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There are really two issues here Edits should be reasonably substantive -- trivial edits have all the negatives but almost none of the positives. For example, the 6 character guideline we use for suggested edits is a good starting point. You don't need to be too protective of the front page; remember that the questions link will show you just the newest ...


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For what it's worth, I'm the editor who was referred to in the question. I derive a real sense of satisfaction from editing questions and answers on the sites, and flagging anything that falls outside of what generally makes 'good content'. Sometimes those edits are significant and almost a complete rewrite, other times they are minor but may help with ...


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How a post is formatted is more a question of preference than procedure. While there are bounds most people agree are in the extreme (walls of text lacking any formatting versus bold/italic/* bullet point soup that shouts more loudly than the post content itself), there's plenty of room for differing views in between. Here are a few guidelines I attempt to ...


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Some background here. The user's currently trying to work his way out of a question ban, and well, he's being somewhat enthusiastic about it. There's a few questions here by him on the topic. I strongly suggest that such edits are treated the same as any other edit, and you consider the quality and/or appropriateness of the edits, whether they're useful ...


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Bumping questions, in the sense of pushing them to the top of the active list by editing them, is always encouraged. As long as the edit in itself is valid! Editing a question solely for the purpose of bumping it, without providing further information or otherwise improving the question, is strongly discouraged. What if a question can't be improved, but ...


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No, not cool. Such an extensive edit should have been its own answer, not an edit. The suggested edit should have been rejected.


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Based on this post and some events this afternoon, me and Gareth were able to chat about this issue to some extent. The biggest issue was that some of the edits appear to be insubstantial, and useless, from our view. What I did not realize, was that Gareth was re-uploading all the broken images that were dead from PhotoBucket. The most of the edits were ...


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Reject the suggested edit if: The only thing the suggested edit will do to a post is bump it and leave its overall quality the same haze as it was. Even if it's just a single character in the title. You're going to hit the improve button but find yourself doing more than six characters of further changes. Hit reject and edit it yourself proper. Let's not ...


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You can see and approve pending edits from others when you come across a post that has one suggested. If you want to see the queue of pending suggested edits, you'll need to break through the 5000 reputation ceiling.


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To make this as precise as possible: YES, please. If you have the time to check the linked site and distill the most essential parts, then post them here, you've done us a big favor. First of all, you're making the answer more useful, and you can show others how it's done – leading by example. In the long run, people will see these edits and know how to ...


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You can only submit edits without providing a summary when you have full editing privileges (i.e. at 2,000 reputation). So yes, you have to enter a summary. We require you to enter a summary for several reasons. First of all, working your way towards the full edit privileges you should develop a habit of always describing what you change. This is especially ...


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For me, it comes down to how drastically the OP edited their question. Since the "spectrum" of possible edit-changeiness (how much the content of the question was edited) is infinite in a continuum, I'll break it down into three rough categories: A little tweak in the question that (one would hope) requires just a little tweak or added paragraph to your ...


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what I am asking is the 2.5/3.5 value. So I think this edit is wrong, so I rollbacked it. And that's what is highlighted in the revision 2 of the post. What does the 2.5"/3.5" value indicate? The thickness? I want one of my friends to buy a 1TB hard disk for me, but I have no idea about this value. I only know that 7200rpm is better (than 5400rpm). ...


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These just look like your standard "since I'm in here anyway, I'll make this post legible and better for all". Ampersand is used when you want to bridge two subjects together that are linked by some relationship. Hall & Oates. Bill & Ted. Sam & Dean. It shouldn't be used in a normal sentence in place of a standard "and" which was the right call ...


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This concise summary serves, under the form of a step-by-step guide, as a technical reference to current moderators (not only the diamonds, but also those who are voluntarily taking part of ensuring high quality among Super User), as well as people flagging and editing (even suggesting edits). When is a question acceptable on our community? While closing ...


