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What is a polite way to ask users to rephrase their question, if they keep reverting your edits?

I'm not going to post a link to the instance I'm referring to, as I would like to avoid a giant crapshoot.

What are the methods you use to politely correct users that make you think "What in the sane hell were you thinking?"?

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Closing their question to stem the barrage of answerers who then froth at the wrong angle hinted at the first draft seems polite and helpful –  random Oct 29 '12 at 16:19
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Welcome to Stack Overflow. This question is extremely hard to understand. Please make it clearer how you want to parse HTML with regular expressions. Thanks! –  Pëkka Oct 29 '12 at 16:19
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@random closing questions rarely, if ever, actually help teach people how to improve on SO. –  Grammar Oct 29 '12 at 16:21
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@azulflame: only because they're too lazy or ignorant to read the notice and subsequently follow-up with the FAQ...or look at the millions of un-closed questions for examples of not-horrible questions. –  user7116 Oct 29 '12 at 16:24
    
@azulflame - [citation needed] –  Jack Maney Oct 29 '12 at 17:05
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Whatever you do, don't use "fixed grammer" as an edit description. For Cthulhu's sake, it's grammar. Also don't add stuff like "EDIT: did this" to the post itself, that's what the edit description is there for. –  NullUserException อ_อ Oct 29 '12 at 17:07
    
@Pekka he comes –  mikeTheLiar Oct 29 '12 at 18:46

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First off, if I make a significant edit to a question I'll leave a comment explaining the purpose for my edit and what I changed. This can often help alleviate the feeling of "someone ninja-hacked my question!" that I occasionally see.

Second, if the OP decides to revert the edit, that's their choice, so I just move on.

If I feel what I had in my edit really needs to be said, then I'll leave it in a comment, but what I absolutely do not do is re-implement my edit. The OP obviously disagreed with the edit because they reverted it, and it's their question, not mine.

You tried your best to help out, and your help wasn't appreciated, so move on and help someone else :)

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You left out the bit about downvoting for reverting your edit. ;) –  Bill the Lizard Oct 29 '12 at 17:02
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@BilltheLizard Pffft what do you think this is, meta?? I reserve my downvotes on the main site for questions that are truly terrible :) –  Rachel Oct 29 '12 at 17:12

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