Right, about this edit/delete button. Mumsnet Towers I am looking at you <hard stare>

(70 Posts)
gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:31:38

When are we going to get one. I think my posting style is probably fairly distinctive due to very frequent multiple posts. This is because I tend to type before I've finished thinking and many of the extra posts could be avoided if we had an edit and/or a delete button!!! Why can't we have one?

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:32:32

See, right there. I missed the question mark - if we had an edit button I could tweak it so as not to appear illiterate.

People would use it For Very Bad Reasons.

And Gasligtng.


preview post is a neat tool, praps one might think it old-fangled but it works

also thinkin' before you let those fuckit-goblin fingers do the talkin' ain't a bad idea, post in haste, repent something something <insert witty and apposite rhyme here>

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 22:43:43

I'm in favour of a timed edit button.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 13-Feb-13 22:43:49

Can't you just use the bloomin preview message button? confused

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:45:26

Re the preview button. You know how you read and re-read an important email, then send it, then re-read it and notice a mistake? Basically that.

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 22:45:46

Yes, but most forums have an edit button and seem to manage.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:46:58

The other reason for my multiple posts, of course, is because I'm not good with silences grin. I'm not saying an edit button would be the whole answer.

FlouncingMintyy Wed 13-Feb-13 22:47:15

Sorry but this is nonsense! If you know you make a lot of mistakes why don't you just slow down and proof read? It really is NOT rocket science.

Mutt Wed 13-Feb-13 22:47:47

Crap idea.

People would keep going in amending their posts and subsequent posts would then be read out of context.

The occasional multiple post doesn't bother me and people can either spell or they can't - I don't need them amending their typos.

No good reason for such a button IMO.

ouryve Wed 13-Feb-13 22:48:01

I'd love a timed edit button. I only preview if I've tried some formatting because it takes an age. Even when I've previewed, I always notice errors or omissions after I've hit post.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:48:59

This is not a totally one hundred percent serious thread. I do know there are other options! It just seems like a fairly obvious thing which, as usualsuspect says, most other forums have.

Mutt Wed 13-Feb-13 22:49:41

But MN ain't Most Other Forums.

Thank fuck.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:50:22

Fine, I shall go on posting in threes. You know what they say about the best things... <skips off whistling>

ouryve Wed 13-Feb-13 22:50:48

This is the only forum I've been on where editing is impossible, btw. Even where people are prone to posting seriously inflammatory stuff and then going on delete sprees, they don't get away with it for very long because people will C&P their posts when they first read them so they can use them as evidence if they need a verbal spanking.

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 22:50:53

Well, a timed edit button wouldn't make a hell of a lot of difference TBH.

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 22:52:41

It's the only forum I use that hasn't got an edit button too.

usual, are you a forum floozy?

Viviennemary Wed 13-Feb-13 22:55:18

It should have an edit button at least. Somebody asked before about a delete button. And they said it would make the thread too difficult to read if people kept deleting their posts. But a timed edit button would be useful.

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 22:56:08

I am, yes.

I flit about the internet, I have no loyalty.

Mutt Wed 13-Feb-13 22:57:26

It would be just as confusing/misleading if there were an Edit button.

People could change their minds and amend posts to read whatever the hell they wanted.

I haven't found another forum. Find the couple I've looked at too displeasing on theeye.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 22:59:16

Normally if a post has been edited it would be indicated somehow.

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 22:59:30

An edited post usually tells you it's been edited though.

Most only give you a few minutes to edit.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 23:00:19

I think you should be able to edit up to the point when there are, say, three subsequent posts.

It could be used for all sorts of nefarious purposes.

You can always cut and paste from a word document where you can employ spell check.


usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:00:35

I look for the edit button on here sometimes, then think bloody hell, MN doesn't have one.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 13-Feb-13 23:00:44

Does your other forum have a preview message facility? Just use that and think before you hit post. It's not that difficult. wine?

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:01:37

I have a spellcheck on my browser. I still cock up sometimes.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 23:02:26

If it's heated thread and the adrenaline's flowing it can be quite hard to find the discipline.

A spell check on your browser! <jealous>

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:02:57

I haven't got time to preveiw, when I'm in the middle of a good bunfight grin

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 23:03:24

My problem is less proof reading and more afterthoughts, or re-reading and realising I didn't make myself clear enough.

That's why I frequenly type long posts, and then delete them.

Discretion and all that.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 13-Feb-13 23:04:13

Honestly, not many people no one gives a shit if you cock up. Don't worry about it. MN isn't as anal about this as some other sites may or may not be

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:04:15

Firefox is what you need, although my spellcheck is American and doesn't seem to like the letter u much.

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Wed 13-Feb-13 23:04:32

Great Googlies Usual, shush! If HQ discover you are a forum floozt them side bollocks will be back!

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:05:37

Ah, but they do. There are always threads moaning about crap spelling on here.

