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SethMetagari

Just one thing I'm curious about.

Why does Ask.com stop allowing you to edit after 15 minutes? Clearly if you find any new details, you'd need to put them into your question asap, right? This 15 minutes thing just doesn't seem that helpful.

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Commenting on other's answers I can see, somewhat. But I can't see a way to answer my own questions. Though I guess it isn't that important.

Anyway, as far as I was aware of, only the ASKER was able to edit the question. Which further begs the question: Why the 15 minutes?
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If you answer a question, and you see that you made a mistake in your answer, you can edit the information. After 15 minutes you have probably moved on to another question and your answer stands as posted.
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ANOTHER REASON TO EDIT! Saying you found your answer and no longer need anymore.
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Ignore.
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... Except you would have to note the E-mails that still come, which would still be annoying. I know that's just assuming people still answer, but it CAN happen.
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Well, I have been wondering this too. I think it is so that people can't just change an answer from something really helpful with tons of stars to something less helpful or so that the answers match the question and the question will not be altered.

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QUESTIONS, dude. Not answers, QUESTIONS. Plus, shouldn't the ASKER be the only one able to edit?
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If you read what I said, I talked about questions at the end, but I felt it would be helpful to include additional details. I said that the answers would not match the question then.
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"Well, I have been wondering this too. I think it is so that people can't just change an answer from something really helpful with tons of stars to something less helpful" Yeah, CHANGING ANSWERS is what you seem to be implying. Which was not what I was talking about.
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So that the answers match the question and the question will not be altered.
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But then shouldn't re be able to remove answers to our own questions and notify the answerer why it was removed?

Some things may not seem to be related until something comes up that create the connection.
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People could abuse the ability to remove them. I you find something wrong with an answer to your question, you can always report it o the mods.
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... Have the mods verify the reason before the answer is removed?
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The mods always verify that there is in fact a problem with the question/answer before removing it.
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Uh... no idea how to reply to that.
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Which is why you should think of the question you want to ask before you ask it.

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There's always the comments if you find or think of additional info after the window of editing opportunity elapses.

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as it should
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So that people don't completely change the question after it has been answered...

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Shouldn't the asker be the only one to be able to edit the question?
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I mean like asking... "Do you support abuse?..." Everyone... At least mostly everyone says "No..." Then the asker changes the question to... "are you straight"... Oh boy...
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._. I... never thought about that.
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Wait, but then the answerers should be notified of the edits to the question.
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Personally I think it has something to do with those people who copy another person's answer word for word, which I have seen time after time. And, almost always I have seen the answer was "edited", but that's just my take on it. If I need to add something, I just add it in my comments, I am sort of glad they do it this way. I have had it happen to myself, and it is very annoying. If I don't think I can be of help with an answer, I just skip it entirely, I am not about to "copy". If you need to edit a question, you can do so under another persons comments. It's not that big of a deal.

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Well can't those "copied word for word" things be FLAGGED And I was talking about the QUESTIONS, not the ANSWERS. Plus, I was under the impression only the ASKER could edit the question.
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Yes you are correct. I know you were speaking of the question. I was simply adding something. And, no, askers are not the only ones who can edit. Anybody that wants to edit an answer can do so. Check it out next time you anwer or comment. You will see an edit tag.
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SethMetagari
...? This is... confusing.

Okay, let me explain how I thought of it. I was under the impression that only the asker can edit their own questions, and only the answerer can edit their own answers.

So what are YOU trying to say?
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You are correct. I was just adding about being able to edit a comment. I know only the "asker" can edit their own question, and an answerer can answer their own question. Not confusing. lol I took the long way around. I knew what you meant, but I started my answer about editing comments first, because THAT is where I see the most edits. I agree with you about wanting to go back and edit a question but no longer can after the timer is gone. It would be nice if we could. But, I don't want them to remove the timer on editing a comment. Should they do that, you would see many repeat answers. Sorry if I was unclear.
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Well, I didn't really ask about the answer or comment editing timer, just the question timer.

I never saw a thing to answer our own questions, so I don't think we can. But if we can, can you tell me how?
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I know. What I was trying to say, or basically add to your question, and I agree it truly had nothing to do with your true question, but it made me think of something I, myself had been wondering. I think that a 'question' should not have a time limit on editing, since only the asker can do it. And you are right. The only way the asker can edit after the time limit, is to do it under a comment from somebody. I should have just not answered your question. My problem is with those people who continually "edit" their own answer and you can TELL they copy somebody else's answers. (I guess for "stars") I think the "asker" should have unlimited time, while a person answering should have much less time to edit. I guess that's a huge pet peeve of mine, because I have seen the copying happen. Both to me and others. And always, always the answer was "edited", sometimes drastically because I had seen the first answer, and then it got changed to somebody elses as if their own. They could have just said "I agree with _________." That's what I do. Sorry I messed up your question Seth.
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Oh, it's fine. You kinda made me think of something as well.

True it's a pain that answers would be edited to get stars, but I can see an efficent ways around that. That would be to allow access to the history of the answer (previous edits).

Sorry about earlier, that was just me being me. I sometimes fail to see the point of things before they're laid out a bit clearer.
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It keeps the integrity of the answers.

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Then shouldn't there be an option for the asker to remove answers, as well as send an e-mail notification to the answerer who's answer was removed, including the reason why?

Which adds another thing: Why can't askers do that?
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That's the moderator's job.
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... To be honest... I dunno what to say in reply to that.
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Just because you don't find an answer helpful, someone who has the same question might. That is why the asker doesn't have the right to remove someone's answer. The mods make sure the answers fit the guidelines, and if they do they get to stay.

If you don't like an answer you can comment on it as to why you don't think it was helpful. Just as you would on something you might find helpful.
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Okay... so then how about this. How about those who ALREADY answered gets sent an e-mail depicting a change in the question?
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Idk

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