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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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Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts

This sandbox is intended for saving drafts of long, complex posts, especially posts whose composition takes a long time. It serves to localize to one thread the front-page "bumps" caused by edits to ...
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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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Clarification on edit rejection reasons

This is the first time I'm actually "complaining" about something, but I fail to see some logic in the reasons pointed. This is my suggested edit to a question. I've done some linking to sources (...
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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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What should I do when I get the correct answer to a question I didn't mean to ask?

So I recently asked this question. After reading the responses, and a day's worth of rabbit-holing, I've realized that I asked the wrong question (I also made the mistake of using the letter $\omega$ ...
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Adding information from comments to an incomplete answer

This is somewhat related to this meta post which received no clear answer. I recently tried to edit the accepted answer here by adding crucial information its writer wrote in the comments, but that ...
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Why we need more than one review to accept an edit?

As you all know, once a user reach 2000 reputation he is able to edit questions and answers. Users with less than 2000 reputation can also edit a post however their edit needs to be reviewed and ...
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Is there a way to edit without bumping the question?

I'm a kind of person who like to see no flaw in the answers I posted here (I'm sure many of us mathematicians here share the same value as me to a certain extent). For that reason, I usually double ...
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How can this question be better improved?

I would like to ask for some assistance about my question from here. Apologies in advance for my bad language or spelling mistakes. First of all, what I have done differently than this similar ...
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Why is there not a cancel link when editing on the mobile site?

This question appears to be new. Why is there not a cancel link when editing answers or questions on the mobile (meta) site? It's absence isn't exactly obvious (as I haven't noticed it until now, ...
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Is it good practice to edit an answer which has been accepted?

Sometimes after posting an answer I want to edit it—for example to correct typos, word something better, or plug some gap. Usually I just go ahead and edit, but I'm never quite sure what to do if the ...
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Edits which add substantive material to an existing answer

This has just happened to one of my answers, so I thought I'd ask here whether people think it's OK. I posted an answer to a question about physical units appearing in exponents and the like. Shortly ...
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Answered Questions With Mistaken Calculation

Suppose I ask a question which includes a mistaken calculation, such that if the calculation were to be corrected, the question would be uninteresting. The question receives an answer, indicating the ...
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Edit by op makes question meaningless [duplicate]

I recently came across this question. At first glance it just seems to be nonsense, but then I realized that it actually had had genuine mathematical content before the op edited it. In the comments ...
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Editing the list of abstract duplicates

I'd like to add some content to the meta post List of Generalizations of Common Questions. The entry will be under Probability and is going to be titled something ...
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Should we edit the post of a user who has left the site for medical reasons?

I recently encountered an answer by a user who has left the site for medical reasons. The answer, which was otherwise well-written, contained a minor error. The author's intention was clear, so I ...
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Second edit on the same question doesn't submit with previous latest edits

I edited this question once (edit 1) which was again edited (improved - edit 2) by user1729. I later found a more apt question title and edited the question again (edit 3) just to change the title of ...
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Possibility to access the code of people's comments

Very often I enter the edit mode of a post just to copy-paste some parts of it, often to get a sample of some MathJax complex syntax. It may happen every once in a while that you want to do that with ...
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I just accepted an edit I actually wanted to improve.

I just accepted an edit I actually wanted to improve, because I misclicked. Now I can not cancel my review, and I can not edit the question myself because of the pending edit. Is there anything you ...
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Minimum suggested edit length

I just edited a question which was missing a couple of {} in its LaTeX markup. The effect was to make it hard to work out what was going on for people (such as, I ...
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Editing someone else's question to add context

I recently came across a problem statement question about a block matrix inverse. The original author did not include context, and the question got put on hold. I personally know a lot of situations ...
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(Major) editing bug

This happened a few minutes ago. When I was editing a comment, the phrase [object Object] came up, and after I write something next to it, say ...
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Please help me improve question on Cauchy's Integral Formula

I believe the initial revisions were unclear or wrong. Now just unclear? Find and relate an antiderivative to proving Cauchy's Integral Formula for a convex region
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Editing comments bug

Edit: I have now also posted this bug on meta.SE. I don't know whether this question ought to be deleted. Edit again: Apparently it has already been posted, both on main meta and on stackoverflow ...
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Edit on Low Quality Posts

When reviewing a Low Quality Post I accidentally edited it when, of course, you should only do this if you think you can fix the post, because after an edit the queue moves on. (The edit was just to ...
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Clarification about edit rejection and suggestion for future edits

I'm relatively new to MSE and I'd like to learn how to improve myself as a user. I saw this answer which was good, useful, and clear but it had some wrong figures. Who wrote the answer got some ...
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Viewing markup of question/answer/comment, of one for which is editing is not allowed.

Is there a way to see the markup of questions/answers/comments for which editing is not allowed? This answer says to right-click and select Show source. It looks ...
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Rejected into a tiny edit

I'm still getting used to how stack exchange sites work, so I hope this is the right place to post this (and if it's not, please let me know.) I made a substantial revision to an answer I had read ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

I often need to edit my answers several times to fix errors or maybe to answer more directly the questions asked. But each time I edit my answer, the post will get a bit higher in the top questions ...
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Should old questions be retitled?

The title for Is there a formula for this? is currently "Is there a formula for this?" Obviously, this doesn't describe the problem at all, except to say that the OP is looking for a formula. It ...
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What does “Comments may only be edited for 5 minutes” mean?

I wrote a comment following an answer. A few minutes later, I see a horrible typo. So I edit my comment, click "Save Edits" but get a little red pop-up box saying "Comments may only be edited for 5 ...
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Bug when editing question: “Body must be at least 30 characters; you entered 0.”

Sometimes, after editing a question, I get the Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: Body must be at least 30 characters; you entered 0. This has only occured on the mobile ...
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simple questions tag-changing

I'm not a mathematician, but an electircal engineer. However, EE guys also use a lot of mathematical theory. So Mathematics Stack Exchange seems the best place to ask questions about those. In the ...
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Why does a question marked as duplicate get more views than the original?

As an example case, there's this question, slated to be deleted, which is marked as a duplicate of this question. Even though the latter one is more general and has been around longer, it has ...
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Removal of images which OP himself uploaded as context.

In this question, OP initially uploaded a sequence of images which he initially said "were not so relevant". Turns out that sequence shows where his problem comes from, and is a motivation which ...
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Reference for own site in question.

In this question, the user mentions a "source" for the problem. After going to his profile, I realized that this source is (may be?) the user's own website. Note however that such a source is not ...
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Is it better to fundamentally rewrite or to re-ask altogether?

I need to work out an answer to this, frankly rubbish question. Now time has moved on and so has my command of the problem. I can rewrite this question with a precise mathematical description and in ...
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MathJax preview does not work when editing from review (or when editing a deleted question)

Hardmath's earlier bug report made me take a closer look at the way MathJax works when editing a post from preview. Or, rather, the way it currently doesn't work. While investigating, I also noticed ...
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Edit a question significantly or reposting it?

Often, I find myself in the situation that I write part of a proof or things that I tried out when asking a question, so that people that answer have something to work with. After some comments or ...
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Users making edits by putting displaystyle or other inappropriate scaling in the title

I have noticed there are a few users who consistently use inappropriate scaling in their post titles and edits they make, and not all of these users are new. I have edited those posts previously, and ...
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Edits Take Place Immediately for Verified Users

I like editing posts, I'm reasonably good at $\LaTeX$, as well as grammar, I have a PhD in Mathematical Physics from Virginia Tech, and it's kind of annoying that my edits need to be reviewed. I'm not ...