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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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Should 'Hi', 'thanks', taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?

I edit a lot of posts every day. I often run across posts with 'Hi' and 'Thanks' on the top and the bottom of the post respectively. I also run across things like: --User Should these items be ...
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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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How does editing work?

It is possible for users to edit an existing post. How do edits work? Who may edit a question or answer? How can you tell what has been changed between edits? For more information, see "Why can ...
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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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Are we discouraged from fixing typos and misspellings on Stack Exchange sites?

I just attempted to fix a typo on a question on cooking.stackexchange.com and saw this Oops! Your edit couldn't be submitted because: Your edit summary must be at least 10 characters This ...
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Reject an already-approved suggested edit when rolling it back

The content of this post has been sanitized in response to anonymous feedback that the formatting was making it completely unreadable by assistive technology (AT). I strongly value making content ...
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What is a 'rollback'?

What is a 'rollback' on Stack Exchange sites? I have seen this mentioned but I do not understand the term. Please note: This post is not a sandbox for performing rollbacks. Please do not perform ...
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Could we have the ability to mark a change as minor in questions or answers?

It would be nice to allow users to mark a change in an answer (or question) as minor (e.g. for a simple spelling or grammar correction). A change marked as minor wouldn't push the question on top of ...
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What is the etiquette for modifying posts?

I'm getting pretty close to the reputation where I can start to edit others' posts, and I'm wondering what the etiquette for when (and when not) to do so. I figure that I should edit in the following ...
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Could authors overturn recent community review decisions?

When new users edit a post, the review is posted to a review queue and other reputable users can review the edit and choose to approve or reject it. However, I feel that a lot of people do it pretty ...
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When is “EDIT”/“UPDATE” appropriate in a post?

I often see questions edited into this form: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet blah blah blah paragraph paragraph original question. UPDATE: The Lorem disappeared and left this message: "new ...
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How far can I refactor the code in someone else's question? [closed]

With a growing number of more or less inexperienced programmers on Stack Overflow, it is frequent to see the questions containing code not only badly formatted, but also badly written. While editing a ...
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Notify us when the question has been edited after posting an answer

Consider this situation. I post a legitimate and correct answer to a question and receive a few upvotes. Then the OP realizes that's not what they wanted to ask, and significantly rewrites the ...
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Is there an editing 'grace period' on answers after they have been posted? [duplicate]

I answered a question (not 10 minutes ago), after about 3 minutes I decided to edit my own post with more details. When I was done editing (took me about 20 seconds to edit), I noticed there were 2 ...
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Is losing privileges after placing bounty OK?

My rep went over 2,000 today which meant I could edit other people's posts. Great! Then I added a bounty to a previous question, which brought me back down to 1,984...and I can no longer edit other ...
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Make first draft of a new answer part of the permanent revision history

I find the grace period can lend itself to some unscrupulous behavior on popular tags. I've often seen an earlier, minimalist answer be updated within the first 5 minutes, and incorporate something ...
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Let me reward a good edit on my question/answer

Often an edit to one of my questions or answers will make it a lot better. The edit can constitute more to the site than someone posting another answer or comment. Some users make quite a lot of good ...
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Can we disable automatic community wiki conversion for answer edits?

Currently, if a user edits their answer more than a certain number of times, that answer is automatically converted by the system to community wiki status. This trips up many well-meaning and active ...
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How can I cancel an edit I made on another user's question or answer?

Edits made by users who do not have edit privileges are placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed. E.g., I edited someone else's answer. but changed my mind. If I'd edited my own question/answer, ...
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Editing a post during review doesn't show an “edit not possible” message

While reviewing First Posts on Super User, I noticed that I couldn't edit this question (see below). Clicking the "edit" link simply does nothing. Editing is not possible for me right now because I ...
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Notifications for concurrent changes when editing posts

When editing other users' posts, to reformat code or to clarify the meaning of a question, for example, I always return to the post, and refresh it, before submitting the changes to make sure that ...
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Should spam posts be edited?

I noticed that the posts of the recent spam surge on Ask Ubuntu were all edited by community members into something like EDITED - REMOVED SPAM ANSWER or similar. While I understand why the users ...
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The editing race - the slackers always win

I'm having a pretty big problem with the way the editing system is working lately. I think it was a recent change, but there no longer appears to be a warning message when another user has edited the ...
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Kill the Retag option, use just Edit

I am a 1500* high rep SO user. As such, I've had the Retag ability for some time, but I'm not yet able to bypass the review queue for 'normal' edits. So, my feature-request is that for us 500 < ...
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Increase captcha threshold for post editing

It's a very common behavior to refine answers several times after submitting them. Most of the time, the refinement is just adding and removing several characters or words. You might notice some other ...
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Is there a way to disable the hotkeys?

