Multiple times it happened that the edit/pencil icon (by comment) was showing but it was not possible to click on it and edit the comment.

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    Can you please edit your question to include an example? – Midavalo Nov 4 '17 at 13:34
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The pencil icon enter image description here next to a comment means that the comment has been edited in the past - it is not clickable.

I edited the comment I added above - you can see the icon on the end that indicates that the comment has been edited:

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To edit a comment you need to mouse over the comment and wait for the edit link to appear. You can only edit your own comments, and only for 5 minutes after you have commented. After that time you are unable to edit the comment.

Note the edit link at the end:

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See Why is the time limit for editing comments only 5 minutes?

If you need to edit your comment after the 5 minute timeout, you can flag the comment and ask a moderator to edit it (with an explanation), or delete the comment and add a new one. (edit It appears you cannot flag your own comment for moderator attention)

  • I think 1 of the issues in there was that the need for deleting and adding new one may break the order of comments then – Abc1 Nov 4 '17 at 14:15
  • @Abc1 It appears you are unable to flag your own comment. I will adjust my answer – Midavalo Nov 4 '17 at 15:24
  • I have never noticed that pencil icon before and was wondering what this question was asking. – PolyGeo Nov 4 '17 at 23:10

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