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Editing is a core, fundamental Stack Exchange value -- we allow editing by registered and unregistered users (if peer reviewed).

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Adding a reference/citation to someone else's post [duplicate]

Is it encouraged to add references/citations to someone else's post (when you are absolutely sure about it)?
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Why can't I edit the tags of my post? Why do people not seem to be interested in it?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Trying to prove a proposition about the nth order derivative of a polynomial by induction - is this correct? I tried to add the proof-...
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Why can't I edit a new question in place of a duplicate?

I have $5$ or so duplicate/closed questions, which is hurting my "positive question record" statistic. So, I edited a useless duplicate question and asked a new question, which I was told &...
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Suggestion to mass-replace links to http://math.uga.edu/~pete

Links to various files starting with http://math.uga.edu/~pete and http://www.math.uga.edu/~pete no longer work, but they can be ...
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"An error occurred when fetching the tag editor"

That is the message I get when want to edit the tags. Is there a general issue or just mine?
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Is it ok to erase an answer that is extremely vulgar by editing it?

I just came across a spam answer which is extremely vulgar (sexual). I flagged it for moderator attention, and then it occurred to me that I could edit it and erase its contents by blanking it till a ...
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Some mathjax in an old post is broken due to curly brackets expressions

I found that in this old post Colimit of topological groups (again) some mathjax is broken due to wierd brackets notation. $\left\\{...\right\\}$\left\\{...\right\\}...
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Do moderators have the right to force their edits on my questions?

Do moderators have the right to force their edits on my questions in excuse of " improving the question" even if I am not happy with them and is there some tool here that helps stopping ...
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Are you sure you want to leave this page?

This has never happened before on SE, not even earlier today in a different stack. I wrote a question and clicked "post." Immediate pop-up "Are you sure you want to leave this page?&...
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Request for changing post edit rules. [duplicate]

I have noticed that correcting a mathematical mistake in post editing is not allowed; only minor changes are allowed. It is preferable to write a comment explaining the mistake. The thing that ...
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Should I fix trivial typos in my old posts? [duplicate]

I thought this definitely would have been asked before, but I searched and couldn't find it. I was looking at one of my questions I asked a while ago and I realised a very minor typo in it. Actually, ...
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Standards of editing [duplicate]

A question posted to math.s.e. said $$ X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda) $$ and that was coded as X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda). It is obvious that the poster ...
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Are the words "hey guys" blacklisted and automatically stripped from edits?

Today I chose to edit a post that I found in the "First questions" queue. It began with the words "Hey guys", and I chose to leave them since they expressed the OP's personality ...
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A post has a mistake and the author made a correction below it, not editing it. Should the incorrect one be edited out?

The author of this post made a mistake in their formula. Then they only added a correction below it, while not removing the mistaken one. Is there any reason to do so? Should I clean it up? When I ...
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Adding MathJax to the title of posts being edited - bad habit?

Recently, I've found out that questions with $ \TeX $ markup in their title are excluded from the Hot Network Questions. This made me think about my editing habits. One of my favorite topics is ...
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Feature suggestion: marking an edit as minor to avoid messing with the question flow

I won't be surprised if it has already been discussed, but anyway. I relatively often make minor edits to my own answers: typically a typo in math or in English, or a slight modification of the logic ...
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What is the etiquette of tag creation and editing?

In this years Tag management thread, I've suggested the creation of the tags hochschild-cohomology and a-infinity-algebras. Let's say for the sake of argument that this suggestion is well received and ...
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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

Regarding this question, I edited out the references of rape and it was almost instantly reverted by someone who left a sarcastic comment about my edit that they later deleted. Consider the two ...
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Should blanket changes in terminology across posts be reverted?

Edit It seems another user posted essentially the same question here while I was writing this one. I'll close this question as a duplicate if/when it becomes possible. I got a notice earlier this ...
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User changing terminology [duplicate]

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 ...
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Why do edits have to be at least 6 characters?

I am wondering why edits are required to be at least 6 characters. As an example, someone answered the question How to calculate the integral of a Legendre polynomial excellently but for a typo, which ...
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Should I edit the question before starting a bounty, or start a new question?

I have a question I would like to start a bounty on. But I would like to edit the question to add the possibility for a stronger result. The question I want to start a bounty on is this question: For ...
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Proposed new solution to having unwanted noise and unfairly exposed questions again after editing on this site as to not decrease the site quality.

It has been noticed that when editing my own posts, that I sometimes get annoyed with a small wrong detail in a post that I then do a 5 character or less edit. Here is proof of this causing trouble ...
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Accidentally editing without knowing a question was closed in the review queue made a question unable to be reopened. New feature to prevent this.

I have seen this large issue with this website which can endanger the new user: It was accidentally done that one edited the question of another user whose question was already closed, but then had ...
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Approved edit that makes question *less* readable

I recently encountered the following edit of a question: https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/4126525/2 I hope everyone here agrees that the edit is not appropriate. A minor thing is that editing &...
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If I recognize the source of someone's question, should I edit to add it?

(c.f. How to ask a good question's Include source / motivation for your question and the preceeding discussion in Is it a good idea to include source from where a question is taken?) Occasionally, I ...
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Answer preview in MSE not appearing

Whenever I am going to write an answer or edit someone's post, I am not able to see its preview under the answer writing section in MSE. Why is this happening?
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Editing a post for activity [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to edit a post (adding a random comma, adding more spaces, etc.) just for the sake of activity? It could be used to draw more attention to the post since it comes to the top of the ...
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What is the motivation for pointless edits? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand why a certain user keeps making pointless edits that add nothing to a question. The one that sparked this post is the fourth edit to this question, which simply inserts a ...
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Can you copy paste MathJax? [duplicate]

I am a big procrastinator when it comes to learning MathJax. I happened to remember that only before asking a question. Is there perhaps a shortcut to simply copy an equation from one part of the site ...
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The grace period for editing the posts.

So far I was sure that during approximately 5 minutes after posting an answer/question the author can edit it without the changes being documented in the edit history. However in this answer the ...
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Notification about math jax for new users

I saw a problem which is common for new users who are using math jax. although they can write formula for example it is not hard to guess to show $x^2$ you should write ...
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Bringing the new feature to MSE in order to make writing formulas easier

There is a site for searching formulas on stack exchange called SearchOnMath. On the site you can see an option called "Add Formula" click on that, then you can choose any symbol you want ...
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Partially-unresolved questions with substantial progress: should I post a very long question, or a question + answer?

Most of my questions on math.SE come up in the course of personal investigations into some topic, and usually get asked after a fair bit of reflection and attempted work on the problem. Unlike ...
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How to make or suggest good edits

What should I do when editing a post, or suggesting an edit? Math SE is a collaborative platform where almost anyone can contribute. One way in which you can improve the site is by editing posts (...
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Edit Recent Posts to Display HTML-Tables with Markdown

Users have been using $\rm\LaTeX$'s array environment for displaying tables. For instance, in the MathJax Tutorial's "Table" section, ...
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Corresponding highlight when editing MathJax

When editing a complex formula, it is easy to get lost in a sea of MathJax code. The suggested feature is, when editing posts with MathJax: (1) When a portion of a MathJax code is selected in the edit ...
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Is this considered "farming"?

I have noticed several times the same person editing low quality questions. The most recent example is this one. However, this edit simple replaced "fourier-fourier" (which is an obvious ...
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Should I edit the question, or delete it and repost the question?

I am speaking on reference to this question :- In $\Delta ABC,$ side $AC$ and the perpendicular bisector of $BC$ meet at $D$, where $BD$ bisects $\angle ABC$. The Problem is that others had discussed ...
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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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