In this question, the author did not state her ideas and her attempt to solve the problem.

My question is, should I include my own ideas while editing a post, or should I just edit the latex and tags (if inappropriate)?

I thought the post was missing some context and was likely to be closed, so I included some texts that may be relevant.

Is this a good practice, or should I stop doing this?

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    $\begingroup$ Edit policy is here (from the help centre): math.stackexchange.com/help/editing It does say in there that edits to a post should not change the meaning, and adding your ideas to someone else's question seems like you'd be changing the meaning to me. $\endgroup$
    – postmortes
    Commented May 17 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ Is there a particular reason for the question mark being $\rm\LaTeX$ and not plain text? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented May 17 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ You can post another question with your context. Also it is OK to answer it. $\endgroup$
    – Hayatsu
    Commented May 17 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila it's my habit, the question mark looks glossy in latex and dull without it $\endgroup$ Commented May 17 at 14:19
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    $\begingroup$ MathJax breaks screen readers. Please don't use it unnecessarily. For example, for that. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented May 17 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ What is a screen reader?? @AsafKaragila $\endgroup$ Commented May 17 at 15:34
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    $\begingroup$ No, please don't edit someone's post to add ideas for them. It's the OP's responsibility to show the effort, not yours. The OP needs to show they struggled through the problem, so writing a full-fledged answer for free instead of slowly guiding them isn't going to make them learn. Also, I know the OP's name is "Nandini" which I believe is typically a South Asian female name, but it's better to use the singulars "they/them" as pronouns for nonbinary people, people who prefer those pronouns, and people whose gender identity is unknown. $\endgroup$ Commented May 18 at 3:17
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    $\begingroup$ @MathStackexchangeIsNotSoBad - The meaning of "screen reader" is just a quick Google search away. $\endgroup$
    – JonathanZ
    Commented May 20 at 2:47
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    $\begingroup$ @MathStackexchangeIsNotSoBad Wikipedia: Screen reader - basically software which can read content of the screen. (In this case we're talking about the content of a Stack Exchange post.) It is useful for visually impaired people. See also: To what extent is Math.SE accessible to a blind user? and Is Mathjax accessible for people using screen readers? $\endgroup$ Commented May 21 at 5:03
  • $\begingroup$ I go one step further. If I see what looks to me to be an obvious typo in the posted question, I never edit the question directly. Instead, I always leave a corresponding comment (e.g. "Possible Typo Alert": ...). $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 3 at 18:14


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