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Mentioning an answerer or commenter name in the question

When amending a question to address a point made in an answer or a comment, is it OK to mentioning the answerer name? (e.g., at the end of the question, "To answer Bob's comment: blah blah blah")
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Suggested edit by OP in the review queue? [duplicate]

I just saw this edit in the Suggested Edits review queue over in Physics, and I'm rather confused as to what's going on. The suggested edit is attributed to the OP - same username, same identicon, ...
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How to handle incomplete answers? (as someone who knows the answer)

A new question pops up on Stack Overflow and gains a little traction in the first few minutes. Two answers were posted. But both are incomplete or partly incorrect*. You know the answer. What do ...
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Notify specific commenters about edit [duplicate]

Sometimes an answer (like this) receives a number of comments of a similar nature and a sensible response is to edit the answer to account for the comments. If you just edit, the commenters get no ...
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How many edits can be made per day? [duplicate]

Once a user has editing privileges, how many edits can a user make per day on posts generally per site? This The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide does not give information about the total limit per day
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Strange greyness over message that was deleted during editing

I have recently noticed that in chat if I post a message, then click on the button to edit it, and then before finishing the edit (that is not clicking cancel nor to put the edit), delete it, it says ...
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Making small edits to my posts all the time bumps them to top; I need to stop, right? [duplicate]

I have a habit of repeatedly editing my own posts. I like to aim for perfection. Partly since the site encourages answering my own questions and treating that like a blog post. I notice this bumps ...
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Failing to Edit only what is necessary [closed]

I need to edit my own question (Could not include codeigniter controller files in external php script) but it doesn't allow me to edit. It displays "you need to edit at least 6 characters" or message ...
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What is considered 'superfluous or actively harming readability' edit and 'deviating from the original intent of the post' edit? [closed]

I suggested an edit to this answer which consists of: Changing W3Schools link to an appropriate W3C one. Changing JSON's formatting from: {"key1" : 0, "key2" : "str"} to: { "key1": 0, ...
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Should I edit an [on-hold] question, and my edit can't get it reopened?

Can I still edit an [on-hold] question, despite my edit can't get it reopened? For example here's a post which is already closed (and I can't find a real example), the code format is wrong. Should I ...
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Wrong answer adopting right answer

I recently answered a question which already was upvoted a little, but had a wrong answer (its comments acknowledged that). The wrong answer then was edited to match in explanation the right answer, ...
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Review bar prevents me from editing posts in low quality queue

The issue is caused by the review bar having fixed position when you scroll. I'm not sure what purpose does that "feature" serve. I am using ad-block for now, the panel is useless anyway, but ...
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Late edits by question askers removes the original content - needs to be added to a review queue

In some rare cases a user will edit their question weeks or months after posting it to remove the original content of their post, maybe for legal or other reasons. Two examples: ...
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Is it good practice to label edits as “Edit”? [duplicate]

Is it recommended to write post edits to the bottom of a question and start them with "EDIT"? Example: EDIT: I tried to do x, y, and z, but they didn't work.
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Please implement an undo-button in the edit-modus

As I am more and more using the app to look on the Stack Exchange sites, and therefore am editing more and more questions or answers with the app, I am also getting more and more frustrated by the ...
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Duplicate edits submitted at nearly the same time both go through [duplicate]

I posted a question a short while ago and accidentally left a few zero-width spaces from a bug I was testing earlier. odnU pointed out my error, and we both made edits to fix it, which you can see in ...
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What to do if I don't agree with an edit to my question? [duplicate]

My question was edited by a user for no reason. Check the edits he did -> http://stackoverflow.com/posts/34507403/revisions. I have rolled back the edit, but is there any guide where I can know what I ...
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In the Android app, my edits aren't visible

When I edit a question or my own comments in the app, after asking to submit the edit I get shown the original, unedited text. This is version 1.0.77 (updated 24 nov 2015) on Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge, ...
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What is the best action after OP rolls back the post to the low quality original?

I edited an answer (improved its format) several times and after that OP pasted back to original post (low quality post) or added one space (he didn't add any value to his answer). What is the best ...
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Unable to up-arrow edit beyond deleted message

It used to be like this which wasn't too bad, but now if I up-arrow, I can go as far as a deleted message, but not further. Even if I post a message after the deleted message, I can go to that, but ...
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iOS-App: cannot modify summary of changes when updating preceding edit (< 5')

When editing a post a second time within 5 minutes, the two edits are going to be merged into a singe one, so the revision increases once only. This works fine for both iOS-App and web version. ...
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Notification when a trivial edit is made on my post

Currently, a user does not get any notification when a trivial edit (less than 6 characters, by a user who has the edit privilege) is made on one of his/her posts. Even though the user is ...
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Marking Edits in Questions and Answers [duplicate]

I am confused about how to mark edits in the current Question or Answer. It seems to me that using EDIT: is a generally accepted standard, but I was not able to find anything "official" about it, as ...
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How is the policy of letting people edit another person's questions justified, under USA law?

