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I see that you tried again, and your suggestion was approved this time.  But, please, when you see a non-inlined image like [enter image description here][1] don’t change it to![image description](image URL) change it to[![image description][1]][1] so a user can click on the image displayed in the Super User page and go directly to the image on i.stack....


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Imagine how bad Wikipedia would be if original article authors always rejected or rolled back helpful, correct edits made by contributors. It's amusing but sad to think of an equivalent to SE answers on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese/User1'sPointOfViewOnCheese https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese/User2'sPointOfViewOnCheese ... https://en....


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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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We can't merge accounts any more. We basically use a duck test + a quick look at whatever PII we have, and pass it up to a CM. There's nothing that a regular user can do. In many cases I actually suggest OP request a merge themselves just to ensure they're aware of it. There's been cases of folks creating what seemed like a endless stream of new unregistered ...


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As suggested by fixer1234 in the comments here, it appears that the original answerer wanted to make a direct quotation of his source without editing or improving it at all. I for one can see the value of improving on content we pull from external sources, and just leaving the external source there as a place for folks to go if they want to see the original (...


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Flagging Don't flag answers as "not an answer" unless they don't attempt to answer the question at all. If an answer post at least tries to answer the question, don't flag it, even if it is factually incorrect. Instead, you should downvote the answer. The "very low quality" flag should be reserved for genuinely unsalvagsable posts. If an answer can be made ...


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Reject them. As Ramhound pointed out, a new solution should be a new answer. Editing an existing answer to add an alternative solution, however good or correct it may be, is not acceptable.


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Check out the official FAQ on "how do suggested edits work," specifically the section on "What does the "Improve" button do." When the reviewer marks the edit as helpful: The change history records the suggested edit and the improved edit as separate events. The original editor still gets +2 reputation for their suggestion. When the ...


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Spelling and grammar edits are always useful and should be encouraged, not rejected for not being more substantive. If someone is willing to take the time to make the content here more readable, we shouldn't throw away their effort just because there is more that could have been done to the post. I do understand the impulse of the reviewer. Because low-rep ...


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Very minor edits are often frowned upon because they don't do "enough", but as long as they improve the post somewhat, I never understood why they are problematic for anything but the most significant posts on the site. The biggest gripe people tend to have is when a post is riddled with severe problems, and someone takes time to submit an edit suggestion, ...


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yes, there's no harm in approving them provided they link to the official project sites


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Sometimes someone will post a code snippet with no explanation or a link to something that's useful with nothing else. These answers are useful if expanded upon. Depending on the length of the original and the length of the additional information, this could easily exceed 50% increase in character count. 85% or 90% isn't unheard of for justifiable edits. ...


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Probably a few reasons. The reasons why I would have rejected them are, in no particular order: The edits were trivial and neither clarified nor substantively improved the answers The paragraphs you edited were not long enough to warrant breaking into two parts Numbered lists work best as a list of steps to follow. You used them as little more than ...


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A few points: On SE, we don't have anything against "anonymous users". We believe that users' contributions should be accepted optimistically, unless we have a specific reason to suspect a particular user of bad behavior. Since anonymous users are anonymous, we can't expect or anticipate anything of their behavior. Some people may think this gives them an ...


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Here are some downsides I see to this: Although this would stop some spam, there are still ways around it. The point of the review process is to filter out stuff like this, it showing up in the review que doesn't hurt. There is always a chance that it will block a good edit It wouldn't be very had to make an account to spam like this


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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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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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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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The edit suggestion changes c:\\foo.txt to c:\\test1\\foo.txt to demonstrate that directories need to have their backslashes escaped as well. The reviewers likely thought that it was already clear that all backslashes, regardless of what they're delimiting, have to be doubled up to be escaped. In that light, the edit looked like it was just using a different ...


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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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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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While I agree with Oliver, editing an answer to give a small variation of an existing solution might be acceptable. For example, if I answer a bash question and my solution does not deal with file name with spaces, I would consider an edit that adds a similar approach that can deal with spaces correct. If the new solution is completely different, then yes, ...


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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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Edits should substantially improve posts. From Privileges - edit questions and answers - Super User Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged - try to make the post significantly better when you edit, correcting all problems that you observe. Please also note than when you make an edit suggestion multiple other users have to review and approve/reject your ...


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I'm in the habit of editing answers to add links to this relevant content whenever I find myself googling something in the answer. Oh, for goodness's sake, don't do this. I see the point of editing answers as a way to correct a problem, such as a lack of clarity in what was written. Adjusting HTML markup and fixing spelling errors at the same time may be ...


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You did change the meaning of the post. From: Will the video card (GT720M) on the laptop perform better (…) ? To: Can the video card handle the higher resolutions? (…) why isn't it doing so by default? That's not what the OP asked, so they were in the right position to reject your edit: Honestly, I don't see anything "crap" here. If you can ...


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This happens when people write answers using cookie based accounts, if you lose the cookie then you become completely disenfranchised from the account. People usually figure out that this happened because they didn't register, go ahead and do so and then contact us for merging if the system didn't catch on. Fun fact: There was once a user on Stack Overflow ...


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From my edit to this answer: If a question is on hold and the suggested edit does not completely resolve the reason for the question being put on hold, you should Reject the edit. This is a guideline I added to my answer there that attempts to lay out general rules for how to decide on approving/rejecting trivial edits. I'm not expecting most people to ...


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