We've all been there.
You're reading an blogpost on Chianti's latest screwup, and you quickly type in a particularly witty comment regarding the utter waste of wine, donuts, and three quarters of a million dollars. As you sit back to watch the recs to come in, you realize to your horror that you inserted an apostrophe where none belonged. The Jaws theme creeps into your mind as you curse yourself, and then you lie down, curl up, and wait the inevitable thrashing from Fox71.
Good news. Your prayers have been heard.
You may have already noticed SBN's latest update - the long awaited option to edit your comment. Within a minute and a half, anyway.
Here is the official SBN post on the new feature.
Here's how it works. When you type a comment and then hit "post" you will see the edit timer below your comment as it appears in the thread. It starts counting from 90 seconds, and the blue timer bar will move from left to right. See the completely random example of some poor BN member being grilled for adding an unnecessary apostrophe below. Note the edit timer highlighted in the yellow box, and the blue horizontal bar below the comment.
You have 90 seconds to click on the edit button and if you do so, your post goes back to the blank comment box that you had initially. At this point you can completely edit everything you just wrote, including erasing it all.
Note if you hit the cancel button at this point, what it actually cancels is your attempt to edit, and your original comment goes back up. Be aware the 90 second clock does not reset, but you can edit as many times as you want within that time.
If you do erase all the text from your comment and let the timer run out, there will still be a slot where your name appears but with no comment attached, leaving everyone to wonder what it was that you had posted but then thought better of. However, that's a small price to pay when potentially facing the wrath of the internets. However, at least your offending apostrophe, or your incorrect data, or your bannable suggestion that gbruin shove his opinions somewhere unmentionable can all be removed, and no one will be the wiser.
Get out the virtual erasers, BN. Editing for comments has arrived. I'll take a couple times to get it right, but many of you have been asking for this for quite a while, and SBN has obliged. If only our AD would be that responsive to his audience's needs. Or is that audiences need's? Hang on, give me 90 seconds...