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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 ...
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is it rude to skip most edits?

Sometimes the software asks me to approve or reject edits that other users have made. If the edit is obviously spam I'm happy to reject it, or if it's obviously good I'm happy to approve it, but ...
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edit vs. approve edit

I find it amusing that as a high rep user I can edit a post without asking for approval, but if I review an edit proposed by somebody else I can't approve it finally. It still needs approval from ...
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Why this question cannot be edited?

I wanted to change tags in the following question from untagged to something more reasonable: Please solve the following Algebra. This question was migrated from MO and it was closed on MSE as "...
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Why can't I edit some questions?

Like this one: What is the principal argument of $-5-5i$? I don't see any option to edit it, to improve formatting.
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why must edits be at least six characters? [duplicate]

I just attempted to correct a typo in the mathjax of a question. it was merely a case of a slightly misplaced }. which was correctly used in similar expressions throughout the rest of the text. the ...
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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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Does that count as defacement?

I noticed that there is a recent habit of a particular user to edit old questions and add his own questions on the topic instead of opening a new question. I suppose that this is a precaution to ...
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About editing tags

I follow general-topology tag, and once in a while there are questions related with algebraic topology, differential geometry and differential topology that are tagged with general-topology; as ...
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Arbitrarily editing an asker's notation to fit your own preferences

I've seen several cases of other users editing a question to change all instances of an asker's $\mathbb{Z}_n$ to $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$, saying that the former is an incorrect notation. I don't ...
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Edited posts after 2,000 reputation [duplicate]

Search yielding no results for this. I noticed that, after I reached 2k reputation, my edits did not add 2 to my reputation. Is there any reason for this? Frankly, I don't see why the +2 reputation (...
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Improving an edit not substantive enough?

What's the point of being able to improve a suggested edit if you have to make substantial changes in order for the improvement to be considered 'substantive enough'? I was recently reviewing a ...
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Should I change the title of this particular question?

The answer to my question Minimal subbases for the canonical topology on $\mathbb{R}$? turned out to be the opposite of my presumed guess. Should I change the title to say, "How does one show that the ...
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Why does the rollback link require so much reputation?

I understand and agree with a high reputation cutoff for making auto-approved edits, and even that several people have to approve other edits (So Much Approval Required For Edits). However, as a ...
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Is it possible to regain ownership of a post I edited more than 10 times?

I was wondering if I could regain ownership of the following post from last week. Evaluating the log gamma integral $\int_{0}^{z} \log \Gamma (x) \, \mathrm dx$ in terms of the Hurwitz zeta function
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To the editors: strip “Proof”, “Help”, “Question”, “Problem”, etc. from titles on-the-fly

The title says it all. I'm aware that there have been many related threads in the past. But a new thread on more or less the same topic every once in a while doesn't seem so bad to me. Specifically, ...
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Over-writing an edit

A curious thing happened. I edited the tags on a question. Simultaneously, a user proposed an edit to the title of the question. That user's edit was approved a few minutes later, and one effect of ...
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LaTeX between dollar signs does not work in editing answer

I tried to edit this answer: Steve Awodey "Category Theory" - possible error After clicking "Edit" button I went to https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/526343/edit In preview I see dollar ...
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Edit couldn't be submitted — how to finish review? Load title and tag edits asynchronously

I was reviewing a possible "Low Quality Post" and decided to edit it. I completely revised title, body and tags to contain proper English, describe the post and improve the MathJax. Then, I tried to ...
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Edits must be at least 6 characters; is there something else to improve in this post? [duplicate]

I tried editing a post which was missing a single symbol in an equation and got the message in the title. Since edits are subject to peer review anyway, is it really necessary to go hunting for ways ...
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Is there a way to know how many posts I have edited?

I was wondering if there is a way to know how many posts I have edited till date. This question arose because I saw that there is a badge for editing $80$ posts and I do not have that badge and I ...
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Can't edit upon clicking “Edit” in a review

I was reviewing a possible "Low Quality Post" which could use some improved formatting. So I clicked "Edit" and got this screen: So far, so good. But when I tried to edit the title or the body, I ...
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Editing a contradiction between the title and text of a question

The OP posted a clearly worded question in the title, but the question in the text was quite different. In response to a comment, the OP made it clear that the text question was the intended one but ...
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Edit yourself or suggest the OP to edit

I recently came across an edit where a user has significantly changed the content of the answer of another user (whether it was mathematically correct or not does not matter). I rejected the edit as ...
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Would it be appropriate to replace a question with a related question?

