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My vote is for Obsolete answer. As you have stated, the sorting would stop the new answer from being on top, which means the obsolete info is what the curious guy with the same question will face. This is a big con of adding a new answer, as I've seen lots of better newer answers not getting more votes than the old answer. Votes on answers marked as ...


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The proper solution to this problem was suggested 5 years ago and is the #18 overall highest voted answer on all of MSE (higher if you don't include Jon Skeet Facts answers): Score = Lower bound of Wilson score confidence interval for a Bernoulli parameter If we provide this sorting formula, the newer, correct answer can get upvotes, which can make the ...


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I'm the anonymous editor. I'm responsible for ~95% of anonymous edits in the past year here on MSE. The proof: https://meta.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/55306 First, a little about myself. Back in 2013, I created an account on Stack Overflow, so I could get help for computer programming assignments, as many of my Google searches were directing ...


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This is done: You can also lift an edit ban now: Note that this may not always work in the case of system-imposed edits (that is, if their recent edit history still looks lousy at the time you lift the ban, it might just get re-applied.) Usage guidance This was implemented for the following purpose: someone is quickly and repeatedly suggesting poor or ...


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There are a couple of problems with this: The meaning of "too minor" varies widely between individuals. Are trivial changes always too minor, or only too minor when they ignore other, more damning problems with the post? The edits you provide as examples illustrate this nicely - even the last one isn't problematic so much because it's minor but rather ...


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As of a few seconds ago, this limit is now active network-wide: at-most 20 pending suggested edits per editor on beta sites at-most 5 pending suggested edits per editor on graduated sites These limits are based on my analysis of the speed at which edits are generally approved and the number of edits (and editors) that would have been affected over the past ...


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I disagree with the premise that small edits are a bother to the reviewers. I only recently hit the threshold (for having edits applied directly and for reviewing others) and I think the smaller the edit is, the easier it is to approve. If I see a small typo being fixed, code formatted, or a sentence properly capitalized, I can see right away what it is and ...


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Yes, please. I was about to type up a request for the same. We have a bit of a problem right now on Stack Overflow, as the Winterbash hat for reviews has caused a bunch of new reviewers to all of a sudden jump into the review queue. Many (most?) of them are just in it for the hat, so they approve everything they see. This is leading to a lot of really ...


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I have recently encountered the same situation here, and a similar case on Chess Stack Exchange (where a user used 'he' to refer to a hypothetical character, and somebody suggested a gender-neutral version). The FAQ on pronouns mentions this answer, which gives some advice about using pronouns for hypothetical characters. In those situations, gender-neutral ...


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I agree with you aF, but I propose another solution, because: Reviewing is important to keep the quality of questions and answers high. As far as I know, the button only appears for pending edits, not reopen, close, first questions, late answers etc. (at least for user with less than 10k rep as myself). My two cents: Keep the button, but: When you have ...


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I really wanted this reason too; last fall when we revamped the edit decline reasons, pointless edits on doomed posts showed up repeatedly as a problem in the discussion and in my own analysis of edits. The problem is that it's even harder to nail down the criteria for "turd-polishing" than for "too minor"; everyone agrees that editing blatant spam is a ...


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Bad edits aren't limited to suggested edits. We tend not to notice the bad non-suggested edits because they don't get a minimum of two reviewers involved (three on SO). One thing that we're very bad at is teaching what is a good edit and what is a bad edit. I've reviewed a lot of suggested edits in my time. I'm not in people's mind, of course, but I believe ...


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Where the post hasn't been altered since the attempted edit this seems like a fair proposal, given that the OP can simply edit it in anyway giving credit seems fair. Presumably with a message along the lines of; However if another edit has since been made to the post it would become logistically impossible; should the OP choose between the two, attempt to ...


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Such requests should be done in private with the team, not like this. Such suggestions should be rejected and even edits rolled back unless done by official Stack Exchange employee. (Who will usually erase the original revision itself leaving no trace of the code) If there is really copyright violations, DMCA request should be submitted directly to the team ...


