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How do I edit or delete "Saved comment for reuse"?

In Speedgrader > View Rubric you have the option to "Save this comment for reuse" under the Ratings column.

I've done this a few times.

Now I'd like to remove some comments or edit them.

How do I at least delete, if not edit, these items in the drop-down menu once they are created?

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @chad_cameron ‌ -

I'm sorry that your question has gone unanswered for so long!

If you're referring to the information from this document ( How do I use free-form comments instead of ratings in a rubric in SpeedGrader? ), comments from rubrics are not editable or able to be deleted. It looks like you aren't the only Canvas Community member who has requested these changes either. The following ideas are in Cold Storage because they were archived during the feature idea process: 

I think it makes a lot of sense for instructors to be able to edit/delete the comments they save for reuse. Maybe those comments could be accessed through Outcomes then manage rubrics. If you submit a feature idea in‌, please link it to this discussion. That way, if others find this, they may help vote and share their comments.

Community Coach
Community Coach

Hello there,  @chad_cameron ...

I have been reviewing older questions here in the Canvas Community, and I came across your question.  I wanted to check in with you because I noticed that we have not heard back from you since you first posted this question on November 15, 2017.  It looks like  @klundstrum  was able to provide you with some feedback on March 20, 2018.  Have you had an opportunity to review her reply?  If so, has her response helped to answer your question?  Do you have any outstanding questions for Community members as it relates to your original question?  If you feel that Kristin's response has helped to answer your question, please feel free to mark her response as "Correct".  However, if you are still looking for some help or assistance, please come back to this topic to post a message below so that someone from the Community might be able to assist you.  For now, I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered" because we've not heard back from you and because there hasn't been any new activity in this thread for about four months. However, that won't keep you or others from posting additional questions and/or comments below that are related to this topic.  I hope that's alright with you, James.  Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

 @chad_cameron ‌ I'm grading now and would love to delete a comment but I don't know how to do so. Also, there it's only allowing me to save two comments. Sometimes I get a write a better "reuseable" comment, and want to delete one and have my new and better comment saved as one of the two. How do I get this question/wish brought out of cold storage?

Community Participant

I don't believe free-style comments can be edited in rubrics. Even more problematic is that these comments are available to students to use for peer reviews.  

Community Member

The only way I've figured to edit saved comments is to recreate the whole assignment, copy the rubric and start over from the beginning. I wish you could right-click the comment and just delete it. I love that the comments are saved from previous semester, it makes my work a lot faster, but after a few years the list of comments gets very long and the trends in student errors change because I update the assignment instructions to make clear to students to not stumble into the pitfalls that students had in the past. 

Community Participant

I found this thread today because like many other instructors, I want to be able to delete saved comments in rubrics.  It seems like everyone agrees that this is a sensible thing to do (in what other online service is it impossible to delete your own comments?).  I'm sorry to say I don't understand why this was sent to "cold storage" when the existing system is so obviously flawed.  Your system requiring people to vote on things they would like changed is inadequate given that there's no way for someone to know that an idea has been proposed until they personally encounter the problem ... search for the answer ... and find their way to this discussion where it's too late to do anything about.

Can I suggest that really obvious usability problems like this one be prioritized even if the people affected can't muster a large number of votes in a short period of time?

Community Participant

I don't see any option to mark Kristen's answer as "correct."  But in any event, I think of "correct" as meaning that she solved my problem.  Reporting that the problem can't be solved does not feel like a "correct" answer to me.  Perhaps you should have a choice such as "correct but unsatisfactory" ... and have those answers registered as votes in favor of fixing the problem.

Community Member

I am also finding this very frustrating. I took over a class from another instructor and have no way of removing comments that were relevant to his exam last year and not my own. Please move this to a high priority fix for future releases!

Yes – I was unaware of this and began providing student feedback on my rubrics, only to find student peer reviewers parroting my feedback to their peers. If these saved comments can't be deleted (which is itself a problem) than at least a notification that this is the case would be helpful. If I had known, I wouldn't have saved a single comment.