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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, 2009 at 19:57
  • Cash gifts. What 15 characters? Jul 30, 2009 at 20:01
  • 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! Apr 26, 2014 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. Apr 26, 2014 at 19:32
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    Related: How Do I Thank Editors?
    – kenorb
    Jul 11, 2018 at 11:59

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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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    Yes, you are right. Too many "thank you" in comments are annoying. On the other hand I like the thumb-up and heart icons which github has. There you see the number of thanks, and if you are curious you can look who thanked you.
    – guettli
    Oct 12, 2017 at 9:16
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Send him a thank-you basket filled with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer. Editors love those.

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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. Jul 30, 2009 at 19:15
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TL;DR: Don't revert good edits. "Carry it forward". Write self-destructing short ping as thanks.

  • First, do not harm. Don't revert good edits. If an editor made an error, by all means fix it, but be aware that great editors may be right even when they might seem to the less experienced users to be wrong. That's what makes these editors great. So at the very least, do nothing and don't roll back a good edit.

  • Study the edits. Learn from the good editors. Read the history of the edits and review the comments. How do I view the edit history? Click on the icon [Show activity on this post] to the left of the question, below the vote up/down arrows. The icon looks like a clock being turned back.

  • Write better posts. Use the skills you have learned from good editors.

  • Edit your own and other people's posts. Carry forward the good karma and teach others. Leave places you visit cleaner than when you found them, but don't be nitpicky. Be nice, for the good editors were nice to you when you needed it.

  • Find nice, creative ways to thank the good editors. If you meet the good editors in person, buy them a beer. If you meet them on Stack Exchange or elsewhere on the interwebs, say thanks in comments. Be sure to delete your Stack Exchange comments later, after the editors have read them (usually in a day or so). This is because "thank you" comments are considered noise by others here on SE. You can also write under your post a short, self-destructing comment like this: "@rene Your edit was greatly appreciated and helped me to xyz after realizing abc!". Not finding the self-destruct option in the UI? Me neither! So I just delete the comment myself, manually, after they have read the thank yous, or in a day or so, whichever comes first. Note that some good editors even prefer not to receive the "thank you" comments. They are busy people. They consider their work as "nothing special", and there is a special place for them in the Great Stack Exchange in the Sky. For the truly outstanding editing work, consider awarding a bounty on one of their good posts.

  • Don't serially upvote the posts that belong to the good editor (that you find in the good editor's user profile). That's bad (oddly enough at first glance, but think what could go wrong here!), because that's against the rules. Serial voting will be automatically detected. And then reversed, also automatically. Don't learn it the hard way. :)

  • Don't serially edit the good editor's posts. Seriously. Instead, see the "carry forward" item above.

NOTES:

This post incorporated ideas from multiple posts, notably those by Don Wakefield, William Pursell, Nosredna, Hilarious Comedy Pesto, Shog9, Kevin B, Hans Passant, Paul Roub, MonkeyZeus, Rene, Kendra, πάντα ῥεῖ, Sam Hanley, John Montgomery, kenorb and others. See the current page and also the links below.

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How do I thank editors?

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

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    This solution creates redundant comments which take up space.
    – Script47
    Oct 12, 2017 at 8:24
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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.
    – Welbog
    Jul 30, 2009 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". Jul 30, 2009 at 19:36

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