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Editing answers by other than the posting of answer should not be allowed

For example in part of my answer I write matrix A... Then someone other than me comes back and edits my answer as such: for where I had i he writes I, and where I had matrix A he writes $A$ so then I ...
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Are Tag-only edits too minor (the use of the Number-Theory tag)?

As a relatively new participant (long time user) of Math.SE I must confess that my knowledge of what is considered "appropriately non-minor" as an edit is certainly lacking. This question ...
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Edit highlighting seems incorrect

I believe the color highlighting here should be showing that the third formula $$\implies (\alpha-\beta ) z+\beta (\bar z +z) + \gamma - \alpha \bar z = 0$$ was changed to $$\implies (\alpha-\beta ) z+...
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Is my workaround for the minimum character limit okay?

I tried to edit this answer, simply by adding 2 pairs of parentheses which fell short of the 6 character minimum limit. So I cancelled the edit and suggested the change via a comment, then the OP did ...
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Is the rollback attempt in this thread appropriate?

This is an issue with this specific question. Please look at the revision history here. I merely improved an attempt by the asker (which was written as a comment), making it clearer. I did not ...
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Vandalizing question posted by others

Today I found a rather weird case where a question had been vandalized by another user to a completely different question. I did a search here and saw a lot of posts on vandalizing questions posted by ...
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Should we retroactively tag all relevant questions that are missing a relevant tag, or not?

For example, I've just now realized that, When searching questions that contain the word "palindrome" but do not contain the appropriate tag [palindrome], ...
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Deleting 'thanks for help' from posts

What's the stance on edits where the only real change is deleting, "Thanks for the help in advance," or similar? I think it'd be best if the OP didn't write them in the first place but I ...
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Guidelines for context edits and rewrites

Suppose you come across a question that has been closed for lack of context, has high quality answers, and on its way to being deleted. Can you save the post by editing it to include more context? ...
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How to remove the pink edit box?

When editing answers and questions on Math Stack Exchange, I always see a pink box in which it is written 'How to Edit'. Now the problem with this box is that it hides the "Save edits" ...
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Why is there no edit option below the question?

This is not the first time but many times I've encountered this problem. There is no 'edit' option below the question as it usually is. Here's the screenshot: What might be the reason for this?
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Edit in progress warning

I often feel it is a waste of time when you are editing a question and shortly before you finish you see that the question already got edited, and your edit does not improve the corrections which were ...
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Improving other's questions via adding solution attempts in the question [duplicate]

This is a bit of a puzzler for me and I'd like to try to work out what our community norms and guidelines are around this topic. Suppose user A posts a question which is a bit light on context. User B ...
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Editing the title/body of a question hours after asking?

I asked a question which received some comments immediately. Only after the comments came in did I realize that I should ask my question differently. I edited the question then. I now realize that the ...
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Someone edited my answer. Now it is wrong.

There has been an edit to an old answer of mine and it was approved by other two users. Now the answer is wrong, obviously. What should I do? I'm not happy about this at all. How can it be that some ...
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Should users that by now, should already have +2k but due to some reason have less than 2k, be suggesting edits?

I was observing that some users, by now, should already have 2k points or more, but due to say bounties here and there, have less than 2k.
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“Improve this question” button on deleted posts goes to a page which says “This post is deleted and cannot be edited.”

I went into my "recently deleted answers" tab and found this question (which is now deleted, so you cannot see it if you have <10k rep) which I answered. I can't normally see deleted ...
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Curiosity question - Why does “Hi!” get removed at the beginning of posts?

Out of habit I write "Hi!" at the beginning of my questions and I noticed it got automatically removed, and then when I edited to add it back in, it got automatically removed again. I'm just ...
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Why was my retag rejected?

A couple of days ago I was looking for algebraic geometry questions to answer and this question appeared in my feed. It has nothing to do with algebraic geometry, so I wanted to remove that tag in ...
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Quick restoration of recent faulty edit

I request Quanto's post to be restored. Expressing $1 + \sin(x) - \cos(2x) $ as a product I had edited by error sandbox mode and pasted my own answer, an embarrassing situation. Raised a flag 10 ...
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Why can't I edit my own deleted (hidden) question?

There was an issue in my last question on Math.Stackexchange. I wanted to first formulate the general idea of my question, and then work on the question a little bit. It would be ideal if I could do ...
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Clarifying a factually incorrect case but editor opts for formatting change instead?

I am trying to edit this answer, which makes a claim about eigenvectors that is not true for all matrices. My edit was rejected. Instead, the editor followed up with a baffling formatting edit that ...
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What do you do when, in editing with MathJax, what you see in the preview is OK but the result is all messed up?

I tried to edit this answer. When the preview looked OK, I saved the edit, but the actual outcome was a mess. I tried various workarounds, but each time the result, despite a good preview, was worse ...
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Simultaneous editing

Sometimes I see a question on the main site which I feel could be improved on and when I click the edit button it says something along the lines of "this question is already being edited by someone ...
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Are there any tools to automatically correct math formulas?

I am a person who prefer standard formula, so I often edit the formula to make it look better. But I find most of the mistakes or malformedTeX writing have repeated pattern. For example: ...
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When should one not edit their own questions?

