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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 ...
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Is it alright to do an unnecessary edit so you can change your vote?

Someone who accidentally downvoted one of my answers has edited my answer with a non-substantial edit just so they could change it to an upvote. Is this allowed?
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Editing closed questions to add answers

Recently we have seen quite a few instances of users editing questions that are closed to add their answers to the body of the questions themselves. That is a clear subversion of the rules and an ...
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Someone edited my answer… years after I deleted it!

So I just got a notification that someone made an edit to one of my answers. It's a minor formatting that would probably improve the quality of my answer... except for the fact that I deleted that ...
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Suggestion to improve the quality of questions.

Recently, a contentious discussion has been taken place in Removed Question vs Reputation around the opening of the question Determine if $\frac{k-1}{k}+ \frac{1}{k(k+1)}= \frac{k}{k+1}$ holds. I ...
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Can't edit Edit Summary

I make an edit, and type something in the Edit Summary box. Then I realise five minutes later that my edit summary was wrong. So I click on "edited 5 mins ago", and then on "edit" (with mouse-over ...
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Is it ok to ask a more specific version of a question that I have asked?

I have asked this question yesterday: On the sum of digits of $n^k$ and it doesn't seem likely to receive a definitive answer anytime soon. As TonyK pointed out in his answer the (seemingly simpler) ...
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What does [Edit removed during grace period] mean?

I asked a question a couple of days ago and today I saw that it was edited by some user. When I clicked on the Revisions, instead of the revision, I saw this: [Edit removed during grace period] ...
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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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How can I edit a title?

The text of a question had already been edited, but the title needed editing too. I couldn't do this, except via the "improve edit" function. But then my edit was rejected as too insubstantial (even ...
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How Can I Improve Another Person's Answer (Beyond the Scope of An Edit)?

I am wondering about what the best course of action would be when one encounters an answer which provides the mechanics of a non-trivial solution, but which is presented in a highly confusing way. In ...
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What to do if you don't have 2,000 rep to rollback an edit?

Here, I converted the question so that it was strictly what the OP asked written in LaTeX notation and deleted an incorrect tag. However, the person who edited it after I did changed some E values to $...
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Should I really edit Titles

I noticed that $\LaTeX$ is not used in title of following question Prove that $1 + 4 + 7 + · · · + 3n − 2 = \frac {n(3n − 1)}{2}$ Before I click edit button, I noticed that it has ...
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Edit wars over tags

Occasionally I'll run into users, usually new ones, who don't understand what certain tags mean (for example, marking a high-school-level Euclidean geometry question with 'differential-geometry'). ...
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Changing $dx$ to $\operatorname d\!x$

Seems like someone has gone on a bizarre edit spree, deciding to randomly change $dx$ to $\operatorname d\!x$ (with no other edits). This is purely a matter of stylistic choice, and I find it really ...
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Clarification on edit rejection reasons 2

My edit was rejected. Yet, $$-\text{tr}\left[\text{adjoint}\left[(P^{-1}DP+I)\sin(\Omega t)^2(I+P^{-1}DP)\right] (P^{-1}DP\cos(\Omega t)-\cos(\Omega t)P^{-1}DP)\right]$$ is much more readable (and ...
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Etiquette for undoing edit to my answer?

Someone recently edited an answer I wrote earlier today: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/969737/155629 Usually I'm happy to receive edits, but in this case the edit does not reflect the intention ...
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Should one rename questions with titles not unique enough?

I have asked several questions here, some of which had already been answered in other questions whose titles were not explicit enough for me to find them through the questions search/suggestions. ...
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Editing for missing dollar signs

So, I'm a new user and trying to figure out how things work around here. I saw a post in which someone forgot to put one of their math equations between dollar signs, so it came out in raw LateX ...
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Should I avoid minor edit of a question which was put on hold?

