It's impossible to get it perfect every time. It would certainly be nice to be able to edit our own answers when necessary. There is a way editors can flag and delete comments that are inappropriate, but I wish there was a way individuals could control their own posts as well. I've seen a few occasions of a posted answer followed by an apology for posting something incorrectly. Currently, the only thing that can be done to completely delete an answer (at least to my knowledge) is to go into the edit feature and type deleted in place of the orignially submitted text. Of course, this only works in discussions since their is no edit button for Q&A.
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As an editor on eNotes, I miss the edit feature that was once part of the Q&A posting process. Luckily, the edit feature is still available for discussion posts, because I have used it frequently. As an English teacher, I absolutely HATE grammatical and spelling errors, so I proofread every post several times before I submit. Sadly, a few still miss my eye. As for discussion posts that you may later regret having submitted, a delete reply would be nice, but I think it's more important to decide beforehand that a post is necessary or in good taste. If in doubt, leave it out.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Perhaps now that there is the ability to "claim the question" we could also have the edit button back.  Even though I proofread everything I submit, I miss things and then immediately notice the error when I see it in the official format of the question/answer page.  It really bums me out that I can't fix it.  And while I usually cut/paste address links in the reference section, I sometimes have trouble doing that and type them out.  I have lost earnings when I mis-copied a link in the references, and that is especially frustrating!

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Should we start a "bring back the edit button on enotes" campaign on facebook?! As an editor who is reasonably active, I try to respond to a regular amount of questions each day in a set timeframe, which means that I often do hit the button before having fully checked my answer or having thought of what else I could include, to my shame. Not having the edit button is a bit of a pain, though, to agree with #7, I do find that I now review my work much more carefully.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I missed the edit button until the "claim the question" button came out.  Now I slow down and check more thoroughly before I post an answer to a question, but at times there is still that nagging typo I'll see three days later that drives the teacher in me crazy.  Overall I like the changes to the site in the past year, especially in terms of searching for and filtering questions.  More user friendly, to me.

bigdreams1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with all of the above. An edit button would save me time and some face when I post a reply and then realize later that what I wrote didin't come across quite as I had intended. It would be helpful to both the editors and to the they will get better information if we could add to our answers later on.

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would love an edit button. (Only if it were linked to the postings that we made.) I have also looked at a posting and forgot to add something or my format was off and had payments revoked for posting a correction. I work really hard on answering questions and it really bothers me that a simple mistake revokes payment.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I use an iPad, so it frequently changes things after I type them. I can't use the spell check button. I also can't see my whole answer sometimes. I do like to use the edit button on the discussion posts and wish it was available on questions.
ishmael501 | Student

An edit button is needed.  No need to set people up for failure like that.