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For questions about the process of editing, how edits work, and other general inquiries about the edit system.

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Page jumps to top when inline editing question and answers simultaneously

As someone who likes to inline edit both question and all answers at the same time to reduce multiple bumping, I noticed since recently that the page jumps to the top when the question is currently on ...
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How can one search for a word that was removed during an edit?

I'd like to search for a word that was edited out of one of my questions. I don't know which question. How can one search for a word that was removed during an edit? (Input: word; output: list of ...
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Inform new users about the option to edit their own post when adding a comment

When reviewing close votes, I regularly encounter questions with the following history: New users ask a question which is unclear because it is lacking relevant information. People add comments, ...
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Why can any user edit any other user's question or answer?

I see an "edit" link after each question and answer. So I was wondering: how come any user can change any other user's question or answer? I think the reason behind it is that each one can share their ...
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When submitting a tag wiki edit from the revision history during the grace period, I get redirected to the site home page rather than to the wiki page

When I make a binding edit to a tag wiki or tag wiki excerpt from the revision history as a 20k+ user during the grace period (editing the individual portion rather than both at the same time), and ...
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Tags disappeared after edit

I don't know how to repro, but I observed one case of tags that disappeared after an edit on this post. Refreshing the page fixed the issue, but that's still unexpected. I was using the latest ...
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Tag wikis are incorrectly limited to 30,000 characters when editing them from the revision history

Preparation You need the Edit community wiki privilege (100 reputation), but the bug also occurs when you have the Tag Wikis privilege (20,000 reputation). Make sure you're not on a site with an ...
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Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes?

Sometimes you vote to close something and the OP then changes it to fix the issue or issues. You can't take a close vote back though. It would be nice if you could. With the new Duplicate close ...
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Unable to edit the duplicate list

I have the javascript dupe hammer on SO. I closed Uploading image file to php server as a duplicate earlier today, and I was just trying to edit the duplicate list to add a more appropriate question. ...
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"Comment reserved for system use" when trying to edit with an edit summary

Trying to leave an edit summary gives me this error message: Comment reserved for system use. Please use an appropriate comment. This occurs both for anonymous and logged-in edits, for answers and ...
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The keyboard shortcut E sometimes edits a post that isn't the post currently visible to the user

The keyboard shortcut E sometimes edits a post that isn't the post currently visible to the user. Example (I pressed E to edit) with this URL: Tested with the latest version of Chrome on Windows 10.
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Can we alias a question's title without creating a separate question?

For a long time, we have marked questions as duplicates as way of aliasing another question. For example, I saw a question on a Stack Exchange site which was titled something like: I am *onfused with ...
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How do I revert an edit to my question? [duplicate]

Someone else edited my question inappropriately (IMO). What is the right way to revert their changes? There is a Rollback link for all the other revisions in the history but not for the top one, just ...
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Does "popular tags” need to be repeated in the “How to tag?” suggestions when editing a question?

My question is shown in the title. If someone does not understand my question, you can see it in the picture below: There are two things that can be seen from the picture: "favor using existing ...
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Cannot paste into SE code blocks when Editing, breaks text editor and Markdown preview

There seems to be something wrong with the text editor when editing code inside ``` code blocks. I've noticed this when editing questions. Copy code from my IDE Edit a question Highlight all of the ...
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For how long can I edit comment... really?

I have just seen this: Followed by this (after hitting "Cancel"): One of these information is in contradiction with another. What is the exact value of timeframe where I can edit my ...
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Remove the 'resetting any rude or abusive flags' note from the rollback tooltip

The tooltip for the rollback button in a revision history is: sets the current revision to this version of the post, resetting any "rude or abusive" flags However, the 'resetting of red ...
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Is editing a question into an entirely different question allowed?

If your question has no answers and only downvotes, are you allowed to completely change the question? For example, someone might ask this: Should I begin programming with VB.NET or C++? Then later ...
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Do suggested edits count towards the Strunk & White badge? [duplicate]

As it says in the title really—I couldn't find any mention of whether approved suggested edits count towards the Strunk & White badge, or do you have to wait until your reputation is at 2k? Also, ...
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The keyboard shortcut E for edit stopped working on own posts or community wiki posts, for users without full editing privileges [duplicate]

Example: The keyboard shortcut E doesn't work for me on this question. . However, the keyboard shortcut E works on other questions I've tried: question 1, question 2, question 3. I use Chrome+Win10. I ...
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The policy of editing out “noise” should be proactively explained and more easily referred to and justified

Across the network, but especially on Stack Overflow, it's considered important to edit questions and answers to remove noise. Of course I agree with this policy; it's part of what keeps the sites ...
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Only add the "edited by" label for big changes, and not "Edit tags"

Editing tags is a minor change; "Edited by ..." should be added only for big edits/ improvements. Personally, I find "Edited by ... Kilroy" distracting, not helpful.
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Why can I edit a post without peer review, but when peer reviewing it's not enough that I approve it?

I have 2000+ reputation on arqade, this means that my edits are applied without going through peer review and I can review suggested edits. However, when I review edits in the review queue, then it ...
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Does it make sense to be able to unilaterally edit Qs and As but not be able to unilaterally approve edits?

