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Editing Thread Titles

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(Originally brought up at https://meta.codidact.com/comments/thread/3359#comment-11064)

Can we allow thread starters to edit the title of a comment? This could be useful in cases like, for example, https://codegolf.codidact.com/comments/thread/3417#comment-11178, where I originally was asking about the input format, but then edited to ask about both input and output formats, but could not change the title to reflect that.

The one concern mentioned in the thread was

On the other hand, the title is more of a "shared resource" and we don't yet have a visible audit trail.

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Who "owns" a comment thread? (2 comments)
duplicate (3 comments)
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Based on feedback to this answer and other conversations, I propose the following:

  1. Allow anybody with the Curate ability to edit the title at any time (this is true today).

  2. Allow the creator of the thread to edit the title at any time until there is a comment from somebody else.

  3. Add simple public auditing: when the title of a thread is changed, add an entry to the thread recording this. Something like: a comment posted by the System user that says "Thread title changed from X to Y by so-and-so".

  4. After #2 is implemented,[1] allow the creator of the thread or anybody with the Edit ability to edit the title.

Does this strike the right balance of utility, transparency, and abuse-mitigation?


  1. This seems like something we could roll out in stages if that's easier: allow the first item right away because it doesn't affect anybody else, then work on the logging that would allow broader edits. If it's easier to just jump straight to the logging + edits, that's fine too. ↩︎

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What do you mean by "After 2 exists"? (2 comments)
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I started to write up a platform issue for this, but realized I have questions we need community feedback on first:

  1. Who should be able to edit the title, beyond those with the Curate ability who already can? Only the creator, or any participant in the thread? (We do not have a "suggest edit" mechanism for thread titles and I don't think that would be a priority.)

  2. Should there be any limits to when you can edit, like "only in the first hour" or "only if there are no other comments"? (Assume that we would record late edits visibly, so you could tell that the title changed after the first four comments.)

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Who - initial author; When - always (1 comment)

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