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It is incorrect for a 6 character limitation to be imposed. When you edit at top of the page there is: We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary. So what to do when absolutely necessary? That limitation needs to be removed and normal approval process take place or ...


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I'm just throwing this idea out there for an alternate solution to consider. I love the "Linked Questions" section. Why not expand that a bit? In most cases if I'm looking for another version to a question, the first thing I check is the "Linked Questions" and "Related Questions" sections. Usually I'll find what I'm looking for, but it would be nice if ...


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We now ignore any suggested edits that were rejected by the Community User due to an edit conflict when determining whether someone should be banned from submitting suggested edits. These rejections are annotated with a description of what happened: Aside from rejecting "concurrent" edits, the Community User also rejects edits that are ...


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As of version 1.0.54 (out for everyone now on Google Play) this is fixed. As of version 1.0.53 (in beta, right now) we have suggested edit functionality and it happens seamlessly when you're editing but have to suggest instead. I think I know what's happening here: The Stack Exchange API (which our official app also uses) doesn't offer the ability to ...


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As Shog said, you're pretty spot on with your observations. In fact, we had not fully realized just how much of a problem anon spam suggested edits actually were until we got the new system in place. The good news is it's working, and it's working very well. Behold, 1800 things that didn't annoy people as inbox notifications over the last seven days alone ...


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One thing that we've been talking about amongst the moderators is a way to identify reviewers who approve really troublesome content, even after the fact. Anyone who does anything other than flag obvious spam or trolling is harming the site by letting terrible content survive the review process. When a post receives a spam, offensive, or not-an-answer flag ...


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I'm really not sure why there is so much bile* in the current rejection reason: No improvement whatsoever The edit fails to make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. Changes are either completely superfluous or actively harm readability The reason this feels wrong to us over in Physics, I think, is ...


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Yes, the anonymous editor often has a better understanding of how the SE network works than regular users, like me. I like to review those edits as they are more than just grammar and spelling fixes or trivial wiki suggestions that can be approved with just basic sanity checks. Our anonymous friend likes us to venture into the past, reading long, forgotten ...


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Using generic language and pronouns is fine and is encouraged both to refer to groups as well as to individuals when the gender of the person is not known. Using a so called neopronoun for someone who has not indicated a preference for it is akin to misgendering and should not be permitted.


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Improving a suggested edit is now considered more substantive than an approved suggested edit for the period of 10 minutes after the suggested edit has been approved. There can however still be a conflict if 2 reviewers submit an improvement after the suggested edit has been approved - in that case we fall back to the standard edit conflict resolution. ...


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As I have said before, please bring out the stats and/or cases. How many of the answers do you consider obsolete? How much is it a problem, actually? You are encouraging fiddling with the basic mechanism of Stack Exchange without the facts, blindly, as it seems. Would you please: Create a Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) query or conduct a survey of a ...


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An old question, but still extremely relevant, and with a much easier answer 4 years on (did I mention that I love the new update? :D ): At the top right of the screen, click on your user profile icon. This now takes you to a page like this (sorry, this is my first meta.stackexchange post, so there's no activity on this site for my profile right now). At ...


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Huh. So yeah, this does appear to be a pretty decent heuristic. Here's the outcome of suggested edits with email-like comments network-wide for the past 90 days: R A Site Name 199 0 StackOverflow 26 0 SuperUser 71 0 ServerFault 10 0 Cooking 14 0 Home Improvement 3 0 Game Developers 116 0 Gaming 3 0 GIS 18 0 Mathematics 5 0 ...


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What you tried to edit is not condescending to the reader. The first post, about Git, is encouraging. It says "once you know how", and then goes on to explain how. It promises the reader that she has the ability to accomplish this feat despite the fact that it's "scary". This is the verbiage of someone who wants the person being ...


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