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I found some questions and answers where one of the relevant words contains a typo. (In my case the user wrote 'QlickView' instead of 'Qlikview'.)

I would like to change (edit) these questions and answers, so that the search finds them. But it is not possible to save one letter changes.

Should I flag these questions and answers or is there a better way to improve?

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    get_all_posts | sed -e 's/Qlickview/Qlikview/' | save_all_posts ... easy peasy – Jack Feb 27 '13 at 12:44
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    Don't focus on that single word. Focus on the post as a whole. More often than not you'll find more to fix than the single character. – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 13:27
  • Thanks for fixing the 'QlickView's, there is only one left in stackoverflow.com/questions/10586814/… ;-) Great job. – smartmeta says ReinstateMonica Feb 27 '13 at 13:51
  • @smartmeta 14 characters. Focus on the full post, not the single typo. – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 14:30
  • You are forced to make some useful but less relevant changes at the same time. Fixing whitespace is an example. In non-code posts, you can almost always find a word which can be replaced with a better equivalent. – Nemo Feb 27 '18 at 16:07
  • @Bart And what if there isn't? – user76284 Oct 22 at 21:18
  • See the accepted answer. – Bart Oct 23 at 5:47
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You don't. Leave those to people with 2k+ rep.

The suggested edit system is intended for substantial edits only. If you cannot find more things to fix, leave the typo be.

  • Ha, you are the FGITW. That would be an irony on the post talking about typos. – user213400 Feb 27 '13 at 12:43
  • Doesn't that sort of go against the spirit of SO? Even Wikipedia will let you make one letter changes with no issues. – Brian Feb 27 '13 at 12:56
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    @0A0D: Suggested edits go through a review queue, it'd be a waste of everyones time to allow 1-character suggested edits. That's why there is a minimum character requirement, and you are expected to make substantial edits only. Reach 2k and you can make all the small edits you want. – Martijn Pieters Feb 27 '13 at 12:58
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    I suppose. I am a 13.9k user so I surpassed that requirement long ago, I just have a differing opinion. To me any edits make the site better. – Brian Feb 27 '13 at 13:05
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    @0A0D: But you need to have gained enough trust first. Before that point, edits are subject to review. Spammers would love the opportunity to make edits willy nilly everywhere. :-) – Martijn Pieters Feb 27 '13 at 13:06
  • Yes, I thought of that after I posted my last comment. I suppose we need to be a little more guarded than Wikipedia – Brian Feb 27 '13 at 13:15
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    And what if the one letter typo is a very misleading typo that matters? flag it? – d-_-b Mar 2 '13 at 20:31
  • @iight: I don't think flag should be used for that purpose. Probably ask someone in chat room with edit privilege to fix it. – nhahtdh Mar 2 '13 at 20:37
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    @iight: Usually a comment would do just fine. – Martijn Pieters Mar 2 '13 at 21:20
  • cool aright ... i hate when that happens hahah – d-_-b Mar 2 '13 at 22:00

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