I navigate with Ctrl-n,p,f,b (readline/emacs keys) so that I don't have to move my hands too much and get RSI again. Is there a way to disable Ctrl-b being hotkey for bold? EDIT: Note that this is ...
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Is there a way to edit a question without bumping it to the front page?

Given that the Stack Overflow trilogy is to be a resource for googlers, I usually try to go back over my questions/answers and improve them in whatever way that I can. However, I feel this may be ...
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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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Allow post editor to see @comments directed at him

There have been times when I have edited a post, left no comments, yet I have made mistakes that were pointed out simply as @comments. That's ok, but unless I actually come back to the post, I will ...
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Why does the Community User reject / approve edits? [duplicate]

I am sure this must have been asked quite a lot of times, but I am unable to find something about the guidelines the Community uses when approving / rejecting edits. I just fixed a first question to ...
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Question history attributed changes to me that I didn't make

I just made some minor edits to the text of this question. I didn't edit the tags at all. When I completed my edits, my edit showed as: Now, I think those tags were present before I started my edit,...
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Community♦ user edit: How does it know what to edit? [duplicate]

I just noticed that the Community♦ user edited a ~1 year old answer of mine. As you can see, the method call was changed from getSfGuardUser to getGuardUser: Now I checked the documentation and it ...
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Abridged too far?

The new editing seems to have led to savage cuts being accepted, for example: UTF-8 Encoding size The links have been restored since, but as can be seen from the history, at one stage the post was ...
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What should I keep out of my posts and titles?

I've recently been editing out things such as "hope this helps" and "good luck" from posts and was wondering if that crosses the imaginary line that seems to not exist in the scattered mess of ...
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Notify question OP (and those who marked it a favourite) if an answer has been modified

Seriously, I had not noticed e.g. Jeff's edit here had he not also retagged my question.
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Do you wait for edits before voting to close a question? [duplicate]

Let's say that there is a question asked in a bad manner, in a way that the question is missing. For example the user shows the code and doesn't explain very well which is the problem. Usually ...
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How aggressively should we maintain and improve very popular questions?

I was discussing this question on team chat: How do I perform an IF...THEN in an SQL SELECT? This question is a high value asset on Stack Overflow, it already has 150k views, 120+ total votes ...
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Why are there no line numbers in the code listings?

Would it make discussing code easier if you could simply refer to a particular line or range, or am I wrong?
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Display the original question beneath the answer edit form

Often when I edit one of my answers, it's because I want to better address the original question. The only problem is that I can't see the original question while I'm editing my answer! I'd love to ...
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Comments that fail to post start the “You can only comment every 5 seconds” timer

First: This is not about whether rate-limiting is good or bad. This is not a misunderstanding of what the "Only 1 comment allowed per 5 seconds; timer reset." message means. This is not about ...
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Inline Editing for Stack Exchange Sites

We have inline comment editing, inline editing of questions on Area 51, and inline re-tagging. Can we please have inline Question and Answer editing on the Stack Exchange sites? This has been ...
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It should be possible to retag a question without bumping it to the front page

While bumps are generally good, there are niche cases where they are harmful: I recently decided I would consolidate two tags on Stack Overflow: "openoffice" and "openoffice.org". They refer to ...
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When is it appropriate to edit someone else's code? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How far can I refactor someone else's code? I see a lot of edits in queue where some well-meaning user attempts to fix OP's code. They range from minor syntax corrections, ...
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Cannot retract downvote if post has been edited within first 5 minutes of posting

Please do not close this as a duplicate unless you can remove the “status-completed” tag from the original report (because it’s obviously not been completed). Steps to reproduce: Have someone post ...
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What about lowering the edit character limit for characters in code snippets?

Here is an edit I made today, to correct a misspelled library enum in an answer. Since the edit was only one character, I also had to add a superfluous sentence to get over the character limit ...
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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

As the network ages and we have answers that are 7+ years old, we run into situations where changes in technology, etc. result in a once great answer becoming out-of-date, obsolete, or somewhat ...
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Undone edits disappear from revision history

I'm reporting the following bug per Shog9's request. Consider the following scenario: You edit any post on a SE site where you have edit privileges. In a second edit within the grace period of the ...
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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 his ...
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Let me add or change edit summary during edit window (grace period)

It often occurs to me to add an edit summary to a question-edit immediately after submitting the edit, especially if the changes aren't obvious (formatting etc.). So I: Click "edit" again. Fill in ...
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Is there a grace period for correction of edits?

I just edited this question twice, because I had left a typo in the title after the first edit. In the revision history, both edits seem to have been merged into one, using the edit summary from the ...