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I (hope I) never edited a question just to remove a Thank you. But I always take it as a motivation to improve a question. I check the title. Can it be made more clear? Can it be phrased as a question? I check the body of the question. Are there typos? Grammatical errors? Wrong capitalization? I check the tags. Is the question correctly tagged? Missing tags?...


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Questions can be pushed into the Reopen Votes queue either by an edit or a reopen vote. As you said, the only revisions were made by you after you saw the review item, so that couldn't have created the task. I see only one reopen vote on the question now, which I suspect is yours, again cast after you saw the item. Therefore, the question must have only been ...


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Here are some usage statistics from Quantcast, which is used to track usage of SE sites (you'll see it as a tracking pixel when you check the loaded resources for each page). Unfortunately, I haven't found how to get better resolution than day. Using variants of @DaveDuPlantis' query, I created the following charts, that display the requested information ...


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Any time during the week from around 8 pm Pacific (this is around 3:00 UTC) to 12 am Pacific is usually fine if you're trying to target low traffic times. The absolute least traffic is Saturday night, same time. As far as editing goes, it's best to just do it in smaller chunks over time, if you have, say, more than 10 edits to do at once.


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Users never need to suggest edits to their own posts, they can either edit outright (the norm) or they can't because edits are blocked (eg, post is locked). In this case, the edit was proposed at ~16:49 and on the user account history I can see that a user account merge happened at ~17:11. It is highly likely that the user returned to the site on a ...


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Allquixotic's answer is good, but I would look at his middle case a little differently. These tend to fall in two categories: The original question was not worded well. The edit clarifies what was intended and is consistent with the original wording potentially having meant that. After getting some input, the OP decides he really should have asked a ...


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If the new question showed a decent research effort, there would be no reason to close it as a duplicate. For example I need an answer for a recent Firefox version (I have Firefox 42). I saw this question, but the answer provided there suggests installing an addon which is not compatible with Firefox 42.


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What about implementing a time-based edit queue? For example, let's say we set the threshold to five edits, with a time delta of 10 minutes. If you make more than five edits within a ten-minute period, all subsequent edits are sent to a queue. The edits in the queue are done immediately (the content is changed instantaneously), but they are pushed to the ...


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Very few of the unanswered questions are ones that just need an edit bump or a bounty to get them answered. We should certainly do that when it will help, but that won't make a big dent. Ones that should have been closed for the normal reasons sometimes don't gain closure traction before the action expires. If it's an old question, current standards may ...


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Yes they can. That's the way that this system was intended. However, if you feel that an edit was made to your post that was invalid, you can either roll it back, or flag it for moderator attention.


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Is there any way I can not accept the edits? The original poster can always revert edits. In this particular case I advise you not to do so, because, in addition to correcting capitalisation, the editor was kind enough to inline your images for you (so that readers do not have to click an offsite link to see the images). That is a good thing. From edit ...


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I think the first edit was just fine. It improved spelling, language and made the question clearer. I would have removed even more, the bit about it being 1TB is totally irrelevant to your question and how in the world does it matter if you or your friend buys it? Your question would be just fine with just the following sentence. What is the difference ...


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I just did what you proposed at the time you were writing this. Now, should I just edit the post, killing the second part and changing the meaning, or flag the question or just comment and ask the user to do the editing? You're not changing the meaning. You're just removing the part that's off-topic. If the question had been posted without these models, ...


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Never add signatured or taglines. We welcome edits of posts of any age, there are even badges as reward for editing older posts. So it's not like those are an excepted from the collaborative editing on the site. The user in question does not yet have editing privileges, the suggestion has been approved by two more experienced users (and rejected by one). ...


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If you set up a policy, that isn't going to stop this from happening; it's just going to give folks a stick to beat people with in cases that aren't problematic. An edit that breaks code is bad. So is an edit that breaks prose. So "don't break stuff" is a pretty good rule to have when evaluating edits. "Don't edit code" isn't.


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