I just saw the following comment:

As the original author, you always have first dibs at undoing any edits. Glad you approve though :-) – SomeMod♦

Is this right? This suggests that the OP is always in the right in an edit war, and that confuses me...


Yes and no, or "yes, to some extent".

Cases when I do agree with that statement:

  1. Radical change to the post, e.g. changing the whole idea behind it.
  2. Minor and unimportant syntax changes, e.g. changing "color" to "colour".
  3. Trying to improve with own ideas of the editor, with which OP disagree. Kind of like #1 above.

In such cases, I believe OP has the right to edit, and I'll support it.

Cases when I disagree with the statement:

  1. Editor removes "thanks", "hi", etc.
  2. Editor improves formatting in the post.
  3. Editor retagging properly.

In all above cases, and more (any truly valid edit), I would fight the OP for the sake of keeping the place clean and organized. Did it more than once, will do it again.

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    @justcool393 so we disagree on this. This is pure noise that has no place in Stack Exchange. Thanks for reading my comment, and have a good day/night, with bright morning ahead followed by wonderful day! – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Mar 29 '15 at 20:42
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    @just I completely disagree that 3 seconds of my time is a waste: i.stack.imgur.com/4OrM5.gif Also, it doesn't hurt anyone that there is a thank you, but it doesn't help anyone, and I am going to continue to edit them out. See Shadow's comment vvvv – Tim Mar 29 '15 at 21:18
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    @justcool393 personally I won't hunt down any "thank you" over all SE network, but I will remove such noise when performing a bigger edit. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Mar 29 '15 at 21:20
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    @justcool393 wouldn't that be 'wasting' even more storage? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Mar 29 '15 at 21:28
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    @justcool393 you can't flag an edit, most you can do is roll back, but guess that' not the point here. Best for all of us to agree to disagree and hope we won't get into edit wars too often. :-) – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Mar 29 '15 at 21:31

In most cases, the answer would be a yes.

If a user is making a question noticeably worse (or emptying the text, or some such thing) by rolling back edits that are made to a post, then I would flag the post for moderator attention, as they have abilities to lock post edits as they see fit.

If it's a small thing that doesn't make the meaning more unclear or whatnot, I would probably leave it, as it isn't as big of a deal.

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