A couple of site improvements are undergoing testing this weekend, one already in progress.
- Time-limited comment editing
Comment editing was time-limited for several years but the feature didn’t make it across upgrades last fall. In order to keep threads from becoming confusing due to changes in old posts, we’re bringing it back. Currently, when you post a comment you have an hour to revise it. That length of time will be adjusted in coming weeks. When you first commit your post, take a look at the edit link to see how much time is available for editing. When the time is up, the button will not be available. (The time requires refreshing the screen to update.)
- Subscriptions system
Some time over the weekend, we’ll be testing an alternative system for email notification subscriptions to forum threads/discussions. In the past, you could set an option in your profile to automatically subscribe to any thread you post in. We’re hoping to bring that back, but it does involve scrapping the current notifications system. During testing, you may find that there are periods when no notification process is working at all. If we make the switch successfully, any threads you were previously subscribed to will no longer be subscribed. So it will be a start from scratch.