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How do suggested edits work?

In my Stack Overflow Account, suddenly I am not able to edit any Question asked and I am also not able to edit any answer also. Anyone know the reason behind this?

Any help will be appreciated.


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At least 6 out of 10 of your last suggested edits have been rejected. Which means that your suggested edits are not particularly good. At some point the system will put your edit privileges on hold and you will no longer be able to suggest edits. This is most likely what happened to you. A ban AFAIK usually lasts for 7 days.

I would suggest that you go through your suggested edits and see why they were rejected. Use that information to find out how you can improve your edits once you are allowed to make them again.

Going through some of the first:

That should at least give you some idea. Go through the rest of them and see what you could have done better. Even look at your question here and its original revision. Then have a look at what Yannis did to that to whip it into shape. See the difference?

Once you have the edit privilege again, don't edit a whole bunch of posts at the same time. Edit one very carefully. See if it gets accepted. If so, do another one. If not, learn from it and once you understand why not, go on to the next one.

  • How can i know the exact reason behind this and is there any way that i can get that privilege back? Nov 22, 2012 at 12:31
  • If you go to each suggested edit, you can see who rejected your edits and what their particular motivation was. Whether it was too minor. If it was wrong. Changed the post too much, etc.
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:33
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    And one note: Please don't edit in "Thanks in advance". If anything, you should remove it from posts when you edit them.
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:36
  • lasts for 7 days hmm per my recollection about a year and half ago, 6 rejections resulted in two weeks ban
    – gnat
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:46
  • @gnat Hmm, I got it from here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/78129/… as linked from the "How do suggested edits work" FAQ page. If you have more up-to-date info, feel free to edit it in.
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:48
  • @Bart well "currently 7" answer is quite old, Feb 2011, but my own data isn't much better either - July '11. Mine is formally more up-to-date but certainly not good enough for a definitive statement on how things are now
    – gnat
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:54
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    @gnat I could make it AFAGK...as far as Gnat knows... ;)
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:54
  • @Bart thanks to point me in the right direction about how editing of the question should be done.Is there any way that i can get back this privilege? Nov 22, 2012 at 12:56
  • If the ban is for 7 days you can get it back by waiting for 7 days.
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:57
  • Is it possible to know the duration of ban? Nov 22, 2012 at 12:59
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    Which part of "7 days" is unclear exactly?
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 12:59
  • @Bart you said "if the ban is for 7 days".So I just want to make sure that I am being punished for the 7 days or more. Nov 22, 2012 at 13:02
  • User gnat seems to think it might be longer. All evidence I have says 7 days. So that's it for now. If I'm able to confirm otherwise I'll update the answer. But long story short, all you can do is sit and wait until you get it back. Whenever that may be.
    – Bart
    Nov 22, 2012 at 13:03
  • @Bart yes you are right..Thanks for your help :) Nov 22, 2012 at 13:04
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    :) @Bart it is probably more interesting that OP acts surprised ("suddenly I am not able...") while per my recollection, back then there was a message clearly explaining why I am suspended and for how long. If that message is gone now, it would be a great pity... Maybe I'll test that with one of my low-rep accounts (eg account I used some time ago to test for particular bug with flagging summary links)
    – gnat
    Nov 22, 2012 at 13:15

A common pattern among your suggested edits are that you add sentences like "Thanks in advance ...", "Any thoughts?" and so on. Such expressions are actually frowned upon at Stack Overflow and they should ideally be removed by an edit, not added.

Other times you are simply not solving the problems with the post. A spell correction should optimally fix all or most of all errors, not just a single word. Here is an example where you swapped a incorrect spelling into another just as incorrect one, and you also left the many misspellings of "Android", "due the new" and some other stylistic problems.

You also seems to like uppercasing random words. Why do you feel that "app" and "minimum" should be spelled with a leading uppercase letter? They are perfectly normal words, not names.


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