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Questions tagged [editing]

For questions about changing a question, answer, comment, tag, or other post.

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Seeking community advice/consensus on rolling back edits that invalidate answers

Yesterday I answered a question that had a given scope. Today I saw that the question had edits that changed its scope. I saw it because of a downvote to my answer - I believe it was due to my answer ...
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Is it appropriate to correct someone else's answer in an edit?

An edit was recently made to an answer I posted to this question: How can Ganymede have an Earth-like gravity without us having realized it? The edit changed this text: That would change its ...
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How do you ask a user to stop making unnecessary edits?

I just answered a question, and a few minutes later another user went on an edit spree, editing the question and three of the seven answers. They have enough reputation that they don't need their ...
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Redundant edit message

So, I was thinking about editing a post when I thought about, really thought about, the message for the editor: "We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial ...
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MathJax and Pending Edits

I've had a couple rejected edits dealing with converting math->MathJax. I think I'm starting to see why. On the suggested edit form that reviewers see, the MathJax doesn't convert to the final form. ...
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What kinds of edits do we have?

I'm kinda new here, but I already edit posts I think need it. I already edit posts for Grammar Spelling and Math (I edit math to put it into LaTeX/MathJax format quite a lot, more often than any ...
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Proposed addition to “Anatomically Correct” to establish Q quality expectations for the series

With TrEs-2b's blessing, I propose the following be added to his Meta question, Anatomically Correct Series, for the purpose of helping OPs understand the minimum requirements for and expectations of ...
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What to do if I want to change the numbers in a question?

Main site question: Remotely controlled battle starship. I posted the question and it was answered by several users, but now I want to change the numbers and add some more detail. Is it acceptable to ...
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How to handle answers that no longer reflect the edited question

I'm curious: how are we supposed to handle questions that have been changed such that older answers no longer reflect the questions being asked? In the context and spirit of this meta question what ...
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Is it considered good practice to edit your question after answers have been given?

Though only being around for a short while, I noticed that sometimes people edit the question they asked, even after one or several answers have been given. In some cases, follow-up questions that are ...
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Large Scale Edit

Many times when I edit someone else's post the changes take effect immediately. I don't know if they accept them that quickly or its because of my rep. I would like to propose large scale edit to ...
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What's the policy on accepting minor edits (spelling/grammar) in questions that are `on hold`?

There is, in the "Suggested Edits" queue, a question that is [on hold]. 100% of the edits are minor spelling and grammar fixes. If we accept those edits, this question will go into the Reopen Queue, ...
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How to handle successive versions of the same question with more specific or different context?

This question is due to this question on Worldbuilding, but concerns a problem that I think might be encountered often. I've searched through a few relevant threads, including On editing questions ...
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Are drastic edits acceptable when removing fluff?

I'm finding myself tempted to heavily edit a couple of recent posts to remove excessive fluff/noise, or other unnecessary nonsense, but doing so would mean deleting roughly half of the question body......
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What should I do when I realize that I forgot to list a crucial criteria in my question, after answers have been given?

So I had a question and couldn't quite see why I couldn't picture someone's answer but then I realised I hadn't said the fleet was moving slower than light (I definitely meant to, I know the ...
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Edits of old questions

I've seen quite a few edits in the review queue recently on old posts (over a year old, some even back in 2014). I get unsure on what is best to do. Sometimes there are paragraphs added and it makes ...
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Is it possible to add upvoting for edits?

I typed an answer on my phone this morning, and while I did somewhat well I still made some typos. Then a wonderful soul came along and kindly cleaned up the mess I left. Is there, or can there be, ...
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Let's fix our now-broken images

Stack Exchange is in the process of switching to HTTPS on all sites. As part of this, they have already fixed links to images hosted on imgur (which is where images go if you upload them in a post). ...
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Why is the edit count always wrong now that I crossed 10k rep?

I recently crossed 10,000 rep. Ever since, there is always something claimed in the editable changes to review. But when I click on that number 3 (or whatever it is on a given day), it takes me to the ...
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How should I improve the way I edit questions?

Recently I received some very negative feedback after editing a question (see comments and edit history). To me, parts of the question were unstructured, and needed clarification, but to the asker, ...
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Is an alternative use of TeX reason to remove it from a post?

Similar to this question although about a different edit The help page on editing lists these as the most common reasons to edit a post: To fix grammar and spelling mistakes To clarify the ...
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Why always refuse minimum edits lengths?

After I edited Does the probable heat of nanotech universal constructors make it infeasible in home environments? I noticed that the editor had altered 10^12 to 1012. While trying to fix this the ...
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Should we edit grammar and spelling on off-topic questions?

Related to this question: should we answer off topic questions, I was wondering if we should edit obvious spelling and grammar mistakes on questions that seem like they might be off topic, even if ...
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Should I edit my older question, make a new one, or do nothing?

One of my earlier questions on Worldbuilding could have been written better, or split into several smaller questions. Would it be better to edit the question to better fit the general guidelines of ...
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Should we discourage “Edit:” syntax?

Many posts feature "words words words EDIT: Here are different words, so the old words don't apply anymore...." I find this problematic for a few reasons: It requires readers to read a post, ...
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How to handle this extensive edit

A new user asked How will our world change if all animals suddenly die?. The OP indicated the question was asked as a result of the previous "all men/women suddenly die" questions, which were both ...
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User rolls back and refuses any and all edits to his question

I'm not one to frequently ask or answer on worldbuilding, but I do lurk very often. I'm well familiar with the layout of Stack Exchange sites, and am mainly active on Super User. When I saw this ...
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Uninformative Edit Reasons

In the last 24 hours I've had two posts edited by moderators/high reputation users which were automatically applied. One was on WB and the other on another stack exchange. In both cases, the edit ...
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Should there be a limit to editing on an question? [duplicate]

I'm fairly new to this site but I've noticed that on the worldbuilding forum it seems common for people to edit their questions in response to answers. In some cases, these edits substantially change ...
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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 ...
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Is this rejected edit in line with SE goals?

My edit to the question Overpopulation . . . IN SPACE! was rejected with the standard This edit deviates from the original intent of the post. We have of course to guess at the intent of the post. I ...
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Should minor/editorial edits be possible to make without bumping the post to the front page?

In the wake of my own recent editing spree, user JDługosz brought up a good point: How about a checkmark for edits that are editorial only, not affecting the semantics of the post? That will not ...
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How Long until a question should quit being updated?

I have a tendency to go back after my questions are answered for a couple weeks if I see room for improvements. My question is a simple one, it is: What is the best practice amount of time to go back ...
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Not allowed to suggest edits

I just tried editing an answer, only to be a bit taken aback when the system told me that "Account is not allowed to suggest edits." Now I've never seen this message before anywhere on SE, on any ...
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Should we prefer British or American spelling?

I was looking at the edits for a post and I noticed that someone changed "neighboring" to "neighbouring" in an edit. I've been avoiding edits like that on the assumption that people should be able to ...