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Is a rescue edit possible for this question?

Two users said they had a rescue edit in mind for this question Ghost, I sheet you not. I'm so ready for Halloween but they didn't follow through with attempting to rescue the question (which is ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

Not that I want to exactly, I just noticed there is no option to edit this question: I do have the edit privilege as of writing - what's going on here?
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What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
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Is changing quotation marks from German style to English style a constructive edit?

Would exchanging quotation marks in the German tradition for conventional English quotation marks be considered a constructive edit on English Language & Usage? This is what I mean by German ...
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Should I edit this problematic question and fold my own somewhat similar question into it, or just ask my question separately?

I'm looking for a word to encompass position, size, and vector in a cartesian plane, their common characteristic being that they're all expressible as a pair of scalar values. This question is ...
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Why can I edit someone else's post?

By accident, I clicked Edit on someone else's post. I saw my error immediately, because I wanted to edit MY post, not someone else's. Then I wondered, why in the world is this site allowing people to ...
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Editorial Questions Regarding the Question about Stealing Non-Rival Goods

Why I am Asking There was a little editorial dispute between me and another user, who was not the original author of the question. The complaintant was requesting clarification from the author, ...
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Reviewing Proposed Edits

I just tried to edit someone's question, and was told that there was already another edit on hold, and that I'd have to wait till that one was reviewed. How do we get the privilege to review proposed ...
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First proposal tag wiki rejected

I added an informative text to a tag which had no excerpt. (click to see the case, should be publicly available) To me this seems a reasonable excerpt which is not superfluous, not harming ...
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How Did I Simultaneously Make Two Identical Revisions?

I was just attempting to edit Why don't many dictionaries list “would= to be willing” to make the information added in revision 5 a little more presentable, and something rather strange happened. ...
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Credit where it is due for edits by another user

A helpful user made some excellent edits to a question I posted on ELU. How do I go about directly thanking the user for transforming an admittedly poorly formed question into topic of a great deal ...
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Did I edit too much?

Since obtaining my shiny-new edit privileges, I have been a bit worried of editing too much, too often. This is particularly the case with this question, where a user (with a high reputation on ...
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Can't edit to change “code” format to “quote” format

I noticed a post that formatted an example sentence as preformatted (monospace) text, rather than as a block quote. I tried to change it, but couldn't, because "edits must be at least 6 characters." ...
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Does the massive edit to “Playing sports - does swimming count?” really “clarfiy the English question”? If so, for whom?

Sasha asked Playing sports - does swimming count? and indicated her own difficulties with what the question was asking, i.e., (a) I am a professional swimmer, (b) playing sports implies team sports, (...
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What happens when I roll back an edit that was approved from the queue?

A low-rep user changed a link in one of my answers from a PDF (with warning), which contains the actual text, to the website from whence one can download the PDF. It's nice to have that link, but I ...
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Is it correct to change the title of a question that is broader than the actual question asked, and as such actually asks a different question?

I made a change to this question's title today because it clearly asked a question that was different to the actual question the OP asked in the (more expansive and specific) body of their question. ...
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How to deal with a significant substantive error in an otherwise good answer by an absentee answerer?

ScotM was an active (and top-notch) participant at this site for about seven months (December 2014–July 2015), but he last answered a question at EL&U on July 20, 2015, and his profile lists him ...
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How to prevent automatic downvotes on an answer after editing it?

I frequently flesh out answers from new users; adding relevant dictionary definitions, links and usage examples. Almost every time I do that, the answer immediately gets a -1 score. Some new users ...
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Feeling bashful about approving edits to a moderators's question

Recently, as a newbie editor, I found myself in the uncomfortable position of being asked to approve an edit to a post from a contributor of long standing (actually a moderator). The suggested edit ...
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Explaining edits in the post

Should "Edit: " be used in posts when edited by the original poster? Example: How spooky are the skeletons? (Edit: spelled skeletons wrong) It would make more sense, at least to me, exclude these ...
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What should be done with “Another” vs “other”?

So I noticed that there is a bit of an editing dispute between Rathony and CuriousDanii regarding the question "Another" vs "other" regarding which version of the question should ...
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Why is this mangled edit “community”?

https://english.stackexchange.com/revisions/123246/4 The title was changed from the OP's Is it rude to say "Thanks for asking"? to Is it okay to ask“ Thank you for asking” I was about to ...
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Should I edit my question if the answers indicate that it was the wrong question?

I recently asked this question, Why are names abbreviated in certain books?, and it is clear from the comments and answers that I actually asked the wrong question (i.e., the question should really be ...
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Is five-minute grace (window) time gone for editing questions and answers?

I have experienced it a few times in editing a question, and I have just found an example. https://english.stackexchange.com/posts/333008/revisions As far as I understand, your edits, no matter how ...
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What's being revised here?

See the revision history of this answer: https://english.stackexchange.com/posts/326031/revisions 7 revisions (so far) and nothing has been added or removed. What's happening there?
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How does one contact an editor?

