Editing Comments Comes to AAC

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You, our readers, have long asked for the ability to edit your own comments after you have clicked on the “Submit” button, and now you can.

Once you submit your comment, you will be able to edit it for 10 minutes. Sorry about the time limit, but this is the only way we can implement this feature and still keep the site safe from hackers.

We have also added a spelling checker, a feature that is near and dear to me, since I’m dyslexic. There is also a button that enlarges the comment entry window.

Finally, if you change your mind about the whole comment, you can click on a button to request deletion. You can’t delete the comment yourself, but it will disappear into the comment moderation queue.

This is the first of several new features we are planning to add to the site to continue the process of making it more and more into a community for offshore mariners, both experienced and aspiring.

Please let us know how you like the new feature and if there are any problems with it, by leaving a comment on this post. Also, please leave a comment if you have suggestions for future improvements to the site.

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Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • richard s. May 11, 2013, 9:52 am

    ok, i just don’t see the need for these features…i’m going to feel so differently in a few mins about something i’ve just posted that i then want to revise or delete it ? don’t think so

    cheers…aac is an important part of my routine

    richard s.
    s/v lakota

    p.s. i say ban the cats from the america’s cup…reinstate the monos as was always intended and much more appropriate

  • Bob Tetrault May 11, 2013, 12:51 pm

    Thank you John, I was one of the many asking for this feature. It’s not the change of opinion or that we would feel differently ten minutes later its more the grammar and readability of the comment. When it would scroll prior to finishing the thought and auto edit when you were not watching was a deterrent to a spontaneous comment. I sometimes emailed you asking that you edit my comments when the post threatened to convey the incorrect message or thought. I would see my comment later and wonder how it could possibly have changed to what I was seeing. Just being able to scroll back is a huge improvement. I do agree with the multihull comment however, feel the same way about flying without engines.

  • Marc Dacey May 14, 2013, 3:58 pm

    John, as a fellow who writes and edits in part to support his boat habit, I would be interested to learn if you have developed any particular habits of composition to deal with your dyslexia. It certainly doesn’t show up on the page.

    I also consider it a fairly brave thing to admit on a word-dense blog such as this.

    Thanks again for the editing function, too.

    • John May 14, 2013, 4:06 pm

      Hi Marc,

      Actually, dyslexia, or at least my brand of it, does not really have any effect on composition. What it does do is make me the world’s worst speller and also manifests in not being able to see missing words because I learnt to read using context, so if the context is right I can miss a lot of details like, for example, a wrong ending on a word.

      The two biggest keys to my writing are having done a lot of it and having the world’s best editor—Phyllis.

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