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Questions tagged [editing]

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

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What is the appropriate action when a user edits a post to change its meaning?

Reference. The situation is similar to that described here. A poster asked a question, I answered it, and then he changed the question to better reflect what he meant, making my answer incorrect / ...
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Best approach for fixing a mistake when your edits are rejected?

I recently noticed that this answer is incorrect, as the value for $\theta$ is off by a factor of $360^\circ$. After pointing out the error to the OP in the comments, he said he would take another ...
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Editor's name is inactive

Here, a question was edited. But editors name is inactive; I mean it's written in gray and one can not click on it. Why? Thank you.
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Irritating and irrelevant graphics in MSE questions

I am looking for moral support to help me resist or give in to my temptation to delete the irritating "cute" picture from this not very interesting question "If everyone in front of you is bald, ...
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Is it ok to edit questions that are closed as duplicates?

I think that duplicates can be useful for various reasons. In particular, they might help to find a question if a user searches for different keywords. Similarly, they might appear in autogenerated ...
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How can I find statistics on number of edits on math.SE?

How can I find various statistics about number of edits done on math.SE. For example, if I am interested in number of edits per day/month/year and how these numbers have evolved, number of edits done ...
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Editing the problem by an answerer to “make” their answer “correct”

I just noticed that an user, call them $A$ (for "answer", not their real user name) has edited this problem, apparently with the aim of adding an extra hypothesis (namely that the measure of the ...
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Would you like to have the option to edit a question without it being bumped to the main page?

For the sake of argument, all edits are considered an improvement in this post. No matter how minor. Since we consider edits an improvement, I feel free to say that they are a good thing. However, ...
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User adding irrelevant tags

There have been a couple days now when at around the same time, a certain user has been going through old posts marked with the 'probability' tag and editing them to add irrelevant tags, most commonly ...
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Question changed completely after another user started bounty

While browsing the featured question list I noticed that this question was edited by the asker to a completely different question, from something related to quantum field theory (I think?) to a ...
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Why are edits on some posts closed?

Why are edits on some posts closed?For instance-Factor Theorem and Long Division Edit tab cannot be clicked here.Why is it blocked? I have seen this in many other questions.
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How do you edit an edit?

Is there a way to undo an edit? I entered in the edit body MathJax code and I don't think it is allowed in there. Thanks.
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Edit during deletion period for corrections/improvements

Due to an error noticed too late after posting, can the OP opt to edit to correct it while delete is active, before re-posting?
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Editing Comments [duplicate]

My question is simply why we are not able to edit our comment after 5 minutes from typing it. Some times a typo mistake can change the whole idea or the point of view we are aiming to send. Thus it ...
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How to include a figure from geogebra?

I want to post a question regarding geometry. I use the geogebra app for creating a graphic, but I do not know how to bring a drawn figure from there to here. How could I achieve this? It would be ...
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Shared rep credits for edits

If you do an edit on a question, surely you should be eligible for a share of any rep points on that question? Similar to the usual affiliate programs.
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What's the point of editing bad questions or editing in general?

I have a few edits. Sometimes I'll see a typo or a small LaTex thing that can be improved, but my rule is I only edit posts that have some value to them. But the problem is that most posts that have ...
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How to edit my answers?

I'm new here and I'm having some problems to edit my answers. I don't know how to edit them. So I'm forced to answer the question with my iPhone keyboard. Can someone suggest something?
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Is it OK to roll back stylistic editing on one's own post?

Someone edited my posted question from a style that I preferred to one he preferred. It is OK for a book or journal editor to change copy to house style; but this user has no such status. The matter ...
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Adding tags to (suggested) edits

Can I user with sufficient reputation (1000) to create new tags add these tags to suggested edits? What about users with sufficient reputation (2000) to edit posts?
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Should these be simply 'disjoint' instead of 'pairwise disjoint'?

These edits were rejected: 1 2 Meanwhile these edits were accepted: 3 4 5 6
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What is the correct policy here with respect to rollbacks?

Today I saw multiple edits by the same user that seemed to destroy the formatting of the original question. See here and here. Other edits by this user do seem to be in good faith, see here. In both ...
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Was this edit rejected? Why wasn't I notified?

Earlier this evening, I suggested an edit to this post which was much like this: I'm posting this screenshot in case this duplicate edit gets rejected too. Because it seems my previous one was. ...
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Should I post an answer to my question which doesn't answer the specific question, but is relevant and helpful?

Several months ago, I asked a question about whether or not a certain operation was used in mathematics. I then went on to explain this operation in some amount of detail. I recently decided to come ...
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Why allow multiple parallel edits but accept only one?

As I just found out, multiple people can edit a question at the same time. I happened to be the one to submit last. The red notification that told me that I cannot submit that edit was really pretty, ...
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What to do when someone edits a question to match his answer, even if that's possibly not the OP's original intent

What should I do when I spot someone editing a question to match his answer to it, even though that may not be what the original poster intended? Here is the example I just spotted. Those who can ...
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How to deal with users consistently posting answers without LaTeX?

