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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 fair to anyone involved, including yourself. So, in the future, try to avoid that. If you're concerned that your writing style involves too many irrelevant ...


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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 issues, then go ahead and make the edit, including the quotes. If that's the only issue, it's not worth it.


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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 plenty of time and opportunity to incorporate the suggested change. Since they have not been available, doing it for them now seems like 'the neighborly thing to ...


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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 applicable. Google definitions all come from a dictionary. Not always the same dictionary. That Google do not properly reference their sources is simply bad ...


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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 attention to how it evolved, but I recognize that occasionally a big fat marker calling for a second look and re-evaluation of the question can be helpful. For ...


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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 experienced and well-informed editors point out in comments above, once you're in for the typo, you might as well clean up some of the other shortcomings of the post as ...


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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 answer? The amount of change is not in and of itself determinative of whether an edit is correct or not. You ask "what is the purpose of an edit [...]?" This ...


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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 comment frequently, others not so much. Some are more confrontational, others are more encouraging. Some vote harshly, others more gently; some vote ...


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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 & Usage I did not touch, not even a single bit, the part of your answer that was actually an answer to the question. I simply removed the vast chunk of it &...


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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. Often a question that shows little command of English asks something that even an intermediate English language learner would consider exceedingly simple—or ...


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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 alone, and the question body made it clear that the question was more specific than the title made it appear. Your revised title was more specific, and in keeping ...


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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 rambling. It could have been boiled down to What do you call a frustrating and inexplicable ending? I was really disappointed by the series finale of Dexter. The ...


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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 up for that. I have a limited amount of time to spend on this site (usually weekend mornings and school holidays such as today), and I prefer to use most of ...


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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 substantive edit you made led to the following change, where "provide templates" simply echoes existing terminology from the question: while A4 is both in Word and ...


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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 Yoichi Oishi is also a relatively restrained voter, but he's so popular that we've chosen him to be one of our site mods. TL;DR: There are many ways to "support" ...


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Rolling back the edit is your best bet. That's what the functionality's for, after all. The extra things you can do are to comment your roll back and your answer explaining how ACL is pronounced.


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Technically, acronyms are a kind of abbreviation. So the edit isn't incorrect. It does not seem to be warranted, however. I'd just roll it back if it were my post. If the editor comes back and changes it again, maybe discuss it in the chat room, or flag it for a moderator's attention.


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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 @ reply to ping the editor, who will be pinged even if the editor has not left any comments or answers.


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I'm pretty sure that there is no point, and that this should not be happening.


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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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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, where it's clear that the original poster is still active on this site and able to decide whether or not to accept the edit. I think the third option is best: ...


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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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If you copy something you must reference it. Here's a moderator's comment to an answer deleted earlier this month: This entire answer seems to be a verbatim quote from Cambridge Dictionaries. Mods are instructed to delete on sight without further warning any content that is not properly attributed. Moreover, if a question is sufficiently answered by a ...


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As you've had only one edit suggestion rejected, it's not difficult to find the question referred to and the details of the rejected edit. Your proposed amendment was to change: Is there a word for someone who really has their act together to Is there a word for someone who really has his/her act together ? You will see that it was rejected ...


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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 OP is asking about. It's not his long-standing view; it's a view presented by Microsoft's software. While the omission of that information doesn't change the ...


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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 be inconvenienced if the sense of the question changed. I also second Josh61's comment that the OP should not invalidate existing answers. Otherwise, there's no ...


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@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 attention to the question (gaming the system, so to speak), it can be something to look into. If the OP is self-conscious about their English and notices errors, ...


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I've gone and read the revisions, starting at the original. My thoughts went as follows: I read the original question. I was confused as to what was available in what format. I read your edit (revision 2). I found it to be a lot clearer, and worried that you'd set it to your own interpretation, which might be wrong. I went back and re-read the original. And ...


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The proposed edit would have removed I think it's passed me by, but I'm not sure. resulting in Should I say he passed me by, or he passed by me? Thanks. We receive a crushing load of "which is right" and "is this correct" questions, almost all of which are of substandard quality such as this one. As one of the guidelines for asking a good ...


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