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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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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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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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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 style ...
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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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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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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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Is it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

I've just edited a one-sentence question. After editing, I clicked on the link in the body of the question. It led to a survey posted on the web site of a large fast-food chain: nothing to do with the ...
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Editing questions: Good practice to bold key phrase or sentence in example?

In this question the OP wrote a lengthy example, hidden in which was a longish sentence that illustrated his question. Diverse fields such as medicine, sociology, and marketing require the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Titles that do not describe the question properly should be edited

Before asking my latest question, I searched for "compound sentence conjunction". Most of the questions' title were so uninformative that I had to click through each time to know whether my question ...
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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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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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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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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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[Etiquette]Edit our answer with information from another answer?

I made an answer for Appropriate preposition to go with "concerned", and noted that although I acknowledged that for could be used, I didn't knew in which context. In the meantime, Dan Ray ...
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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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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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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 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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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 to do about incorrect edits?

In my answer here I used the word acronym to describe the term ACL, which is a term formed from the first letters of the words Access Control List and is pronounced ā'si'ɛl. According to Difference ...
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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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Is editing a very old answer of one's own OK?

One of my old answers has been nagging at me — probably too much time for thought during the pandemic. It needs expansion, not so much with the English but about the context, which is archaic Greek ...
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Is the edit queue full?

I ask because I am not seeing an edit link on posts here on Meta.English. If it's not, why can't I suggest edits on Meta.English? I can do it on the main English.SE site.
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What should be done about in-answer or in-question greetings?

I have seen a few questions or answers with "Hello!" or "Hi!" in them. Is it safe to ignore these or should I edit them out? And, since they are new users, is there a tactful way to respond while ...
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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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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 ...
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Don't show the “Edit Summary” field the first time a post is edited within the grace period

When you edit a post within the 5 minutes period, the new edit is not considered a new edit, and a new revision is not created. If you just created a post, and then you edit it before 5 minutes are ...
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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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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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Number of users who edit a question and CW questions

I am used to the fact that when 5 different users edit a question, that is automatically changed to a CW question. Is this still valid? Does the number of editors include also the OP?
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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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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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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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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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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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Is any grammar edit to the title really too trivial for EL&U?

I agree with the policy on trivial edits, but is a title edit for grammar too trivial for EL&U? Hypothetically - should the web site host questions with grammar that might be construed as ...
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Should we limit the number of edits per day on old questions?

Editing a question has the effect of bumping it on top of the front page. Should we limit the number of edits done on old questions? Bumping forty old questions in the front page has just the effect ...
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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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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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Should I edit a question to address a new concern or create a new one?

Say, there is "maxim" vs "aphorism" question. I want to know the difference between "tenet" and "maxim". Do I edit the first question, extending it with the new concern, or create a new one?
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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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“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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Editing strictly for style [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What emphasis to use when referring to words? I’m primarily active over on StackOverflow, forgive me if I am unfamiliar with the conventions here. In an answer, I used the ...
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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 ...