# Rules for editing questions

This question recently was edited and approved: How to protect a space elevator against terrorism

The edit provided an embedded picture and link to a relevant xkcd comic. The comic was already linked in a comment. While it is related topically, and might add a little humor to the original question, I fail to see how this edit improves the question in a meaningful way. In addition, the comic contains a certain four-letter word that would otherwise probably be edited away.

What are some rules or guidelines to consider when editing/reviewing edits for other members' posts? While these could be subjective, my first thought is that an edit should:

1. Not violate the original intent of the question
2. Provide meaningful improvements to the overall quality of the post.

• Yeah, I don't think I'd ever approve an edit that added an image. I prefer links, as they don't clutter up the post as much, and provide a more professional look. But I guess it comes down to personal preference. – DaaaahWhoosh Aug 5 '15 at 17:38
• @DaaaahWhoosh, you actualy did: worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/9409 – clem steredenn Aug 5 '15 at 17:57
• I have for my part to admit that I skipped it. I was a bit unsure, and after all, I haven't been here that long. I was curious what was the take of the community, so thanks for raising the question. – clem steredenn Aug 5 '15 at 17:59
• @bilbo_pingouin Oh, that's what that was! I got confused by the syntax, I guess. There was no image in the preview. – DaaaahWhoosh Aug 5 '15 at 18:01
• @DaaaahWhoosh, no there wasn't. I only realised reading the link... XKCD could only be an image... :-) – clem steredenn Aug 5 '15 at 18:02
• @bilbo_pingouin It could also be a link to an image... which is what I thought it was. Either way, I'm glad I've realized the error of my ways. – DaaaahWhoosh Aug 5 '15 at 18:04
• @DaaaahWhoosh. Those previews can be seen in both "rendered output" view and in "markdown" view. It's probably a good idea to check both. The [![ at the beginning of the link indicates an image. – TRiG Aug 8 '15 at 12:38