I’ve even had my comments deleted without warning or explanation, which was very unsettling to say the least. There have been times when I have regretted a comment made, and I have gone back and changed it. But I agree, it can get confusing. Especially when there are taxon abbreviations and the initial genus reference gets removed.
I would have to say I am prone to saying stupid things. I have let anger creep into comments from time to time, or even simply frustrations. I have kind of coined a personal term for them.... “ID Rage”. I decided a while back that it is better to leave comments in place, and add “addenda” comments so that context is not lost, and at the very least it warns others that a topic is contentious. I also find that if my “stupidity” is indelible, I try harder to get smarter! It encourages me to think before hitting enter, and to take time to let my emotional response subside and a more reasoned reaction is the result. I think I am making improvements in that regard.
So I am all for comment edit history, even to the point of removing ability to edit entirely. Maybe be able to append an edit or addenda to a comment, without changing it directly, so that such corrections don’t get lost further down a conversation, sort of like an ability to tack on a note with an explanation or correction for the comment.
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I've a serial comment editor. I can read a comment a dozen times before posting it, but only when I read the posted comments do I see the bad spelling, grammar or a lack of clarity. I don’t know why this is! I love that I can (a): edit my comments and (b): the fact that I've edited them doesn't then send a new notification to everyone involved. I'd be fine (though a bit embarrassed at times) if my edit history is kept.
But also consider the flip side to having a comment edit history: currently if a person makes a comment and then realises after posting that the tone was unintentionally harsh or that the comment could be misinterpreted they can, most times, change the comment before anyone reads it. So to force a comment history could add bad feelings where there need not be any.