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I was planning on posting my first SF Board post when I noticed the note at the bottom: "You'll be able to edit your post for 15 minutes." I recall some mention of this in site talk feedback, but it didn't bother me b/c 15 minutes to edit a pre-existing post sounded like ample time.

However, it now appears that I have a total of 15 min. to compose my initial post. Is that right? As someone who is a fan of lengthy detail and description, appending links and photos, combing over my posts for typos, etc., 15 min. doesn't sound like enough time for a detailed report. I suppose that I could draft in Word and then copy to CH once I'm ready, but I'd like to avoid that extra step if possible. Something about typing it "on site" is more appealing and motivating to me.

So, I guess my questions are:

1. Am I correct about this 15 min. time limit?
2. Why does there need to be a limit?
3. Will this change at all in the future?
4. What happens if I take more than 15 min.? Will there be a warning or will it not be able to process?

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  1. The way this feature is designed to work is, once you have clicked the button that puts your post up where all can see, you will have 15 minutes to go back and correct a typo, change phrasing or even delete all your text (but you can't delete the post itself, so be sure you REALLY want to post before clicking the final button.)

    We're pretty sure you can spend as long as you want composing a post... however, we do always caution that any sort of glitch can happen on the Internet, so it's always safest to do your composition in a word processor, where you can save and spell check it, and then just paste it in here.

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      Thanks for the reply. So it works as I was originally thinking. That's good.

      I do think it's a bit confusing to have that message there when a user is not in "edit" mode. IMHO, it would be better to have that message come up when you click "edit."

      In the general "post" mode, I think it would make more sense for it to say something like, "Click this button to post your message. You'll have the option to EDIT once your post is up."

    2. this time limit concerns me as well....I'm a heavy editor. On longer posts, it takes me a while to get it just right. (there have been times, even though I proofread, when I was sure the old board would put up a notice (instead of the "wait....you're not done yet"): "what? aren't you DONE yet?" :)

      I do wish there was a preview screen. and a discard button.

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      1. re: toodie jane

        (fka Christine)

        Possibly the concern is that some posters might edit content beyond the point of recognition. Any pre-edit replies would seem out of context.