Questions tagged [editing]

Anything related to the editing feature, e.g. anonymous edits, suggested edits, the editing privilege, edit history, etc.

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What is a substantial Edit?

I have just made my first attempted edit of a post here other than my own and I am confused on what a substantial edit is because the edit appears to be rejected because the my edit was not "...
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How should I try to improve a question that the user doesn't like my edits for?

Often, when I edit questions, it is because they need editing to be uncrap. After putting some time into making the following question uncrap, one person approved the edit, but the user rejected it ...
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Make the edit tags button not bump a post

Four to five times a week I find my self answering a 2-3 year old question on the front page that I do not realize is a old (potentially abandoned) question that Hennes edited to do tag cleanup on (...
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Is approving a edit for 2k users a bug or feature?

A low rep user edited a question I was looking at, I thought the changes he made where good and I clicked to approve it. Now it is sitting waiting for a approval of a 2nd user. If I had clicked "...
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What is the proper procedure for us laypeople to edit an answer?

How do I get rid of adware from Search Conduit/White Smoke? A few days ago, I had this question answered with the assistance of another user. His answer did not entirely solve my problem, however. ...
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Editing “on hold” question

The question https://superuser.com/questions/612281/reason-for-unexpectedly-shutdown-with-unexpected-symbols by unregistered user was put on hold with "unclear what you are asking" as reason. ...
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Do you really always need to make an edit summary?

I just tried to edit a question with poor spelling and no punctuation. Why does this require an edit summary? I believe I have seen edits without edit summary. Does this have something to do with my ...
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It is ok to to edit posts to add tags that are related to answers rather than questions? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if it is ok to add a tag to a post that help categorizing it but it is more related to the answer rather than to the question. This doubt is related to this question How to create an ...
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Can someone explain how I got +2 rep points for editing this question

Can someone explain how I got +2 rep points for editing this question: Excel Document Size is at 0KB, can't be opened This is someone else's question. I did not post an answer to the ...
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A neccessary edit? (whitespaces before KB/MB/GB/etc)

If this edit had gone through a review, it would probably be rejected as "too minor" (there, I "misused backticks" again). What gives? Edit: Just to clarify, is there really only one way to write ...
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Question about editing an answer

Sometimes (for no particular reason), I have add my first name (Kevin) to the end of questions or answers that I have posted. In one particular case, I have posted an answer to a question, months ...
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Why can we only edit our comments for the first five minutes after posting?

I sometimes come across comments that I have typed quickly or on a mobile device or simply without paying enough attention and they have spelling mistakes or typos. Since I can only edit my comments ...
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Unregistered Users Should Not Be Able to Suggest Edits

It bugs me when unregistered users edit my Answers. It's not that big a deal to undo their edits (Moderators always seem to approve them almost immediately), but when they make really bad edits (and ...
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Error: “body must be at least 30 characters” when editing an answer

I tried to edit an answer of someone else and got this message: Oops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: body must be at least 30 characters; you entered 19 It's this answer: ...
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Can other users edit my posts without my approval?

Is it possible for other users to edit StackExchange posts without the approval of the post's original author? I'm concerned that some of my posts (and those of other users) may be altered in ways ...
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Is there an “Approve” option on SU for edits made to my input?

I have had a few edits done on some of my posts and that's fine, it has helped to fit in the SU site. But while on another StackExchange site, any edits give me the ability to Approve them. Is this ...
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Is bumping a question OK?

Is it OK to bump a question that received not enough attention (tumbleweed candidate) to the top using an edit? If so under which circumstances?
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Is there some program that searches SuperUser for bad words in posts?

Earlier tonight I posted something asking about MediaWiki and I tried to ask "how do I do that" but I accidentally typed "hoe do I do that". I realized this because one of the site admins edited the ...
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Edit that's less than 6 characters

If I try to queue an edit for someone else's post changing only 2 or 3 characters, the system doesn't let me save it. But there are cases in which changing only 2 or 3 characters changes the full ...
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What in the world is a “code block”?

I'm trying to edit an answer I wrote a while back to correct an important item. When I select "Save Edits", it gives me an error with the following: "Oops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: ...
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Over 54,000 questions with no answers!

We have over 54,000 questions with no answers, this feels somewhat like a concern to me. Some other ideas than just answering include: Give bounties to the highest voted questions, helping them get ...
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Is there a way to cancel an edit?

I happened to edit a question just as someone else did. Their edit was much more clear, but mine ended up being accepted. Is there a way I can cancel an edit while it's being peer reviewed?
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Should we edit link only answers?

There's lots of them around, and most times I comment asking the OP to edit the answer and add more detail. However there are some cases where the OP isn't around, but the answer is still valid (...
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Removing “Thank you”'s from questions

I have often seen the removal of phrases like "thank you" that mostly newer users, especially 1-rep users, tend to append to their questions. I even do this myself, mostly because it seems to be a ...
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Why are tags sometimes lost when quick-editing them?

