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If someone provides a good edit to my post, what is the proper way to provide feedback or thank that person? Is it necessary? I do not yet have enough rep to edit other posts, and expect that I will be reluctant to do so other than typos and minor edits, so I expect some positive feedback on an edit would surely be welcome.

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Don't thank me. Often I edit for my own sanity. I just can't stand to see "it's" for "its" or "there" for "their." It hurts me. I'd doing myself a favor. –  Nosredna Jul 30 '09 at 19:57
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@Nodredna: Its a good thing their are so many of us like myself whom are physically injured by bad grammar! –  XMLbog Jul 30 '09 at 20:00
    
Cash gifts. What 15 characters? –  Kevin Montrose Jul 30 '09 at 20:01
    
@Welbog: Its grammer! Your not smrt. Also... where's the interrobang key on the keyboard? –  devinb Jul 30 '09 at 20:39
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@Nosredna: I wish I could edit "I'd" to "I'm" in your comment. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 21:10
    
Crap. I wish I could edit that, too. ;-) –  Nosredna Jul 30 '09 at 23:06
    
Hi William (Bill?), I recently just edited one of your answers, and its being discussed here. I'd love to know what your opinion is here, favorable or not. And, of course (?), please feel free to revert or modify as you see fit! –  Geoff Nixon Apr 26 at 16:36
    
@GeoffNixon That's a pretty significant edit! I think you actually should write that as a different answer, since you've added significantly more than I took the time to write. Well written, though. Thanks for taking the effort. –  William Pursell Apr 26 at 19:32

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Speaking as someone who edits a lot, I don't need thanks, and I don't want to clutter up the comments with such thanks. Frankly, as long as you aren't rolling back my edits because you insist your mangled version was better, you've already thanked me.

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Send him a thank-you basket filled with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer. Editors love those.

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...and a roll of antacid tablets...and some breath mints. Please. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 30 '09 at 18:50
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@Bill, you could have put that in an edit to the answer... –  akf Jul 30 '09 at 18:55
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That's all well and good to propose, but what am I supposed to do, include my address in all of my answers? If that's the case, then the system should do it for me! Hmmm, I smell a feature request. –  Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 19:15
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+1 for sauerkraut –  XMLbog Jul 30 '09 at 19:31
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+1 for beer. I would edit even more. –  GEOCHET Jul 31 '09 at 11:57

Just leave a comment thanking the editor for cleaning up the question, it's the only way really.

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You should go edit and improve one of their questions or answers.

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A thing you could do, related to this question is find a post of their's at 9 upvotes or something like that, and so long as you think it is a good answer, you could upvote them there. I wouldn't encourage upvoting a bad answer, but I completely understand the desire to show your appreciation.

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-1 for voting for a question or answer because of the user rather than because of the content of the question or answer. That's not what voting is for and I would consider this to be abuse. –  XMLbog Jul 30 '09 at 19:33
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@Welbog, I wouldn't suggest voting for a bad question or answer, but if you want to "thank" someone, I believe it is acceptable, to go to their profile page and find a question/answer worth voting for to show your "gratitude". –  Timothy Carter Jul 30 '09 at 19:36

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