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Is changing quotation marks from German style to English style a constructive edit?

In and of itself, yes it is constructive. The "German" quotation mark style is not used in any version of English that I know of. However, it's not a substantive edit. If there are other formatting ...
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Editing policy for responses to Questions: should we allow the edit to change the response?

This edit raises two issues: No, it doesn't. You raised those issues. But you raised them in a way that took the focus off of you and started a big argument about tangential topics. That's not really ...
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Is editing a very old answer of one's own OK?

Go, make your posts better! The people deserve the best posts! There are only a few cases where you shouldn't edit to improve an old post (neither of which seems relevant here): You're replacing the ...
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How to deal with a significant substantive error in an otherwise good answer by an absentee answerer?

I would say that taking matters into your own hands is appropriate at this point. You found a factual error (and have attributions to back it up), you notified the original author, you gave them ...
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Does a single typo warrant an edit?

I come from a background in copy editing, so (not surprisingly) I think that a post with the word clothes in it is significantly better than a post with the word clohes in it. And as several ...
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Explaining edits in the post

I generally feel the same as what Dan Bron said in his comment: I prefer that new or changed material be integrated seamlessly into the original post so that it can stand alone instead of calling ...
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What's up with all these dictionary reference edits?

If you have copy/pasted a definition from somewhere, or simply copied it from a printed book, you must reference where you got the definition as well as providing a link back to the source where ...
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Name & Shame: Top users who don't vote, edit or use the review queues

Voting can be a charged issue. It can hurt feelings. Some people opt to stay above the fray. Some people simply aren't comfortable making judgement calls. The community is made up of all types. Some ...
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Editing policy for responses to Questions: should we allow the edit to change the response?

The Immediate Issue As deleting 90+% of a post is without a doubt changing the nature and content of the response, what is the purpose of an edit: tidy up the language and formatting, or change the ...
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How to deal with someone that edits their post from time to time just to bump the question to top?

I probably edit my own old posts more frequently than anyone else at this site does theirs. Before posting a new question or answer, I read it over for obvious mistakes—but in my experience it is ...
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Editing policy for responses to Questions: should we allow the edit to change the response?

I removed that content because it: added nothing to the question, which was a question about English Language & Usage added nothing to this website, which is a website about English Language &...
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Editing questions that will probably be closed or downvoted anyway

To me, the awkward thing about editing a very poorly worded question that is a bad fit for EL&U anyway is the disparity between the voice of the revised question and the level of the question. ...
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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?

The original title by the OP was ungrammatical and pointless. JonMarkPerry's edited title was grammatical but not as specific as it could be. No-one should have been answering based on the title ...
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Editing policy for responses to Questions: should we allow the edit to change the response?

The edit removed the tangential speculation about how TV shows are written and why endings suck which was completely and 100% off-topic. In fact, the Question itself contained lots of off-topic ...
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Name & Shame: Top users who don't vote, edit or use the review queues

I hang my head as one of the named and shamed. Admittedly, I hadn't realized that amassing a certain number of points also meant that I had amassed a certain number of duties. I don't remember signing ...
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How to deal with someone that edits their post from time to time just to bump the question to top?

I am the author of A better word than 'cathouse' for an outside shelter for 1 cat. I am a writer, but I have also worked as an editor on a few publications. As a regular participant here on EL&U, ...
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Name & Shame: Top users who don't vote, edit or use the review queues

John Lawler, for example, has a much lower ratio of votes cast relative to reputation earned than most high-rep users. But he's undoubtedly one of the most valued and knowledgeable users here. And ...
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What is the point in editing answers to add a single space to the first line?

ab2 explained that they edited it in order to reverse a downvote. A questionable move, but it does sometimes serve a purpose.
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Feeling bashful about approving edits to a moderators's question

I can see why you might feel uncomfortable approving such an edit. But I would also say you shouldn't reject a proposed edit that conforms to the site guidelines—at least, not in a case like this, ...
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Did I edit too much?

The revisions page shows that the OP added Revision 3 after your Revision 2, without rolling back your edits. This indicates that your editing hadn't gone "too far" in the OP's view. The actual ...
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How does one contact an editor?

Massimo Ortolano posted this link in the comments, which provides details about how the @replies operate: How do comment @replies work? The best practice is to comment on the edited post and use the ...
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What is the point in editing answers to add a single space to the first line?

I'm pretty sure that there is no point, and that this should not be happening.
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First proposal tag wiki rejected

The Twentieth Century ran from 1901–2000, not from 1900–1999. :)
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Why can't I edit this question?

There was probably a pending edit. I think the mobile templates don't show that there's a pending edit, just hiding the edit text entirely.
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Is it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

Good question, the general guidance in this case is to not edit the post. Looking at the answer below it's different; you stumbled upon a suggested edit adding spam and inadvertently approved/improved ...
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"Edits" That Change the OP's Meaning

I concur. The information about Microsoft Word's grammar checker is important and I have restored that. It provides the information about where the premise for the question actually lies and what the ...
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Should there be a limit on the number of edits a single post generates?

For answers, it's more straightforward - edit it as much as necessary, so long as it gets better each time. For questions, it's technically the same. However, people who are composing answers would ...
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How to deal with someone that edits their post from time to time just to bump the question to top?

Improving posts by editing is always regarded as desirable on Stack Exchange, regardless of whether the improvements are minor or substantial. A minor improvement is still an improvement. If one finds ...
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Should there be a limit on the number of edits a single post generates?

@Lawrence has already stated what I would have answered, but I'll add this: Does it hurt the site in any way? Yes, it puts it at the top again. I think if the user does this, say, to draw more ...
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