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Is it inappropriate to edit a question to add unit conversions?

When rejecting an edit, we need to justify the rejection through a dialog. It provides the following options: spam or vandalism This edit defaces the post in order to promote a product or ...
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What should edits that do nothing but change pronouns in a edit count as?

One small clarification, since it seems to have come up a bit in discussion. It’s true that correcting pronouns, including towards gender neutral pronouns where relevant, is a positive contribution. ...
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Is it inappropriate to edit a question to add unit conversions?

That's something I have done by myself various times, as jumping between the question and the converter is not so handy. Since it is an integration and definitely improves clarity, especially in ...
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Is it appropriate to correct someone else's answer in an edit?

No Don't change the content of someone else's answer. Feel free to roll back that edit. I approved that edit, so I need to remand myself for punishment. I think that I thought it was a grammar edit. ...
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What do we do with these messy questions?

It is the responsibility of the OP to ask a clear, concise question That, as of the writing of my answer, is a question run amok. Rather than improving the question, the OP simply appended... and ...
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Edits of old questions

There are a few factors to consider for old posts: Has this question been bumped recently anyway (so it's already on the front page)? It sometimes happens to me that Community (or a new answer or ...
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Why are my illustrations being removed from my question?

When an image is used into a question or an answer it shall support what is being said. When I saw those gifs, my first question was: "Why is the smoke cloud of a rocket launch here?", followed by a "...
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MathJax and Pending Edits

I don't have any such edit to look at immediately, so I'm going from memory here. Please excuse any inaccuracies. There are different "views" of posts in the review queues. Particularly, there is a ...
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Is it permissible to cherry-pick someone else's answer for the same question?

The bottom line is that we're not here to compete with one another; we're here to write good answers (and ask good questions!). I'm struggling to see where there's been any misconduct here. ...
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Should we discourage "Edit:" syntax?

In short, yes. We should discourage it. That said, I think there is a definite place for this usage when questions are first getting posed and commented upon. "Edit:" passages should be inserted in ...
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How to handle this extensive edit

The Original Question I definitely think that the original question was poorly thought out, and was far too broad. I believe the driving force behind it was curiosity, and was not researched at all(...
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Should we discourage "Edit:" syntax?

The post should always be a coherent whole, not a sequence of original text + edit 1 (which revises some of that) + edit 2 etc. The "Edit:" style comes from the blog world, I think, where revision ...
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What to do if I want to change the numbers in a question?

No, please don't invalidate existing answers by editing The bounty reason you named is supposed to be used if for example new research came up or on some other sites on the network if the programming ...
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Is it inappropriate to edit a question to add unit conversions?

It is almost always appropriate to edit in unit conversion; and in both directions! If a query is in normal units, then editing to add metric is not only acceptable but commendable. Same goes for the ...
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Is an alternative use of TeX reason to remove it from a post?

respect the CSS and site design Some people overlook provided features for markup (headers) or don’t trigger the recognition of numbered lists and bullets properly, etc. Don’t make up your own ...
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Redundant edit message

An edit can be trivial but still important or worthwhile. For example, correcting a misspelling that leads to misunderstandings can be important, yet by some measures trivial. (An edit can also be ...
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Seeking community advice/consensus on rolling back edits that invalidate answers

There is a network-wide consensus: Exit strategies for “chameleon questions” And I personally like it. In short, it is like that: Edits are not allowed to invalidate answers If scope of question ...
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What should edits that do nothing but change pronouns in a edit count as?

The edits were ridiculous If the world has really come to the point where reading the words "he" or "she" are intrinsically offensive, then we've really come to a sad state of ...
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Should we edit grammar and spelling on off-topic questions?

Making grammar edits on a question that is closed, downvoted, and unanswered might be wasted effort because such a question, if not reopened, will get auto-deleted eventually. (Except duplicates -- ...
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Is it considered good practice to edit your question after answers have been given?

It's not considered kind or polite to invalidate existing answers by altering a question Responders have spent time and effort to answer a question. Changing a question to invalidate their time/...
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How do you ask a user to stop making unnecessary edits?

You've got a couple of options here: Anyone who has edited a post (or participated on it in some way, including the author, editors, commenters, and, for questions, anyone who voted to close/reopen ...
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What happens if a poster's assumptions invalidate their answer when clarifications are made later

This, like most things, is a two part problem at least in my opinion. 1) The person posting the question should be clear. They should meet all the requirements from the how to ask page. Namely ...
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If I asked a question yesterday, but edited it today would it reappear with the new questions?

An edit bumps the question to the top of the front page and also to the top of the questions list, if sorted by activity. So yes, people will see it again and can look at your changes to decide ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Is it possible to add upvoting for edits?

There are no points or upvotes for edits, no. Editing is part of the idea of community-maintained content; we encourage people to help make all the content on the site better when they can. The best ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Edits of old questions

They give out a badge for that, so maintenance of old questions is something that’s encouraged by the platform. There's an ongoing effort to fix images across all questions. It's good to improve ...
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Let's fix our now-broken images

CLAIM A CHUNK TO WORK ON! Some chunks are shorter than others deliberately so people who just want a few can take those. Not done Chunk 1 Done Chunk 2 Done Chunk 3 Done Chunk 4 Done Chunk 5 Done Chunk ...
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Why is the edit count always wrong now that I crossed 10k rep?

This is because once you cross 10k rep -- the review counter in the statusbar changes to show the amount of reviews in-flight on the site as a whole. (I know, this seems to be one of the most ...
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How should I improve the way I edit questions?

TL;DR: Unfortunately, you can't. Sorry. Some people will always dislike something. Each question and answer on here is ultimately someone's baby. They may have just banged it out quickly without much ...
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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?

I agree with Secespitus' comment. You should always strive to ensure that edits don't invalidate existing answers. Sometimes, that means to swallow your pride and accept that the question turned out ...
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What kinds of edits do we have?

If you're editing a post anyway, scan the comments on it for anything from the author of the post that should be incorporated. A common situation, especially with new users (who don't know all our ...
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