I have a set of questions which are much related to editing closed questions.
When I asked one of the moderators on the site I participate for off-topic editing guidelines, He said:
See meta SE posts. There's no hard rules for editing off-topic questions. If a post is useful to community, we can save it.
when I searched for guidelines for them, I couldn't find any.
There are very clear guidelines when to edit a post.
From help center, the common reasons are:
- To fix grammar and spelling mistakes
- To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning)
- To include additional information only found in comments, so all of the information relevant to the post is contained in one place
- To correct minor mistakes or add updates as the post ages
- To add related resources or hyperlinks
Are the above ones the only rules? Are there any special conditions where we need not to follow these while editing a post?
I got this doubt when I have come across some users with editing privileges who did not fulfill the above criteria(specially second and third points).
Below are my questions:
Do these rules hold for all the users including users with editing privileges and diamond moderators? Or the moderators are given a special exemption?
Do these rule apply for closed question too? Can a user take liberty to add or remove sentences from OP's original question without asking clarification?
Is an off-topic question eligible for reopening if the diamond moderators or users(with editing privileges) modify the question by adding sentences and make it eligible for reopening without asking clarifications from the OP(also consider when the OP was inactive after posting the questiom) and finally sound it on-topic?. Should we consider improving their question to fit the rules of the site?
I have come across the third situation recently where an off-topic question was edited by users and was reopened. The users found a single word and modified the question based to make it on-topic.
If a question has one word or a single sentence which alludes to something (which can make a question on-topic). Is it fair to make such edits in general by other users? Is it fair to add sentences into questions without OP's intention?
According to SE, What are the guidelines to be followed to modify a closed or on-hold question to make it eligible for reopening?