I've noticed some users with editing privileges make a lot of edits that are either unnecessary or go beyond what is outlined in the Help Center. (Sometimes I think it wouldn't hurt to either raise ...
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When a question is interesting but too 'loose', is it better to edit it even if you need to guess, or to vote to close it?

Consider the following question on the main site representative of the questions of interest here: Is the verb "cast" in acting, metalworking and programming the same verb? In essence, I ...
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What is the point in editing answers to add a single space to the first line?

This is an example: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/160154/70861 The answer was edited to add a single space ahead of the first line. Does this serve any purpose? The main issue, from my point ...
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Editing questions that will probably be closed or downvoted anyway

My question is about whether there's any point in editing a question where you can see clear points for improvement but still feel that the question lacks the sufficient research/examples to give a ...
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Should there be a limit on the number of edits a single post generates?

I'm not referring to a post being edited between five and ten times by their owner. I'm referring to posts that have been edited over thirty times in the space of one day. There used to be a time ...
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Edit rejected: is it possible to respond to this?

The rejection of edits seems to be final. Isn't it possible to argue the case? I have my own rejected edit in mind — suggested edit to: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive ...
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What should we do about question titles containing vulgar words?

After "What is the difference between 'tits' and 'boobs'?" being censored, it's the turn of "What does 'suck it up ho' means?" to be sanitized. I think we need to come to a consensus. So, what should ...
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What does “Edit removed during grace period” mean?

I found this phrase on one of the edits that I made today. What does "Edit removed during grace period" mean? Does it mean that the OP is on kind of suspension and (s)he is not allowed to edit? I ...
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Does a single typo warrant an edit?

If I see one typo in something, should I edit it? Or does this behavior border on pedantry? An example: "clohes" instead of "clothes." I ask because sometimes I see a typo in a post, but I hesitate ...
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“Edits” That Change the OP's Meaning

In July, I answered a post about a comma (Using "which" without a comma) The user accepted my answer and the question disappeared. Last night, edits to the question change the tone of this ...
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OP was credited for my edit

Very strange. A few minutes ago, I made an edit to a question. I added the hyperlink to a Wikipedia definition (for sourcing) and slightly changed formatting. Here is my revision (#2): https://...
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What's up with all these dictionary reference edits?

I usually copy the google definition for common words, or link it if I'm using a specific dictionary. But do all word definition answers need to have a dictionary reference link?
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Name & Shame: Top users who don't vote, edit or use the review queues

I think we normally consider a user's reputation to be a fairly faithful representation of a user's value for this site. But it isn't enough. Valuable users of this site post good questions and ...
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Is there a happy medium for editing of post formatting?

This question arose from What are the commonly accepted guidelines specific to this site (2015)?. User A has a strong aesthetic ideal of what posts should look like, in terms of colors, bold, ...
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How do I flag an inappropriate edit?

I'd like to bring an edit to the attention of the moderators. How do I do that? I know how to flag a question, an answer and a comment, but not an edit. (I don't want to get into an edit war.)
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Should you make an aggressive edit on a post that already has answers?

In this question Is there a word for someone or something that literally defies the laws of physics? The question was initially badly phrased asking for words meaning something that really does defy ...
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Query decision to reject edit request

Pass me by My edit was rejected by @Tushar Raj and @Choster, on the grounds that it deviated from the original intent of the post. I would like someone else to review their decision, as in my ...
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Why are anonymous users allowed to propose edits?

(This question didn't have a satisfactory answer) I've been seeing edits that are increasingly vulgur. Here's the latest: I was wondering: is there a reason you're not required to create an account ...
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In the review queue, getting lots of edits as attempts to reply by an anonymous user.

Lately, I'm seeing lots of attempts to reply by anonymous user. I strongly suspect it's just one anonymous user who's responsible. How can we handle this?
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How can we encourage more folks to edit?

My question is simple: how can we get more people to edit postings so they look better? There are badges, but it doesn’t seem to work: Awarded Badge Name Type ======= ================== =...
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When (if ever) is it justifiable for an editor to change the entire body of a question while retaining the question title?

The issue comes up in the case of The meaning of the American idiom "pot calling the kettle black" which has just been placed on hold as being off-topic because the body of the question ...
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Why does an edit have to be at least 6 characters? [duplicate]

The 6-character minimum requirement for edits means that you can't fix spelling errors in a post. What is the reasoning behind this?
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Should I flag a poor answer as not an answer?

I don't know the answer to this question. I'm torn on the abilities I now have and know I can edit an answer, flag an answer, and downvote an answer (or ignore). I don't really want to flag ...
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Editing policy for responses to Questions: should we allow the edit to change the response?

I am aware that we already have this question about editing OP posts, but I would like to raise a similar issue about editing answers to the OP. I recently had a response edited in this thread, where ...
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Why can't I edit these closed questions?

I opened up the untagged tag to clear it out. I came across two question that I could not edit: Help with this strange wording “…on the wrong side of God” [closed] What is “Development of ...