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I have a tendency to edit extra content into my questions and sometimes it changes the questions and it seems like it is sometimes unavoidable despite the fact that I have been on this site for a while. I felt like I should ask on Meta.

What are the best practices in editing that can stop you from changing the nature of your question and in consequence the validity?

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If your edit invalidates existing answers then it is usually better to ask it as a new question, otherwise editing is generally fine.

If you think that a question might need refinement then post it in the sandbox first.

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  • $\begingroup$ The sandbox is for before a question is posted on the main site. $\endgroup$ – JDSweetBeat Mar 17 '15 at 12:57
  • $\begingroup$ @DustinJackson yes, post it to the sandbox before asking it in the main site to avoid having it changed afterwards - or close it on the main site, post it to the sandbox, then open it again once it's been refined. Again it's best to avoid invalidating existing answers though. $\endgroup$ – Tim B Mar 17 '15 at 15:22

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