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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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Can you provide more feedback for the power editors?

I'm asking that we create some more badges to reflect the contribution that "power editors" make to the site. Currently we have only the one badge (which is non-repeatable), "Strunk & White". ...
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Link to view the edit history of a question

Is there a link on a question's page to see the edit history of that question? What is the "normal" way to get this information?
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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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Does the question reflected in the URL change when a question title is edited?

I'm assuming that the end of the URL associated with a question is changed whenever a title is edited... is this correct? Does the original URL link to the edits page? If so, what are the ...
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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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Using quoting markdown for “sidebar”

I'm definitely being influenced by books, and I'm not sure whether it's a good thing or not. You know how sometimes in technical books there'll be a sidebar, or a little inset bit of text or ...
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Should mass tag edits/removals be throttled or put to the community for voting?

Recently I watched the bcl tag disappear in one fell swoop (over a period of 3-4 hours). While there were only around 120 questions so tagged, it was a fairly valid tag when referring to the .NET ...
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Render HTML in question summaries? [closed]

If a question contains a <s> tag in the first sentence, this is shown as plain text in the summary in the question list which is confusing. Example As the strikeout is typically used to show ...
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Keyboard shortcut for “code font link”?

This is related to the "quoted code" question, but is more to do with something I just remembered is a bit of a pain. Often, when I quote a method or class name, I'll link to the documentation, like ...
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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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Show reason for edit without clicking through to diff?

I think it would be nice to be able to see the reason for an edit without having to click through to the diff to view it. I think it would benefit users to be able to see at a glance whether the edit ...
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Notify us when one of our posts is edited

Your summary page shows "N Edits to your posts" for the selected time period but you really have to be looking for it. Could we add edits to the notification feed? You could put the reason for the ...
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Notify us when an answer we've accepted has been edited

This could potentially completely change the answer. We should be given the opportunity to review it and if necessary comment or change our minds about accepting it. Of course we can do that now but ...
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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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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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Should edits be always attributed?

Every time I fix typos and grammar in someone else's post I feel like I'm stealing thunder from this person. He asked the question, I just made few corrections and not only did I get the same ...
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Encouraging people to improve questions (and be welcoming); and BADGE idea

A question yesterday by a new user was shot to absolute pieces. I reviewed it this morning as it had some "flags" against it... I was actually embarrassed at how the community treated this question (...
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Can I view the Markdown-source of an unedited question/answer?

Once a post has been edited, you can go into the revision list, and click "View Source". If a post has not been edited (and I don't have the edit privilege) is there any way to see the raw Markdown? ...
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Rollback own edit?

Could we have the ability to rollback our own edits? Why? I just edited my own question slightly too hastily, realised I had been stupid, went to click "Rollback", and realised the button wasn't ...
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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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What to do if you are interested in a (good) question that didn't get a good answer?

Today I came across this Stack Overflow question while Googling. I wanted to reopen the conversation and try to ask about scalable solutions (the solutions posed are not) but the question is eight ...
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Display link-changes in edit-history diff?

There's a problem with the diff, when someone edits a link the change isn't visible. For example, if someone changed the URL from http://example.com/something-05 to http://example.com/something-06, ...
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Put “edit” and/or “retag” links on the question list pages

If I'm editing or retagging a question, I don't like to have to go into the question page itself. This is particularly cumbersome when doing librarian work - retagging multiple questions to conform to ...
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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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To give each edit own version history [closed]

I read VonC's answer to my question right from its publication. He edited his answer about 5 minutes after his first edit. The version control system makes it very hard to see what has been changed ...
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Unregistered user - how can I return to my question to select an answer? SO has forgotten I was the questioner

SO recognised me yesterday and I gave my email, to become a unregistered user and ask the question. But somehow today its not tracked that I asked that question, so I can't edit the question, tick 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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Editing based on SO reputation [closed]

I like to edit posts on SO — not for spelling errors or edit wars — especially when I see people struggling with the English language (I'm not a native English speaker either) or being ...
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Notifications for edits by others of my own questions and answers?

I'd like to be more aware of when other SOpedians edit my own questions and answers, which is sure to happen because my innate spelling and grammar skills are overloaded by my vocabulary and ...
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Can closed questions be edited by their owners? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “closed” question? When a question has been marked "Closed," is the user who asked it (the OP) allowed to edit it? Editing and rewording might make the ...
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Adding incentive for editing

Not saying you should get rep for editing other people's posts but allow for some mechanism to encourage people to clean up questions (and answers if needed) Some ideas to start the discussion: Edit ...
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Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems?

Question says it all: Should users edit other users' posts to correct grammar and spelling problems? I've seen arguments both ways, and lean toward yes...but...
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How did people notice I edited my answer?

I posted an answer a week ago and got several upvotes for it, and it was marked accepted. Today I decided to add something to make it better, so I edited it. I received 2 more upvotes during the next ...
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How should disputes be handled on Stack Overflow?

Update: See Jeff Atwood's blog post: The Great Edit Wars. As well as the usual close wars we're all familiar with I'm aware that there have been several edit / rollback and tag wars recently, some ...
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Should posts be self-contained?

Should posts be self-contained; that is, should questions and answers avoid linking to outside material? For example, I recently edited to inline code the author had put in a paste bin. Was that ...
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What is the etiquette for changing the substance of a question?

After answering a question the other day I came across an unusual situation. The content of the answers received prompted the original poster to change edit their question (both title and content) ...
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Style guide for questions and answers

Recently I saw a question title of "combine 2 resultset". I think the community deserves nicely written and formatted content. I guess this would require just ten more seconds from all of us. ...
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Should question titles be phrased as questions? (A straw poll)

Should the titles of Stack Overflow questions be phrased as questions? For example, if I would like to learn good ways to "foo" a "bar", which is a better question title: How do I foo a bar? Fooing ...
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Who gets the credit for modified posts?

I'm a new user of StackOverflow. I posted an answer to a question and then someone went in and modified my answer, cleaning it up and fixing a typo. That was very nice of them, not a problem. What I ...
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Should I edit a question or answer with offensive content? [duplicate]

Occasionally, I will see a post that has PG (or even PG-13) rated content. The offensive flag can be applied to these posts. Should I wait for the community to declare it offensive and have the post ...
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How do I combine two answers to create the best answer on stackoverflow?

I just asked my first question on stackoverflow and I'm really impressed that my question seems to be answered sufficiently already! See: Width of an element accounting for quirks mode in javascript? ...
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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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Is it acceptable to edit broken English?

I've seen (and written) plenty of posts which have been edited by others to correct typos, broken URLs and so on. I think everyone can agree this is a good thing. How about editing for poor/broken ...
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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 ...