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I want to use a term to covers both creating and editing some entity, say a blog post or a comment in a blog. Which word should I use?

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Raj, the best I can think of is "save", but "modify" can be a good word in cases you cited. –  user19148 Apr 20 '13 at 17:55
    
What's wrong with Create/Edit? Even if there is a term that covers both, it's probably uncommon, and uncommon words sacrifice clarity. –  SEL Apr 22 '13 at 5:19
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You would normally just say that you wrote or composed the post. Is there some reason you need to specifically call attention to the editing process? That might help us find the right word. –  starwed Apr 22 '13 at 5:36
    
Because I need to use that as a part of an identifier in programming code. I need it to be as succinct as possible. –  rsman Apr 22 '13 at 12:56

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The verb form of author encompasses both creating and editing a work of some kind.

Jill authored her personal web site using Fireworks.

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I like this a lot. Thanks Gnawme! –  rsman Apr 26 '13 at 9:10

I am used to Drupal world (which calls posts, comments, and users entities) where, when I create an entity, I am immediately asked for the values to give to the fields associated to the entity (e.g. the title, the body, and the timestamp of a post; the title and the body of a comment). Create is the term used in that case.

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Whereas you are referencing blog posts I would use the phrase WIP for Work In Progress. That phrase also has a connotation of Superordinating; that is to say it's similar to a Hyponym. Also Rudimentary or Rough-Hewn or Unfledged; there are several others as well, all of which establish that you are in the process of creating and perfecting. Hope this helps.

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I think the word producing (or production) could cover both writing and editing.

Produce has these definitions:

Used about things that someone makes or designs using a lot of skill or effort

To create by physical or mental effort

To yield, make or manufacture; to generate.

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If editing always follows creation, I would use to draft. Otherwise, to compose.

These answers are inspired by my experience with several e-mail programs. A draft is a letter that has been saved for later editing. Compose is used when it is not known if you will send a message or save it as a draft.

One word I just found (but which I've never heard used on online comments) is to develop. By Definition 4a, we are developing the final comment by bringing it into being gradually.

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