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Why did my edit that fixed several spelling errors get rejected as superfluous?

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](...
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Should users suggest technical edits?

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 ...
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Managing user who edit only tags of several questions

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 ...
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Is a suggested edit that completely rewrites an answer appropriate?

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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Should I perform a duck test when reviewing suggested edits?

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 ...
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How is my edit not considered an improvement?

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 ...
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What are some common "gotchas" associated with moderation activities?

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 ...
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Why did my edit that fixed several spelling errors get rejected as superfluous?

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 ...
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Should I approve edits that only add related links?

yes, there's no harm in approving them provided they link to the official project sites
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Should somewhat trivial edits be rejected if there are a lot of them coming from the same user?

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 ...
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Should there be a limit to the % change to an original post by anonymous edits?

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 ...
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Why were my 2 edits suggesting formatting changes to numbering rejected?

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 ...
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Managing user who edit only tags of several questions

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 ...
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Edit to correct a basic path syntax error in an answer rejected - why?

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 ...
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Should there be a limit to the % change to an original post by anonymous edits?

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 ...
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Should there be a limit to the % change to an original post by anonymous edits?

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 ...
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Is a suggested edit that completely rewrites an answer appropriate?

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 ...
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Should users suggest technical edits?

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 ...
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OP edits the question himself instead of accepting a suggested edit.

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 ...
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When should additional information be an edit vs a comment vs a separate answer?

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 ...
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Why can’t I edit this question but I can still edit others?

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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Why were my 2 edits suggesting formatting changes to numbering rejected?

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, ...
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Why was my edit, correcting a fact, rejected?

As a general concept, editing other people's posts is meant as a tool to help improve them without significantly changing their content - e.g., fixing typos, improving grammar, improving markdown ...
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When should additional information be an edit vs a comment vs a separate answer?

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 ...
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Warn when Approving Edits for Questions On-Hold

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 ...
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OP edits the question himself instead of accepting a suggested edit.

For some context here is what we see when reviewing suggested edits, as you may not be able to see the suggested edit queue yet: There are options to "improve edit" and "reject and edit". This is ...
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Suggested edits still not approved

Please have a little patience: 4 out of 5 of your pending suggested edits are less than 10 hours old. You're lucky not to be on Stack Overflow where edits may take a full week (because the queue is so ...
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Should there be a limit to the % change to an original post by anonymous edits?

As others have noted, blocking edits that are too large can prevent legitimate edits from getting through. Example The real issue is the one described at Improve filtering of spam suggested edits. ...
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Where do I see my rejected suggested edits?

You can use the Stack Exchange Data Explorer to view information like this that the user interface doesn't expose. Here is one query to find a user's rejected edits on SuperUser.
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Question closed and Edit suggestion rejected

Your edit certainly makes the question clearer and more answerable, but it's not certain that the OP intended to mean what you wrote. You're assuming they're entering a list of items sequentially by ...
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