I have spotted that a user is editing old posts and changing every occurrence of "the Hawaiian earring" with "the infinite earring". As far as i know this is not standard terminology. I am not aware of any way to flag these edits, or if that is even the right approach. How should one approach this?

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    $\begingroup$ These edits are absolutely unnecessary and should be reversed for searching purposes. $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Jun 22, 2021 at 7:51
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    $\begingroup$ I've left a comment under one of their posts to explain this. $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Jun 22, 2021 at 8:03
  • $\begingroup$ @TheSimpliFire: As a side issue, would the situation be different had the change simply been a correction to the official spelling of "HawaiĘ»ian"? Would the addition of the missing letter (okina) break searches or in some other way be inappropriate? $\endgroup$ Jun 22, 2021 at 12:49
  • $\begingroup$ @RayButterworth That would be completely superfluous. And especially so when editing old posts. $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ I would argue that the change---without discussion---is inappropriate. However, @TheSimpliFire, I think it is slightly more nuanced than your comment indicates (for the record, I agree with you, and think that this is a tempest in a teapot, but there is room for some conversation here). $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:09
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson I concur as this is quite a unique case. Note I commented above prior to knowing about the Twitter thread shared an hour later in the duplicate meta discussion. $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Jun 22, 2021 at 13:11


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