Editing Comments Is Back!

Remember a time when you could post a comment on RPS, suddenly detect every typo with near-superhuman speed and ACTUALLY CORRECT THOSE THINGS? No, us neither, but now you can do that exact thing!

Yup. We have an edit button. When you make a comment on the site, you now have a little window of time – five minutes – in which to edit that comment, correcting typos, deleting accidental TMI, refining jokes, realising that something came out entirely wrong and rephrasing it to sound less like Tobias Fünke on a bad day, spotting HTML tags you didn’t close, deleting the whole thing… whatever, really.

You only get a brief amount of time in which to tinker because technical database reasons, so it’s not a case of being able to come back the next day and pretend you spelled “daiquiri” right all along, but it’ll be good for all those moments when you feel physically sick, spotting a “your” instead of a “you’re” immediately after submitting you’re opinion*.

Other than that, the regular commenting rules still apply so just continue to be excellent to each other (and us) both pre- and post-edit. Enjoy!

*We’re hilarious.

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  1. DarkMalice says:

    Truly this a momentous moment.
    Because I can.

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      distantlurker says:


    • dangermouse76 says:


      Edit: I mean nice. Tee Hee.

      Just to note on mobile if the conversation thread has moved into several sub chats. If you hit edit and type a sentence the full width of the chat box the Save/Cancel/Delete gets pushed to one side and isn’t visible. You can’t select “save.”

      Chrome Android Marshmallow moto g 3rd gen UK.Cheers

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      One small step for man, one giant leap for people who are super annoyed at not being able to fix typos and replying to the wrong comment.

      Edit: I like how the countdown timer ticks away, like you’re defusing a bomb.

  2. Asher535 says:



  3. Jreengus says:

    “We’re hilarious.”

    Surely you mean “Were hilarious”

    Edit: Mandatory edit every comment here will have.

    Edit 2: Seeing the edit time tick down is kinda disconcerting. Makes me worry I’ll want to go back and change something after it runs out.

  4. Plank says:

    Welll iit too yew long enuff.

  5. Xocrates says:

    Praise Horace!

    EDIT: Jumping on the bandwagon

  6. Slinkusss says:


    Awesome! :P

  7. Banks says:


    • Pravin Lal's Nuclear Arsenal says:


    • Raoul Duke says:


      Now fix the utterly broken login system!

      • MercurialJack says:

        I logged in just to see what’s wrong with it. Doesn’t seem to be anything. What’s the problem with the log in system?

        • tehfish says:

          Possibly the fact it doesn’t stay logged in for more than a day or two…

          That ‘remember me’ checkbox, it does nothing ;)

        • Plank says:

          It won’t let us log in.

        • dangermouse76 says:

          When ever I login it takes me to my profile page. I’d assume it should go to the front page.

          • Phasma Felis says:

            There was a while when it did take you to the front page, which was equally wrong because THE ONLY REASON TO EVER LOG IN IS TO WRITE A COMMENT, WHY WOULD YOU NOT LEAVE ME ON THE PAGE WHERE I WAS TRYING TO WRITE A COMMENT.

        • fish99 says:

          For the longest time log-in has been broken on Firefox (for me) , but odly the last week or so it appears to be working.

          • v21v21v21 says:

            Ha ha! Somebody frivolously wasted their five minutes away, no?

          • Catterbatter says:

            It’s been working for me this week, but now at the top of the page I have someone else’s monster avatar. Mine shows up when I comment, through.

            Edit: though.

          • Catterbatter says:

            Oh… On mobile I see a light blue monstertar at the top and my usual dark blue dancing monster on the comment. Then on my desktop it’s the light blue one in both places. I didn’t ask for this.

      • Shazbut says:


        Edit: Yes!

  8. LieutLaww says:

    What a time to be alive !

    • DEspresso says:

      Or in my case turned on

      Edit: Yes I meant alive, definitely alive, not a robot here, no sir!

      • JarinArenos says:

        I was thinking you meant a different kind of ‘turned on’

        Edit: Not that I’d ever judge another person’s harmless fetishes. If edit buttons get you going, more power to you.

  9. DThor says:

    I couldn’t be more enraged happier!

  10. N'Al says:


  11. JonClaw says:

    Welcome to 2016, RPS!

    link to i.imgur.com

  12. int says:

    Pah! I never ned ed edting, I never make miskates.

  13. Skiv says:

    Huh I don’t think


  14. Gothnak says:

    It’s The FUTURE!

    Sorry, i meant THE PAST.

  15. yogibbear says:

    I’ll edit this out later so nobody will know I’m a murderer!

  16. Thurgret says:

    This means that remarks on the lack of the edit button will have to be phased out in favour of a rather more niche subset: remarks on the lack of edit button after 5 minutes. communisthamster’s commentary on that cheap VR headset is forever there for all to see.

    Edit: I edited this post. That timer feels like a lot of pressure.

    Edit: it just keeps going.

    Edit: like a 5 minute window in which I must add asinine commentary to my post because the timer demands it.

    Edit: edited the above for clarity.

    • liceham says:

      Remarks on the lack of edit button are here to stay – it’s now just a hipster way of declaring that we’ve been here longer than people who won’t get the reference.

  17. shocked says:

    [Edit] This changes everything.

