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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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See if there's anything else worth fixing in the post. Are there any spelling errors? Acronyms missing explanation? Capitalization issues? Could you add a little formatting to make it easier to read? Are there links to provide context? If your answer to all of these questions is "no" (and it rarely is), and the post really needs to be edited, then you ...


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A code block is what you used to quote the error message above. I am a code block. My text contents are printed *verbatim* in a typewriter font. New lines are printed just like in the source text. To create me, indent every like with 4 leading spaces, or select some text and click the button labeled "{}" I am a quote. I support highlighting and use a ...


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The edit wasn't only about whitespace. It corrected two things: Anything that's not a shell command or some kind of code should not be in backticks. The Erase free space should have probably been Erase free space or "Erase free space". Folks really don't like to see this, as it distracts from the content and is just syntactically wrong. Unit suffixes should ...


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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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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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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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