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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It depends probably more on the answers than the question. Questions should only be broadened in scope if the answers that are given, or can be given, are equally applicable. This requires that the user still gets the same, good answers he'd have gotten if the question were unchanged. That's why users add their particular situation (e.g. OS used, or ...


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Is there software that runs on SuperUser No, there isn't - though you can always do a site specific search on Google. FYI the question was edited by a user, Nifle - he isn't a site admin or a Moderator. Super User is a collaboratively edited site and quite a lot of users often help in improving the site quality by reviewing posts. It's not "strange" that ...


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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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That's absolutely fine to do. Here's what's wrong with rants: They distract from the actual content of a post They offer a possibility for off-topic discussion and flamewars. They make you look unprofessional. In the long run, they make us – as a site – look unprofessional. We don't want that. So, if you can, always remove rants. Be nice. In this case, ...


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When a suggested edit is approved, the user who suggested it gets +2 reputation. The regular daily reputation cap applies, and the total cap is 1,000. Like any other reputation, the +2 is deleted if the edited post is ever deleted. Source So since your rep is below 2000, you get +2 for each suggested edit which is approved. There is a hard limit of 1,000 ...


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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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The training wheels are off now. Hopefully you learned something from the rejections, but if not... If you start making a bunch of edits that are seen as unhelpful or abusive... ...Then the consequences can include having all of your privileges suspended. Normally of course, it wouldn't come to this. Edits you make now will be immediately visible to other ...


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The pdf tag wiki was deleted at some point and any attempts to reach the main edit page would redirect back to its /info page, even for moderators. How was it deleted? There was a hole in our permission checks - moderators were allowed to pretty much delete anything, including tag wikis (although, this is not exposed in the UI currently). The gates have ...


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