I am the type of person who unfortunately makes a lot of mistakes of the dumb kind with miscalculations. Sometimes I end up posting my questions containing those miscalculations. Is it ok to edit my ...
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Improved wrong comments written with MathJaX? [duplicate]

Sometimes I see that some comments are written with command or syntax errors. In fact they are displayed in red (for example $\gama$ instead of \gamma ($\gamma$)) ...
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Isn't changing $\sum_x^y …$ to $\displaystyle \sum_x^y …$, 8 times, an improvement on an answer?

How come an edit was rejected if it improved the formating? Isn't changing $\sum_x^y...$ to $\displaystyle \sum_x^y...$, 8 times, an improvement on an answer ? (notice the above it's just an ...
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List of commonly misspelled words

Judging by some of the posts on meta1 and comments posted there it seems that there are users who try to improve the posts by correcting spelling mistakes. Of course, there are other ways to improve ...
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Wrong spelling of “occurrence”

On Mathematics Stack Exchange, there are 30,436 posts containing "occurence" versus 3,287 posts containing "occurrence", although "occurrence" is the right spelling (in English and in French). I am ...
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Community makes content edits?

In this particular answer of mine Community account made an edit - I always thought Community is a bot- account. It flipped the colour description of the functions wrongly - what is happening? ...
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MathJax does not render when question is edited [duplicate]

On my Chrome browser in Windows 10, whenever a question that has MathJax is edited the MathJax no longer renders and is shown as, for example, $q$ instead of $q$. ...
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“Hidden content” in a question

I recently noticed this question: Symmetric Group $S_n$ is generated by transpositions. (Here is link to the revision at the time.) This question looked that way: I have to proof, that a symmetric ...
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Why don't I get reputation points for edits anymore?

It has now been 3 days. Although I edit questions, I do not get reputation points anymore. The edits have not been rejected. Any hints, please?
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Removing non-visible text from a post

This question contains a block of text that is not visible when the question is rendered: % MathType!MTEF!2!1!+- % faaagCart1ev2aaaKnaaaaWenf2ys9wBH5garuavP1wzZbItLDhis9 % ...
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Finding MathJax mistakes (or general mistakes) in your (soon to be posted) question/answer more easily

Often when I post a question or answer which gets a little bit longer and I make a mistake somewhere in this post, I tend to find it fairly difficult to find the spot in the text/code where I want to ...
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Modifying or deleting a stupid and trivial but answered question should be allowed for the person that asked it

Asking a math question is an effort of exploration into the delicate world of mathematics. Sometimes a person fails at making a sensible effort and asks a stupid and trivial question due to his/her ...
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Mathjax stops rendering after clicking “An edit has been made to this post”

I have noticed in the last two weeks or so that after clicking the "An edit has been made ..." banner, the mathjax is not rendered. Example (before): (and after): Refreshing the page renders the ...
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Is There a Reason We Can't Edit Our Recently Deleted Questions?

I recently wrote a reasonably long question, but noticed a mistake a few minutes after posting which would take a fair amount of rewriting. Not wanting to waste people's time in working around that ...
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Is English (US) vs English (UK) grounds for an edit?

I use SOX and I get notified whenever there is anything new on meta. Today, I saw this edit to a post. It replaced favourites with ...
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An old “list question” edited to include other points

This question from 2016: Some possible mistakes in Bott and Tu contains a list of what the OP suspects to be errors in a famous book. The OP explains for each point their reasoning as to why they ...
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What happened on April 2017?

I used the query in this answer to see the number of edits per month and I was fairly surprised as April 2017 had $86,444$ edits. The graph of edits per day is even more surprising as one day had $55,...
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Edit of headline caused URL to break?

After posting this question I sent the corresponding URL via email to somebody. In the meantime a user has edited the headline of my question which rendered my old link invalid. I used the URL in my ...
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Abuse “Reject-and-Edit” to reject singlehandedly

Although it requires 2 contributors (rep $\geq2000$) to reject an edit, it only needs 1 by "rejecting and editing" actually. And later, I found this problem have been came up before. Today I found ...
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How can we resize a graph?

Is it possible to resize a graph in a post? For example, I wanted to resize this one, because the original size looks much better.
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Obvious wrong formulation of a question in the title, not edited by Asker. What to do?

Update: 2 Reflection see at end Update: 1 I have just edited the title of the question and created a new question where I have added my given answer. This question asks in the title for $\qquad \...
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What is the proper procedure to handle a minor question edit mistake?

I recently saw where another person mistakenly edited a question so that instead of asking about modulo values of $-1$, it was now for $1$. This mismatched the title & the rest of the text, so it ...
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What to do about comments with broken MathJax?

Sometimes one comes across content that has MathJax that does not render correctly. When it is a post one can edit it. But what to do about comments that have MathJax that does not render correctly ...
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What a good title should be?

In guidance How to ask a good question. it states: Make your title your question Use your title to convey as much information about your question as possible. Since the tags already convey the ...
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What to do when you answered a question and after the question is edit? [duplicate]

What to do when you answered a question and after some time the question is edit adding more information or changing the question so your answered now has nothing to do with the new question? ...

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