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What can we do to stop bad edits getting accepted?

There seems to be a trend recently to "italicise" words like in this suggested edit for example.

Using italic to highlight something specific makes sense, but using it for all the libraries, tools, services etc. seems unnecessary, if not counterproductive.

Is it only me? Should we reject those edits as too minor? Invalid?

Are there any formatting guidelines?

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Ick. That's all I can say. –  Martijn Pieters Jul 25 '12 at 10:06
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Which is worse, that or the non-strategic bolding? –  jonsca Jul 25 '12 at 10:08
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If it's italic, it must be sexy. Oh là là! –  Pëkka Jul 25 '12 at 10:14
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I have edited the post to remove the italics –  ChrisF Jul 25 '12 at 10:25
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It's stackoverflow.com/users/1369235/hims056 - he's provided endless edits changing keywords to italics. –  ThePower Jul 25 '12 at 10:36
    
Yeah, we were talking about that just the other day. –  Time Traveling Bobby Jul 25 '12 at 10:41
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Is there anything we can do to educate those who received the privilege to evaluate suggested edits? Because I don't see a way to poke them at the moment with something like "Hey, you accepted this, but you really want to reject this the next time because of..." –  Bart Jul 25 '12 at 11:20
    
The "italian" user has 4 out his 6 recent suggestions rejected, hopefully he will get 7 days ban soon from suggesting new edits and finally try to figure out why. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '12 at 11:23
    
@Bart - make that a separate feature-request –  ChrisF Jul 25 '12 at 11:23
    
@ChrisF Yeah, I might a bit later on when I have some time. But I have no clue yet how not to let that end up in a mess. –  Bart Jul 25 '12 at 11:26
    
@Bart - agreed. Some sort of flag on the suggested edit page? If N people subsequently flag as "invalid" then it's treated as a reject wrt to the auto ban? –  ChrisF Jul 25 '12 at 11:27
    
@ChrisF Yeah, but then the suggested edits should hang around for a while even after acceptance/rejection for them to be evaluated somehow. To evaluate the evaluated so to say... –  Bart Jul 25 '12 at 11:29
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@Bart - I felt like it - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/141100/… –  ChrisF Jul 25 '12 at 11:43
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Argh, why the title edit? I trained myself to search Meta for "pretty" when I needed to find this post, and now it doesn't work anymore. @razlebe –  Pops Aug 15 '12 at 18:18
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Invalid. Adding italics to random words seems to be a new trend (or is it just that one guy?). I've just rejected a bunch of them, though I seem to have been too late for many. This is a variation from the many suggestions that add code markup to random words. Or abuse bold markup.

Use that Reject button!

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Very true, I also reject tons of those hoping the one who suggested will take a look in the rejection reason and learn from his mistake. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 25 '12 at 11:20
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I agree with @Gilles of course: random italic and bold text is bad. Reject edits diligently, please :-). On a more general note:


For some reason even the markdown help speaks of italic and bold. However, the Stack Exchange engine knows better, and translates this nicely to <em>phasized and <strong>ly emphasized.

Emphasis is meant to make something stand out in a post, thus improving readability of the post. Removing- and especially adding emphasis to someone else's post seems hard, but is in many cases very reasonable... and in many it's not. I trust those with enough rep and powers to (dis)approve edits, using their (in this case probably often subjective) judgement wisely to reject or approve on a case by case basis.

Suggestion: Having said that, it would be nice if the markdown help mentions that italics and bold translate to certain levels of emphasis, and are meant for just that: emphasis.

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Unfortunately there are far too many high-rep users who accept edits where the emphasis is completely unnecessary or wrong and does nothing to help the post. Just now I had to once again edit such a case after it got accepted right in front of me. :s –  Bart Jul 25 '12 at 11:15
    
@Bart Aye, and like I said in the first bit of my post: rejecting bad edits is a good thing. But given that it apparently is the SE "Summer of Love" I figured I'd also add some thoughts and a suggestion on how we can spread the word a bit more, and get those editors "in" on our rules and how we'd like to see bold and italics used. –  Jeroen Jul 25 '12 at 13:34
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