Child's sleep schedule vs Parents'

I often use voice activation for typing due to arthritis. The post says 'think' instead of 'thing'. I could delete and re-post, but is seems dishonest or like I am trying to call attention to my comment. While I think the comment is fine, I do not need to say "Look at me!" So, how do I edit my own comment?

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Users can only edit comments for a limited period of time (I believe some handful of minutes).

However, moderators can edit comments at any time, so I fixed your typo for you :)

  • thanks, Erica. I think reposting would be rude, so I appreciate the help. Yes, I can only edit a comment for a few minutes.
    – WRX
    Nov 24, 2016 at 22:15

This discussion mentions the 5 minute time limit: Why is the time limit for editing comments only 5 minutes?

The discussion mentions the reasons for and against the time limit. The designers are aware that the behavior for comments is inconsistent with the rest of the site (and this is a "feature"). You can edit SE Qs and As for much longer, like Wikipedia.

The comment edit time limit caught me by surprise, because there is not much warning about this "feature". Perhaps for lower-traffic parts of SE, the time limit can be increased without substantial loss in consistency of the discussion (which is one of the reasons for the time limit).


I often edit the Qs, As and comments in an editor, which has no surprise lockdowns after 5 minutes, before posting them on SE. If you have a favorite editor, you can often save time that way too. Posting from the editor to the SE then requires only a few clicks of the mouse and little typing. Of course, for people whose posts are always short and who make no typos, this workaround is not needed.

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