Given that Stack Exchange, Inc. is based in the USA, how does it justify the policy of allowing someone to edit another person's question? If someone objects to the grammar, formatting, etc. of a ...
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Why can't we erase actively-harmful usage guidance/wiki excerpts? [duplicate]

If you try to delete a useless usage guidance excerpt, you can't save the edit, because you get an error message that "Wiki Excerpt is missing." No kidding. That's the whole point! Why is the excerpt ...
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Notify commenters of question edits [duplicate]

There's currently an outstanding need: when a question needs clarification, and I'm discussing this with the OP, I receive notifications of their comments, but not edits. And this is despite the ...
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The edit preview screen in the iOS app only shows the top inch of the post's text

After editing a post in the iOS app, the final preview window shows only about an inch of text below the title, rather than the complete post. This began when I downloaded the iOS app version ...
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What do to when the moderation system of a site fails

On Parenting, a moderator has taken it upon themselves to start mass editing answers, blowing away as much as 50% or more of peoples posts because it was deemed that this information "shouldn't be ...
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Closing process and question edit [duplicate]

Questions that do not fit the scope of the respective sites get voted to close, if 5 people voted to close it (and unless 3 voted against), the question get closed. Once it it closed, the OP can edit ...
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What to do if you are sub 2000 rep and your incomplete edit was approved?

I recently suggested an edit to an answer. My suggestion was approved. When I then go back to look at the improved answer, I noticed that there is a small grammatical error as a result of my edit. ...
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Show character change count while editing

While editing the questions or answers of other people, why there is no characters change count? This might be helpful to see whether I changed 6 characters while I am editing rather than knowing ...
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Deleted Answers Edited Post-Mortem Still Move Question Activity

I noticed an issue recently when cleaning up a deleted answer in a question: The activity on the question updated, moving it to the highest position on the "Active Questions" tab. After I noticed ...
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How do I overcome “edit summary must be at least 10 characters”?

When I try to edit an answer by another user, it always says: Your edit summary must be at least 10 characters. I tried to add some useful code to the related question and format some lines. ...
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Editing an Accepted Answer with attributed content from another answer

I'm just double-checking with Meta on this, because I'm not 100% sure if I'm right or not. I quickly Googled something, and landed on this SO page. The accepted answer is rather verbose, to the point ...
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Should I rollback a minor edit that a >2k rep user has made?

If a user with sufficient privileges to edit without approval edits a post, but the edit only changes word choice, how should I feel about rolling back? The only reason I hesitate is because such an ...
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Are self-edit limits only imposed on sub2k reputation accounts?

I have a superuser.com account that's sub 2000 reputation points. I have an Arqade account with 20k+ reputation points. I am unable to self-edit my own questions up to 5 times a day? according to ...
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Can I attribute the image, if post's author refuses to do so? [duplicate]

Can I edit someone's post and attribute the image or other foreign / cited content, if post's author refuses to do so? An example. People say (in comments), that author should attribute the image, ...
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Making a question product-version specific in an edit

At the time of a question the most recent version of product X is version N. As the question is the first result in Google for this specific problem (like in so many cases with SO sites), it attracts ...
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Answers don't like hair (i.e., “hair” at the beginning of an answer is automatically deleted)

As you can see I made an edit but it won't stick and gets deleted right away; another user with 20k rep also tried to make the same edit with no luck. This is the answer where it happened. Also ...
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Is there a formal statement of policy toward editing questions in such a way that existing answers become invalid?

I have read the Exit strategy for chameleon questions post, but I am looking for some kind of formal statement or general consensus regarding the problem of people editing their questions in such a ...
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Is it ok to add [UPDATE] to a question's title after a major revision

The programming rookie I am, I sometimes ask questions where I only later realise that I missed the problem somewhat. E.g. Q: Why won't my toast get toasted? A: You'll have to plug in the toaster. Q ...
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Editing a question on SO, I can see comments, answers, etc; on Unix&Linux, I can't — why?

Since this seems to be a difference between sites on the Stack Exchange network, I guess MSE is the best place to ask. I recently edited a question on the Unix & Linux site, and was surprised ...
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Detachable Edit Box

Stack Exchange sites has this feature where you can preview in real time what you're going to get when you send your Question/Answer/Edit. Sometimes, specially concerning edits of questions and ...
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Priority of grammar, spelling and punctuation in questions [duplicate]

How much priority should be given to grammar, spelling and punctuation when editing a question? How relevant are those? Should questions and answers be edited because of the sole reason there are ...
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No notification if someone edits my answer with a huge change

Edit after this question was identified as a possible duplicate of another question. Below is an example of an edit without a notification. The change was huge and still I did not receive a ...
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Should I edit a question if the edit makes the question more close-able?

This happens all the time: A user asks a question. Another user asks for clarity in the comments. The author responds in the comments. Here is a specific example of where this happened. In this ...
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Allow short typo edits? [duplicate]

I tried to fix a single-letter typo on this question: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/posts/705/edit But it says: "Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this ...
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Should rants be edited out of answers

This answer on Security.SE correctly answers the question, but then goes into a mini-rant (about 60% of the answer's content) about bad security practices that really contribute nothing more to the ...
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Why does my over all edit count of posts are different than the total edits count in profile page?

In Pro Webmasters I have edited 491 posts(All time) But when I checked the edit count in my profile page it's 489 posts edited What is the reason for this count variation? Note: It might be ...
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How to use html tags inside code block? [duplicate]

I need to use <del> html tag inside a block of code, because I have written some code wrong, and someone has answered my question according to my wrong code and now I need to update my question ...