    (Editing related)

    (on RPS)

  18. Saarlaender39 says:

    Oh my,…I really miss the days where there was no EDIT-Button.
    Back then, you could always blame your own errors on the lacking of that damn button.
    Look, what we have now – we’ll be hold responsible for all those little errors and mistakes, that survive the “five-minutes-editable-window”.

    A sad day, indeed. :(


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    Oakreef says:

    Oh thank Christ

    Edit: I wasn’t going to actually edit this comment but holy shit there’s actually a little countdown timer that counts down how long you have left to edit the comment. I’m watching it count down as I write this edit IT’S ACTUALLY QUITE INTIMIDATING

  20. Rao Dao Zao says:

    Hrmmmmmmm. We will have to mEDITate on this change.

  21. oggnogg says:

    thank you <3
    Edit: It really works!

  22. Catesby says:

    And so the time has come to retire my novelty response account for “Half my kingdom for an edit button” posts.

    Come sir, away, we’ve bleedin’ got one now!

  23. Zankman says:

    Good news but the 5-minute time limit is a bother.

    I reckon we will still see plenty of self-replies acting as Edits.

    Oh and we still can’t PM people? Ugh…

  24. Sian says:

    O frabjous day! Part of my job is proofreading. While I don’t do that in English, it was still distressing not being able to correct my mistakes.

    And no, I’m not editing this comment just for the sake of it, cause everyone does it and what can I say? I’m a rebel.

  25. Carra says:

    Next up: after you login you go back to the page you logged in from?

    Edit: wow, that 4 mins timer sure is stressful.

  26. ButteringSundays says:


    Although I feel compelled to point out that the 5 minute timer won’t be a ‘technical’ limitation (cute), it’s most likely there to better protect context. I.e. Someone can’t drop flame bait, attract 20 responses, and then edit their comment to something innocuous the next day. That’s not a bad thing, you can be honest with us!

  27. sfury says:

    This is a momentous event!

    EDIT: Hell ,yeah.

  28. Anthile says:

    Oh, typical. Dumbing it down for the brainless masses. I liked the rogue-like nature of edit-less comments. Maybe next we go back to something even simpler like Chalk of Duty.

    • Sizeable Dirk says:

      Disable backspace in the comment input box with account deletion and site-wide IP block for any spelling or grammar error.

      A language firewall to make comments great again!

      • ButteringSundays says:

        Seriously though – some kind of basic gamification in the comments seems so obvious now you mention it! I love the idea of permadeath comments sections!

  29. Zallgrin says:

    This is an important day that I will mark in my calendar.

    Maybe two calendars.

  30. GernauMorat says:

    Praise Horace!

  31. Ethaor says:

    No more “Wot I think”?

  32. gbrading says:

    RPS now officially has a better commenting system than The Guardian. Congratulations.

    • Thurgret says:

      Isn’t the Guardian the one where if you click to show more replies in a thread, every other thread will then also display the first-expanded thread’s extra replies?

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    Kirrus says:

    I am not commenting just so I can see this countdown timer. Nope. Not me. Uhuh.

    Edit: Neat.

  34. -Spooky- says:

    Well. Good news indeed ..

    Edit: ^this

  35. tehfish says:

    The text by the edit timer needs to be changed i reckon.

    How about ‘DOOM TIMER’? :D

  36. thedosbox says:

    I love how everyone is including a blatant “edit:” tag on their edits. Isn’t the whole point to pretend that your post was perfect in the first place?

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    Kirrus says:

    Only if you’re so uncouth as to not notify your fellow human to your addition of a sentence or two to your wordy output.

    This comment is a test. I am testing a thing.

  38. Grey_Ghost says:

    For Realz?

    EDIT: Yes, Really.

  39. Replikant says:

    I hate change.
    Can we please edit out the edit button?

    • Josh W says:

      Yes, but only within 5 minutes.

      Edit: Although it currently only exists within 5 minutes, so removing it within that time would remove it entirely.

      Edit: And once the button was removed, we couldn’t edit it back in again.

  40. Shazbut says:

    I don’t believe you

    EDIT – Oh my God!

    EDIT – This new edit button is my GOTY

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    Ericusson says:


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      Ericusson says:

      This picture makes me want to play a Stranger things on Crack with Dinosaurs game.

      Also, you can never spell daik, daillekir, daiquy, thai curry wrong as long as your glass is full.

  42. Replikant says:

    Oh, one further thing (I am too lazy to try to find my previous post and edit this in):
    Can we please have a set of Like/Dislike Buttons now, where each “like” on a comment decreases the edit time for the post by 1 min, each dislike increases it by 1 min. I feel that this would cater to my lowly cyberbullying urges.

  43. Shiloh says:

    EDIT – Never mind

  44. DanMan says:

    What is this? I thought I can now everyone’s posts? Pfff… Unsubsc… wait…. this is YouTube, right?

    edit: see what I did there? I didn’t edit my mistake even though I could have. There. Serves you right.

  45. Brinx says:

    To be honest, I’m just commenting to see the already famous countdown.

  46. Don Reba says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard all year. Receiving my PhD comes in as a close second.

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    DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Forget the edit button. Who is the Photoshop master who made that header image?

  48. Llewyn says:

    I never asked for this.

    Edith: No, really. Sometimes it felt like I was the only one who wasn’t bothered by its absence.

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