I noticed the issue on this question: Any game kills my sound Before After The windows-xp is simply lost in the process.
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Create a queue for posts that will have to be reviewed later

There are many posts that should be placed in a queue to be checked later. An example is this one, but there are comments like this scattered all over the place: Having a queue like this would ...
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Are welcome messages in answers acceptable?

I saw this answer and am not sure if the “Welcome to SuperUser.” at the beginning should be removed. It seems out of place to me…and aren't new users shown or emailed a welcome page or something ...
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Suggestion for a system to vote on edits

Edits on Super User are very important, it gives sense to many questions and answers here and I think it deserves a good stimulus (such as "Editor" and "Copy Editor" badges), but in my humble opinion ...
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Why do some answers don't have edit link?

Currently in this answer of question 226923 I am seeing that there is no link to edit the answer, whereas just below that answer I can see that there is link to edit that answer. Both answers are ...
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Editing OS-specific questions or answers if the question or answer will also apply to another OS [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the original intent of a question be broadened to make the answers more canonical? I recently found out that this question - How print multiple independent pages in one ...
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Click handling on post preview inconsistent and confusing

How Super User (and probably all Stack Exchange sites) handle clicks to preview areas for posts currently being written is confusing and horribly inconsistent: If I click the preview pane for a new ...
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What steps can I take to check and improve lower quality questions?

It is sometimes unclear in which way a question should be handled. What can I do to check why excactly it doesn't meet our standards? What could I do to inform the user and improve it to be of higher ...
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Link redirects from answers?

Not sure if there's a problem... I had a link in this response: How do I convert a .vhd disk image to work with VMWare Fusion 2? The link was edited out with a claim as too many redirects. I checked ...
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Logging in at Ask Question page discards question

I painstakingly wrote a question up, not realizing I wasn't logged in. When I was done, I noticed that there was a log-in button below the question box, so I assumed that's what I needed to do to ...
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How should I handle ranting in answers?

I removed a rant from this answer. Is this the right thing to do or should I take some other action?
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Does retagging count as an edit?

When you retag a question, it displays on the question as an edit. However, does it actually count as an edit (such as toward the Strunk & White or Copy Editor badges)?
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Can't new users edit their own questions without approval?

Found this question with a suggested edit pending edit. But it looks like it's the OP that has done the edit. Shouldn't this be approved automatically?
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Editing privileges suspended - reactivated at 2k rep

My account had editing privileges suspended for 7 days for rejected edits. I hit 2,000 reputation and I gain the privileged to edit questions and answers without another user's review AND the ...
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Require users that plan to edit flood over a certain rate / amount to get permission

TL;DR: Users shouldn't flood edits without a consensus. Read my post but skip the optional stuff... :) Every now and then, we get an edit flood at our front page. This sometimes happens without any ...
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Under what circumstances is an edit summary required?

I was editing a post (now deleted, and I am sure that that has something to do with it) and it asked me for an edit summary of ten characters. Under what circumstances would I need to provide such a ...
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PDF tag wiki uneditable

There is no link/button that will allow editing of the pdf tag wiki. Improve this tag wiki pink just redirects back to the tag wiki page. What is going on? (Note DanielBeck also has this problem, so ...
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Is the question's last activity relevant for editing, or accepting suggested edits?

Is the last activity date of a topic relevant in deciding whether a given change makes the relevance threshold when editing, or deciding on a suggested edit? Are smaller, less important edits fine ...
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How do I force a peer review for my edit when I already have editing privileges?

How do I force my edit through the peer review system (for example, when I'm not sure if I did it right) when I already have editing privileges? It seems like creating peer review requests is a rare ...
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Differences between plain-text diff and formatted diff

Plain-text diff and formatted diff produce different results in what they consider was added. I wondered about the following editing diff in a recent post of mine: I clearly added a sentence to ...
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Should the original intent of a question be broadened to make the answers more canonical?

A question about Markdown editors with live preview is specific to Mac OS X, but several other answers, including mine, discuss applications that run on other operating systems. Is it appropriate to ...
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Unable to edit the body of a particular answer

I make a large number of edits across Super User every week, but I've not seen this issue before. If I try to make any edits to this answer, the text available for me to edit is trimmed short - only ...
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What's up with “Window XP” and “Window 7”?

Editing notice: Please don't edit and bump posts that are old, have no answers, low views, and are generally of low quality. Vote to close or delete, and/or flag them for moderator attention to have ...
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Empty editing description of post's first revision

When viewing a specific revision, the description entered by the user is displayed. Even if it's revision 1, the original post, with no editing description. Depending on the site style used, this ...
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When people give good answers to the wrong question

I asked this question last night just before going to bed. In summary, the question was "Why does my browser ask me before it will make an HTTPS connection?" I've got two answers now, but both have ...
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Editing others' questions: etiquette issue with partially off-topic questions?

The quidelines for editing say don't change the meaning. And it's reasonable and just. But what about questions like this one: "Should I buy webcam of 720p or VGA quality?" The first part, where the ...