One of the reasons why a question can be put on hold is that it does not fulfill standards of the site. The OP is expected to improve the question. Review queue is here to help re-opening questions ...
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Removal of the “too minor” reason for rejecting an edit

The edit review system appears to have been updated, and among the changes is the removal of the "too minor" reason for rejecting an edit. Does anyone know why this has been changed? Are minor edits ...
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Editing a question for reopen

My question here was closed for being too broad. As defined in the help center, this entails that there are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. ...
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Regarding editorial policy and attitudes of editors.

I recently posted an attempted proof of Beal's conjecture on the Math stack exchange and someone said I should put it on the Math Overflow site for professionals. The attempted proof I wrote uses ...
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Cleaning up a post

I posted a question which now has an accepted solution. I would like to clean up / streamline the question and solution to make it more readable and accessible in the future for other people to ...
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Consider giving better titles to the questions you answered… especially right after you answer them

This is a proposal inspired by the overwhelming number of questions with uninformative titles on the site. Such titles tend to contain words like question, anyone, help, doubt, easy, exercise, ...
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Renaming old questions

I occasionally go on a link-click binge through the linked-and-related questions sidebar. This past-time has led me to several interesting questions with exemplary answers, and I'm sure I've learned a ...
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When does a question not show up as being edited?

I just noticed that a question asked by a user was edited. (It says 'an edit has been made, click here..'), but it does not say the question has been edited. The question was edited a few minutes ...
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Edit tags of deleted question

It's possible to edit tags of deleted questions. I tried it here: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/835159/math-expectation-playing-a-game My new tag was accepted although the question is ...
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What to do when question is edited by original poster in such a way that it deprecates answers

I recently posted an answer to a users question, which at that time was valid. The original poster later edited the question with a specific condition, which deprecated my (and several other users) ...
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How to deal with users padding their answers with custom signatures?

I'd like to start by clarifying that this is not a question about whether custom signatures in posts should be allowed. That issue has been discussed before, and the SE policy on the matter is pretty ...
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Editing my answer without my permission.

An edit to the answer I posted was not approved by me and still the edit is visible/effective, how?, moderators used their special privilege?
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How to clarify this question answered with two different interpretations?

I read the following question: Probability of selecting 2 points on a straight line. I read the different answers and got confused at first because two peoples answered to different interpretations of ...
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Edit session for wrong spelling of mathematicians and mathematical concepts

Wrong spelling of mathematician's names and mathematical concepts is perpetuated by their presence in highly indexed resources like stackexchange. I think that the internet would become a better ...
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Am I editing too much?

This is mostly about formatting. Whenever I see a post that does not uses the proper formatting somewhere on it I edit the post and add it. The problem is, sometimes it's a really small thing - or ...
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Edit rejection — “too minor”?

I noticed that sometimes a user decides to go on a huge minor edit spree (such as right now, a user edited 10+ posts with rather frivolously, mostly grammar but sometimes even just adding a dash or a ...
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This edit (odd use of quote feature for “highlighting”) doesn't seem right?

Is edit #3 on this post a valid edit? It doesn't seem to make much sense to me; the OP wasn't actually quoting that paragraph from anywhere. The editor left the comment "Highlighting", but that doesn'...
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Cleaning up an old post of mine — a moral dilemma

I am aware that math.se and other se sites are intended so that people who google questions can find answers to them on this site so they don't have to actually ask the question themselves. Thus, I ...
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Should I refrain from editing older questions/answers? If so, why?

I recently was looking up a question and noticed a small improvement I could make to an answer by adding an additional detail. The user whose answer it was told me that I should not have made this ...
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A 'forceful edit'? I think it was not very neccessary. Please tell me whether I am being rude or the point I raised is valid.

I posted this question Prove that $1<\frac{1}{1001}+\frac{1}{1002}+\frac{1}{1003}+\ldots+\frac{1}{3001}<\frac43$. I edited it quite a few times to add a context. However, when this user https://...
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What to do about repeated bad edits?

I came across a couple of dodgy edits in the review queue, both of which I rejected and both of which ended up being accepted. The two in question are here and here. (Edit: Actually, I only rejected ...