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Sep 29, 2006 11:57 PM

Two-Hour Edit Window

I don't know why the decision was made to allow editing for only 2 hours after a message is posted and realize there may well be some kind of technical issue I don't understand that's behind this. But I'd very much like to see it expanded.

I find, particularly when I've written a long post such as a recipe review in one of the Hazan threads, that I don't reread it immediately after I've posted it. Often, the next time I look at one of my posts is after someone has responded to it, which may well be hours later. It's not until then that I realize there's some little editorial goof I'd like to fix.

If it's impractical to change that 2-hour window, I'll just learn to live with it. But is there some reason it can't be four, five, even twelve hours?

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  1. When I have a long report that I would like to post, I always create it in Word and save it. Then I have the option of spell checking or proof reading/correcting as much as, or as later as I wish. Then, I copy and post it up here. Saves a lot of aggravation, especially on those infrequent ocassions when I might have a browser crash.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      Yeah, I do that. But there are a lot of things spell check doesn't catch and unfortunately, I'm not the proofreader I once was. When I've first written something, I tend to read more for sense and content than for comma placement and things like that that bug me when I see them later. As I said, I'll just learn to be more careful if I have to, but I'm still curious about the reasons behind the two-hour limit and wonder if anyone other than I finds it limiting.

        1. re: JoanN

          I really miss the unlimited editing access we first had.

      1. We've decided to keep the editing window fixed at 2 hours. We think this gives enough time to most people to rethink your words, fix typos, etc.

        If there's an important error you need to fix, you can email us at

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Okay. I'll try to learn to deal with it. Thanks for the response.