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What is the etiquette for changing the substance of a question?

See the revision history of this question, and the revision history of another question.

In the second question, the user gets warned by a moderator to not edit his questions. The moderator restores the former revision on the second question.

But on the first question, the user has done the same, but then a day earlier. I can't restore revisions, so how do I contact a moderator that can?

Can you split someone else's question on his/her behalf in two questions?

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I do not understand the edit. Is this some kind of humor? –  mafu Jul 21 '10 at 11:53
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@mafutrct: It has to do with Paul the Octopus. Didn't Germany forgive him yet? –  Daniel Vassallo Jul 21 '10 at 12:06
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Didn't realize the freaky question title was an edit. WTH? –  Won't Jul 21 '10 at 12:22
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@Will It's Weblog, a well known Meta phenomenon. –  C. Ross Jul 21 '10 at 12:25
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I am not a phenomenon. And stop misspelling my name. –  XMLbog Jul 21 '10 at 12:35
    
This is similar to, if not a duplicate of Exit strategies for "chameleon questions". –  Aarobot Jul 21 '10 at 13:58

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I think the best way to tackle such a case is to flag the moderators for attention. Most probably they will rollback the question, lock it, and throw away the key.

I can't restore revisions, so how do I contact a moderator that can?

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EDIT: Note that with 4k rep, you should be able to rollback other people's posts as well. Just do it when you see something naughty. You'll even get a badge for that.

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That "freehand" circle looks suspiciously smooth and unpixelated. Did you use some fancy photoshop to draw your freehand circles for you? –  devinb Jul 21 '10 at 11:46
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No photoshops. I just have a steady hand... As for the unpixillation, it's probably because I use a Mac :) –  Daniel Vassallo Jul 21 '10 at 11:47
    
@devinb: I smell a tablet and stylus!! ;-) –  Andy E Jul 21 '10 at 12:10
    
/me slaps forehead: never did the association with flag as a verb (only as a noun synonym to banner). @Daniel: thx for the quick answer! –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Jul 21 '10 at 15:21
    
moderator stackoverflow.com/users/1228/will restored a previous version for the first question and locked it. –  Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Jul 21 '10 at 15:23

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