Assuming that you are the author of the original question and you feel as though you have made progress due to the answers given, but you are not satisfied or you have not reached the mathematical ...
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Raising the reputation for approving edit suggestions

Just now I came across this question: Proving that $\lim\limits_{x\to 0}\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}=L$ implies $\lim\limits_{r\to 0}\frac {\int_R f(ry)h(y)\,dy}{\int_R g(ry)h(y)dy}=L$ If it has not been ...
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Rolling back edits counts as another edit

If you edit and then remove your edit manually then the two edits appear as a single edit under the heading "[Edit removed during grace period]". However, if you roll back your own edit then the grace ...
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More shortcuts while editing! Wanted: \$(\$) enter math here \$(\$)-Shortcut

By chance I realized that there are shortcuts in the Question/Answer fields. To my disappointment some useful ones are missing: ctrl+$X_1$ $ enter math here $ ...
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Flagging Archaeological Edits

The Archaeologist Badge requires one to have edited 100 posts that were inactive for 6 months. Now, I have no objection to people trying for this badge, but it can be slightly frustrating when someone ...
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Edit and spoil given answer or Repost a close- [duplicate]

I was, and still am, out seeking a way to get the adjacency matrix of the dual of $G$ without pen and paper. hardmath answered that the way I posted the question, it doesn't have a unique dual graph ...
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Suggested Edits?

I was recently editing a post. However, my edit could not be submitted and the error said It has to be a suggested edit." What does it mean and does it have something to do with reputation? EDIT: ...
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Editing MathJax in a question which will probably be closed

I just edited a lot of MathJax in this question, then voted to close it. Was that a stupid thing to do? Is there any point in editing MathJax in a question that will inevitably be closed?
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Simplifying a question

I have a dilemma, which prompts my asking my first question on meta. I recently asked a question, which I think has some interesting aspects to it and I hoped the community would regard as well ...
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Editing a question based on accepted answer

Sometimes, a user will ask a vague question, and an answerer says "I don't entirely understand your question, but I will assume you mean ___." The answerer then includes a re-written version of the ...
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Is it incorrect to make edits to math mistakes?

In this question I was told that it is incorrect to make edits to math mistakes, and instead inform the OP of such mistakes. However, this doesn't make much sense to me. When the equation or ...
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Why is the edit link greyed out?

I want to edit Prove an identity about $\iint_S\mathbf{r}\wedge d\mathbf{S}$ using Stokes' theorem but the edit link is greyed out and non-functional. What's up? Update: Someone else edited the ...
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Extreme slowness when posting an answer

Edit 3: it happened again this morning (Jul 7, 2013): slow TeX rendering in short answers. But everything is fine again now... Edit 2: I have just tried to edit the same answer again on the same ...
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Increase time limit of comment editing?

Sometimes a comment may be long enough, sometimes it contains formulas which may be incorrectly displayed or not displayed at all because of wrong number of parentheses... I often need to delete and ...
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gender pronouns redux

As a new user with an interest in this topic, I ask if the following edit type would be seen as offensive or annoying: Suppose one is talking about a hypothetical student. If an answer has the ...
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The “revisions” page (not to be confused with the “review” page)

For the first time when someone edited my question I received a notification and I was forwarded to the revision page at "math.stackexchange.com/posts/414670/revisions" Can I access such a page for ...
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Edit lead to maths not being displayed correctly, but rollback doesn't help

I made a slight edit to this answer, but then some of the maths (which I did not edit) wasn't displaying correctly, so I rolled back the edit. However, the sections that weren't displaying properly ...
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Made a grammar edit to “maths” and it got rejected? [closed]

I made an edit to a question where in addition to correction "maths" to "math", I also added math formatting. It was apparently rejected--the reviewer made the same math formatting edits that I made, ...
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Tag-wiki excerpt editing area overlaps sidebar

I was just fixing a minor grammatical issue in the tag excerpt for divisor-sum when I noticed the following: A cursory glance at the relevant HTML code did not reveal an immediate cause for this bug. ...
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Answer needing complete rewrite

Suppose someone (not me) answered a question, but in a way that was extremely grammatically stilted and littered with typing mistakes (such as accidentally skipped words) such that it's unlikely ...
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Tagging: Choose the most tags that fit, or choose the most narrow tag?

A particular user has been editing questions with multiple tags to reduce the number of tags listed. They find the most specific tag for the question, and remove the others. For example, turning ...
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Editing to remove a “Thank you” in a post

What should be done when a (for example, brand-new) user has a question which ends with, "Thank you." I ask because in the "edit suggestions" review queue today there was an edit which removed such ...