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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 content instead of building on it (for example, on a single word request, deleting the original word you suggested and replacing it). Nondestructive edits are ...


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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 almost impossible to perform a high-quality edit of my own writing immediately after having written it. I don't know whether the problem is mental fatigue, ...


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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, I often need to switch hats to provide good posts. Production is a creative process, while 'Editing' is almost always a post-production effort. Anyone that ...


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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 it objectionable that every edit bumps the question to the top of the front page, one should criticise the feature of the Stack Exchange format that makes such ...


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If we assume this is what the OP meant, That is what should have been done. Despite the poor syntax, we have Can someone tell me where this word comes from? I can’t see that there is much that is unclear about that. It is not a matter of whether or not the OP comes back – EL&U is creating a reference source, so, for what it’s worth: The word starts in ...


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