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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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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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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 ...


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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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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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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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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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Its by design. People did bad reviews, and as such they made the initial one review to accept into two, improving and Approving would let you immediately approve a post. The idea is that a robo reviewer would keep clicking approve or reject, but if you're adding to the edit, you're engaged I guess.


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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'm strongly against this question because there is no correct answer. Just. Kidding.


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Well, technically it's not really bold text, it's "strong" text. Markdown actually specifies that the <strong> element be used to render the text, and a quick look around the web suggests that that means "strong importance" - in other words, text that is more important than its surrounding text. Important in the sense that, if you only see a few words ...


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You keep hitting on the automatic limits we can't do anything about. No we cannot remove these limits and they are automatic and there's no way to undo them. The official line here is you'll just have to do 5 edits a day and make them good ones. I suspect the edit limit is to keep folk from vandalising their own posts. Fact is, there's no hard and fast ...


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Comments are only available to be modified in the next 5 minutes after you send them, once this time passes, they are permanent and cannot be modified. You can, however: Either simply add another one after the one you cannot modify. Delete your comment from yesterday and send a new one if you need it (you can even reference the deleted one pointing what ...


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There's no private messaging system - in fact, for most part SE's designed to minimise private interaction. The closest thing we have to a private messaging system for regular users is chat (And I don't ever recall seeing him there, and you can't really contact someone who hasn't used chat recently over chat). So, there's no actual way you can contact ...


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Oliver reached out to me to let me know about the discussion here. Really appreciate that, thanks! OK, so it probably helps to tell the whole story so you see where I'm coming from. Apologize for the length… I work on the Chrome team so I wanted to help communicate about this change. It's a big and contentious change. I myself don't like it and apparently ...


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My take on this… if we were to decide on a policy that'd discourage users from editing only code (anonymous and registered users alike), we'd have a hard time enforcing it. It'd either require the developers to implement a filter that rejects such edits immediately, or we'd have to find a way to tell all reviewers. Also, we've learned that quite a few ...


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It depends on how substantial your adjustments to the post are. Regular editing guidelines apply, even if it's an answer to your own question. For your information, 3 people reviewed your edit. 1 person approved it, the other two rejected it for the following reasons: This edit is incorrect or an attempt to reply to or comment on the existing post. Should ...


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You can always find something else to correct - in this snippet I'd maybe change "the key of the receiving party" or 'the used password" to the password they have used, and include that you've done the additional grammar fixes cause of the lameness filter. Eventually, once you've enough reputation, you can make even small edits directly.


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I've the feeling he's doing that just for gaining reputation. This way he forces also reviewers to spend time checking his edits, instead of working on higher quality ones. Should / can we do something with this situation? You are applying way too much psychology here. Honestly who cares? If the edits are good, approve them. If you disagree with them, ...


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You stated: It is possible that he/she forgets about that edit and miss even the comment that sometimes are given with the rejection. Unlikely, as the next time they submit an edit they will see a warning about the last reject: Kevin implemented this as described below. One rejected edit will produce the following warning: That links back ...


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An extract from this answer What is the correct way to deal with obsolete answers? by slhck (a SU moderator) provides some clues (my emphasis): The ideal solution in such a case, of course, is to edit and correct the answer if you can. Since our editing guidelines say that you should keep edits substantial, but not radically change the meaning of a post, we ...


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You can do this because we allow anyone to make an attempt to make the site a better place. Until you reach 2000 reputation your edits will be community reviewed. This means that a new user cannot simply wander on to the site and start vandalizing everything in sight. If they did then it is likely they would quickly be banned from suggesting edits as well. ...


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Here's the review item. The post is deleted now, so I'll show the results pane here: The edit was automatically rejected with no direct reviewer interaction. If it had been explicitly reviewed from the queue, there would be a "Reject and Edit" line like on this task or a human attached to the Reject line. When there's a pending suggested edit on a post, ...


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Should links and excerpts from relevant documentation be an edit, or should they be a comment, or should they be a separate answer? If this had simply been the case, of modifying the links that were already provided by the author, I suspect your edit would have been approved. However, the answer was already complete, so providing a link that wasn't cited, ...


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TL;DR: Yes, you should edit this information into the post. trespassing on someone else’s questions or answers. That's not the case here though. People will leave comments to add details but forget to edit their question because they don't know that this is what we'd like to see on Stack Exchange.* New users are still often treating our sites like ...


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There was a pending suggested edit on the post. If you have less than 2000 rep, you can suggest edits, but you cannot suggest additional edits to a post that already has pending suggested edits.


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The most important rule of migration is don't migrate crap. So yes, feel free to edit them before you vote to or flag to migrate.


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Is clicking approve and requiring a 2nd users intervention to also approve if I am a 2k user a bug or a feature? Yes, indeed. We require two reviewers to agree on a suggested edit. This is mostly to prevent users from blindly approving everything they see in the suggested edit queue—wouldn't be the first time this happened. It depends on the quality of ...


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