The title says it all, is there a way to get in contact which users who consistently post answers without using $\LaTeX$? I've come accross a user who does that and (as I had some free time) edited ...
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Answer is wrong, suggested edit is right

What I should do if answer is clearly wrong, and this is corrected by a suggested edit? Reject or accept? As I understand we cannot change sense of post by editing. But a wrong answer is a worst thing ...
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Editing a question to make it more general (in presence of general answers)

Today I discovered this question: Determinant of rank-one perturbations of (invertible) matrices There, the OP asks how the determinant of $I + vv^T$ can be computed. Nevertheless, (one of) the ...
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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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What to do with edits that “just add dollar signs”?

It's no secret that a lot of the people out there don't know enough LaTeX. Maybe they were never exposed to it, or maybe they are just unaware of the fact you can use MathJax on the site. So ...
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Why must a minimum of 6 characters be changed when editing typesetting errors? [duplicate]

I've had some problems when helping to fix minor typesetting errors that I am required to edit a minimum number of characters, but usually only less than 6 are needed to change. What's the reason for ...
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About edition of a topic [duplicate]

Sometimes I Find some french in MSE, and I never can edit some "language mistakes" like in this post When I have to justify my edit : I know numbers are 1 2 3 4 5 6... so why it doesn't work? :/ ...
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Is it possible to edit the deleted post

After a long period a post is deleted, is it still possible to edit the deleted post?
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Cannot edit my bounty notice

I started a bounty here, and placed the reason why as provided. However, I made several typos and I can't seem to edit the notice. I intended to say: $$L(Du,u_t,u,x,t)=\int_{U_T} e^{-c(\epsilon)t}\...
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Why can I not edit a comment after 5 minutes but can just replace it?

It is not possible to edit a comment after 5 minutes. But I can simply delete and reinsert the comment instead. Isn't that a bug? If someone adds a post in between then the order of the comments ...
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Why doesn't the 'edit comment' button disappear after 5 minutes?

If you type a comment, and click on the 'edit' button after 5 minutes, it says that "Comments can be edited for only 5 minutes". Why can't the button just disappear after 5 minutes, so we can assume ...
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Quoting other posts without going to edit

To copy a post with formatting, I have to open the edit tag. This seems dangerous, as I am afraid of mistakenly editing the proof. May the designers of the site create a new button where markup is ...
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Wrong title revision used in suggested edits history

The suggested edit history (accessible here) shows the wrong (not the one from the moment the edit was suggested) title upon "Edit" resolution of the suggested edit. I can see why the current title is ...
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Editing out inappropriate remarks to an otherwise reasonable answer

I was reviewing the "Low Quality Post" queue and came across an answer from a new user that (a) criticized a comment on the post and (b) gave a link to a reasonably good explanation of the answer. ...
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Is it okay to edit titles of questions by other users to make them more descriptive?

Is it okay to edit titles of questions by other users to make them more descriptive, less exaggerated or just better (eg. capitalization, grammar, spelling)?
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Is that OK to modify a question significantly?

If, after posting a question for some time, I found out it is another related but quite different question that really interested me. Is that OK to just modify the original question to the new one, or ...
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Tag editing gone rogue

When reporting a new layout bug to the design change thread, I noticed the following: (many irrelevant tags) But hitting the "edit" button ("edit tags" won't work due to layout issues) I get this: ...
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Is the 5-minute grace period suddenly gone, or is it just me?

If you take a look at this particular revision history, I made an edit to my answer at 05:41:36Z, which is just under 3 minutes after the original timestamp of ...
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Editing Other's Answers Etiquette

You see an answer which is incorrect in formatting or content, but is easily fixable. What do you do? I see three reasonable (active) options: 1) Add a comment explaining the issue and the suggested ...
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Overboard editing of answers?

After reading a question and providing an answer on math stack exchange, I often find myself thinking about it from time to time and making more progress on a fuller understanding of the issues/...
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Rejected edit question [duplicate]

I've just gone to edit a question and noticed my last was rejected here: Help solving differential equation? The reason given was that it conflicted with a subsequent edit, but from that link the ...
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There should be a sign that someone's editing a question/answer.

It may easily happen that you're editing a hugely improperly written question/answer and it so happens that someone else is editing too, and after you're all done it turns out you've been wasting your ...
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Why were new parts added to a question by “community” months after the original was answered?

In March 2014, the question Find the Nash equilibria for a joint project modeled as a strategic game was migrated here from MathOverflow. It was promptly answered and the OP accepted the answer. In ...
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When editing tags, the bottom of the tag popup is invisible

When editing the tags of a question, a pop-up appears listing up to 6 tags containing the current word and their excerpt. When the excerpts are long, the tag box is truncated, and I can't scroll down ...