I cringe when I write there instead of their if I'm in a typing frenzy.

CSLewis Wed 13-Feb-13 23:06:13

I'm with gaelicsheep again

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 23:07:19

I'm not worried, just don't like looking like an idiot. I've been on here for years, I don't really care what people think. Although if you're already arguing a minority view, then pissing people off even more isn't great!

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Feb-13 23:08:10


I think (without checking in with the collective brain) that this is something we've discussed quite a lot before, and have come down fairly firmly on the 'no edit button' side - for the reasons given here (mostly, confusion and potential for skullduggery).

Sorry to be disobliging but it ain't likely to happen any time soon.

And STOP LOOKING at other internet sites! shock

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 13-Feb-13 23:08:18

Tis not your fault that some people are so anal are such pedants. Surely this is their problem, not yours? A bit of consideration costs nothing. Personally, I couldn't care less about crap spelling, it's the person writing the message who is important. gets off soap box

SecretNutellaFix Wed 13-Feb-13 23:08:23

We do have a preview button.

Why not use that instead of having to edit a post after it has been published?

There are spelling mistakes and then there is general illiteracy. No one objects to the odd typo, it is the should of, would of brigade that get my goat.

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:10:21

I haven't got time to preview every post. Someone might make my point before I do.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 23:11:08

I thought that's what you'd say RowanMumsnet and that's fine, but I don't expect to learn to love the preview button any time soon! I suppose at least there's something to be said for an honest stream of consciousness.

But then that saves you a job.

gaelicsheep Wed 13-Feb-13 23:11:36

Precisely usualsuspect!

usualsuspect Wed 13-Feb-13 23:12:13

Nooo. it has to be me making the point grin

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Thu 14-Feb-13 00:11:49

If we had an edit facility than I wouldn't have accidentally posted that I lick my bits on the sofa. And it would possibly break Chaos, she'd be stuck on an endless decreasing spiral of editing.

gaelicsheep Thu 14-Feb-13 00:14:38

What would you have posted instead? (the mind boggles!)

HotPinkWeaselWearingLederhosen Thu 14-Feb-13 00:16:20

That the dog was doing it.

I was just an innocent bystander. I think I wrote we instead of she. blush

gaelicsheep Thu 14-Feb-13 00:18:05

PMSL!! You know I'm against the edit button now, just because of that!

Screaminabdabs Thu 14-Feb-13 00:19:57

Don't think you really wanted that second "l" in skulduggery, did you, Rowan? Hmm? Care to edit it? grin wink

usualsuspect Thu 14-Feb-13 00:21:28

I bet MNHQ can edit, they can do the quoting thing.

gaelicsheep Thu 14-Feb-13 00:23:32

They can delete, they can definitely edit. In fact I bet they're going around editing all our old posts on the sly...

usualsuspect Thu 14-Feb-13 00:25:22

I bet they do shock

I bet they edit our posts to make us have bunfights.

Screaminabdabs Thu 14-Feb-13 00:25:42

Yes, there's one with OCD whose life work is correcting all the mistakes made from the beginning of MN time to the current day.

Screaminabdabs Thu 14-Feb-13 00:26:30

I think you've got it there, usual. No-one ever says a bad thing, it's just them that make it up.

usualsuspect Thu 14-Feb-13 00:27:56

They go around, editing our posts when we are not looking.

We all agree with each other really.

gaelicsheep Thu 14-Feb-13 00:30:08

Oh stop talking cr*p usual!

gaelicsheep Thu 14-Feb-13 00:30:31

What? I didn't say that! grin

Yes I know, feeble.

usualsuspect Thu 14-Feb-13 00:31:51

They will be along to edit that in a minute, gaelic.

Screaminabdabs Thu 14-Feb-13 01:16:39

There's the OCD one who corrects all the spelling mistakes, and her evil twin who changes every "Really good advice! Thank you so much!" into "Fuck off you cunt." So we will all end up looking like ill-mannered cunts who can spell exceptionally well.

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Feb-13 09:10:55


Don't think you really wanted that second "l" in skulduggery, did you, Rowan? Hmm? Care to edit it? grin wink

Darn it. Wasn't sure and was too lazy to check.

Points and laughs at Rowan.

Maryz Thu 14-Feb-13 23:55:54

Can I present you all with this as evidence of why the edit button would be a Very Bad Idea.

For reasons known only to MNHQ, they changed the title, not only making the first 30 or so replies make no sense whatsoever, but at the same time turning a potentially hysterically funny thread into yet another boring sameoldsameold [disappointed]


gaelicsheep Fri 15-Feb-13 00:30:27

Maryz -you are so right. As I said earlier I changed my mind after HotPinkWeasel revealed her guilty secret grin.

RowanMumsnet, if you would be so kind, would you edit the title of this thread to read "Please do not under any circumstances give us an edit/delete button?" Thank you.

Maryz Fri 15-Feb-13 00:32:53


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