Slashdot is different. Here, we have this wonderful thing called a text-area. In it you can type, and after you've typed you can read what you've typed, because it's still there on the screen waiting for further input from you. More than that, you can then preview what you've typed to see how it looks in the comments once it has been committed. The words are the same as what you'd typed previously, but you have the chance to read them once again before committing to eternity the thing you typed.
But you know, a question is forming in my head. I do know what you mean about edit-buttons. They exist. I've implemented them myself in projects. They *seem* useful. Why doesn't Slashdot just implement them too?
But that's not really my question. My question is: How conditioned are we by the existence of edit-buttons? How many people read a comment, and then go back and read it again later anticipating that it might have changed? I don't know about you, but when I've used an edit-button I feel a certain anxiety about how many people might have seen my original unedited post.
With Slashdot, the anxiety has a kind of relief. I mean, I'm still left with the shame of leaving a draft-version of my thoughts on the Internet for all to judge me by, but at the same time at least there's a way for me to notice how much others give a shit about that. If someone sees my mistake, they can say so, and then I can clarify what I meant to say with another comment. For the silent ones, I guess they will fall into two camps: One will be "Oh, I guess they meant to type this." The other, "Oh, I guess they meant to type this, but they didn't, so I get to think about how stupid they are and that makes me feel better about myself."
In thinking about this I get to feel stupid too, but I also have an avenue for correcting that stupidity, and for others to see me doing so, which I think is a good thing for keeping my ego in check, and for demonstrating to others that this is an okay thing to do in a world dominated by reactionary media. Yes, I know we could implement edit-histories and diffs against revisions and all that shit. But why go to such effort for sake of the effluence that comes out of most of our keyboards? It is my conviction that people need to be reminded more regularly of how stupid they are than how clever they are, and toys like edit-buttons and the like are things we can ration to help us with our collective neuroses.