Way back in September, we were ideating how to do edit posts while maintaining the sanctity of the message — most people needed to edit only when they made a mistake, and we didn't want people changing what they said.
This was an idea that I mocked up in the front end w css and js. You would only be able to select a word to edit, and the action was called 'fix typo', not 'edit'. The implementation would actually be way messier (what is a 'word'? what about URLs mistyped?) and complicated (and potentially solving a problem we didn't have), so we decided to just do a straight forward editing feature that launched today: http://bulletin.branch.com/post/43427465567/edit-your-posts-on-branch
10 months ago
This is interesting. I like this but I can see how it would fall apart in practice.
Are edited posts marked as edited so that other users can see someone changed it? Perhaps if an edit is substantial ask people to put a note that explains what they changed. This would probably help deter people from completely changing their post.
How long did it take you to prototype this, Julius? Seems pretty useful.
@Charles Riccardi mmm... not super long. basically i iterated through the whole post's text by delimiting with a space (which is totes not the only definition for a 'word') and wrapped spans that turned into inputs (or content-editable if you wanna do html5) when you clicked on them.
@Henry Modisett yea, i mean we've shipped the real feature, which is just editing whatever you want + a notice. i prefer to trust our users instead of sticking a huge barrier that prevents them from editing. branch has always been way too elite/stressful, and sticking a big THIS SHIT WAS EDITED mark on an edited post (that might've just been a typo) is a huge deterrent. what we ended up doing was replacing the timestamp (which only appears on hover on desktop)
though my favorite part of this was the framing of the feature. it's not 'edit post', it's 'fix typo'.
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