I've just realized that while my current level of site permissions on one of the SE sites allows me to edit other people's questions and answers at will, it does not allow me to unilaterally approve ...
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Possible incentive problem since edits bump questions

I posted Is armageddon more fair in a Vickrey auction? in Chess Stack Exchange on February 9th 2023. It was bumped a year later when someone edited my post on 18th March 2024. Why doesn't this create ...
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Please ditch the five-minute window on comment editing

Bravo for allowing comment editing, but what's the explanation for enforcing a five-minute window? I think this might be over-engineering. If I have a spelling mistake or an inaccuracy I'd like to ...
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Is it discouraged to use headings in questions?

I am referring to this edit of a question of mine. Basically, all heading markup was removed and some were replaced by boldening them (**). Despite being just a cosmetic change, I was wondering what ...
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Protected questions should have a higher reputation requirement for editing and approving edits

When a question is protected it requires a certain minimum reputation to answer it. At least on politics SE this is mostly used for questions that are highly politized or opioniated. And it works in ...
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Display author name while editing a question or answer

I was editing an answer and wanted to say "we can also write this if [author name] agrees" but noticed that the author name was written nowhere on the post edit page interface. I had to open ...
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Let me edit my own self-deleted question

I asked a question, and then realised the premise of my question was wrong. I want to first delete it, then edit it, then undelete it. If I edit it while it is live, there is a risk of users wasting ...
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What is the right way to elaborate on an answer?

I wonder about the right way to elaborate on an answer. The question was "how can I write this code in one line". The currently highest voted answer gives a working one-liner, but offers no further ...
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Approver getting credit for my edits?

I'm checking on who gets credit for editing other's questions. I've previously had edits approved for editing a question, and I get the rep. Today I edited a question for readability and the same ...
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Can I submit an edit for approval after earning 2k reputation?

I have now enough reputation points on Stack Overflow to edit every post directly. But sometimes (especially if this is about a field where I'm not savvy, or when I try to edit a question title ...
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Should I make edits immediately after receiving feedback when asking for improvements on meta?

I made this post on Stack Overflow Meta, asking if there's anything wrong with my answer. Not long after, there's a comment giving feedback for improvement to my answer. I found this feedback useful ...
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Religious salutations in religious SE sites

Along with this question on religious salutations on SO, since Islam.SE went through private beta, I need to know if the same policy holds there. Some users get offended when I edit their religious ...
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Let's remove spam/offensive edit suggestions from the original poster's inbox as quickly as we can

Some of us have taken it upon ourselves to seek out the worst of what finds its way to Stack Exchange so that the majority of users don't have to see any of that. That's how the spam and rude flags ...
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Will edited comments to one post notify the poster multiple times? [duplicate]

I checked the What events trigger an inbox notification? and searched for "edit" but didn't find this specific problem about "edited comments". Since "Another user comments on ...
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Can you comment or vote on a revision? [duplicate]

How do you comment on a revision? example It would also be nice to have a vote button to appreciate a revision change.
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What can I do (besides a rollback) if I disagree with an edit of my post?

Suppose I consider someone's edit of my post bad or useless. I do a rollback. Now I want to draw attention of moderators to the user who did this bad edit. What should I do in this case? Update: ...
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I suggest to do a flag button inside an edit block [duplicate]

There isn't an individual flag for edits: we can't use a special flag relating to someone who edits a post of another user. Now the only way to draw a moderator's attention about someone's edit is to ...
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Add the ability to flag an edit for moderator attention

We can flag questions, answers, and even comments for moderator attention, but we cannot flag a specific edit that has taken place. For example, take a look at this question's revision history(+ see ...
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It appears that people are making simple edits and answers just for reputation points

I hesitate to ask questions on Stack Exchange as usually I will get lots of edits and answers, but usually the edits are formatting and spelling, and the answers are simplistic (e.g., read the ...
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Update/recreate question with unhelpful answers [duplicate]

I asked a question a couple of months ago: How to mitigate risk of having cash with you when abroad? The answers were unhelpful ...as I added on a comment: "be street-smart" and similar ...
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Is it okay to make small edits to meta posts to change my vote?

If I see a meta answer that I voted on a long time ago, but I now have a different opinion on the topic and want to change my vote, is it okay to make a minor edit to the post so I can change my vote?
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Should you undo your vote after an answer was edited?

Let's say you upvote an answer because it answers the question and helps OP fix a problem. Within a couple of minutes of upvoting, this answer is edited slightly - not enough to change it completely ...
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Limit the number of times an author can choose "Submit for review" when editing a closed question

When a question is closed, anyone can make an edit and submit the question for reopening: This can be done an indefinite amount of times, which can lead to situations where authors are making ...
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Since when are users no longer able to view votes on their own pending edits?

I recall in the past that if you suggested an edit, and then clicked on the link to the review task, you would see that your edit was pending review/you were not able to review that item, but you ...
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Incorrectly encoded message about editing deleted post

An attempt to edit a deleted post by a direct link (when you don't have enough reputation to see deleted posts, or you're an owner of deleted post), e.g., here gives a raw text page stated: This post ...
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Do we still need the Retag privilege?

Ever since suggested edits were rolled out, the Retag privilege has been a bit... Weird. You can retag questions at any rep-level, even with no rep (or account) at all - you just need a few people to ...
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If a user edits a closed question and checks the "Submit for review" option, does that mean only 2 reopen votes are needed to reopen the question?

Assume an SE site is configured so that 3 reopen votes suffice to reopen a question, and that one needs at least 3k rep to cast a reopen vote. If a user with less than 3k rep makes an edit and checks ...

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