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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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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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Should a mathematical error in the context of a question be edited?

This is a scenario I have encountered a few times when going through the edit suggestion review queue. An asker posts a question and as context they provide some information that they used when ...
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Why restrict my ability to change my vote once I have editing priveleges?

Yesterday I intended to upvote an answer, but accidentally downvoted. I did not notice this and did not change it within the five-minute window for changing votes. Later that day I noticed a drop on 1 ...
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Race condition in editing question

I have noticed this problem. Let's say when I first see a question, it is in version $A$. It is badly formatted, so I click edit. However, it takes a long time for me to edit. Before I finish, someone ...
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wrong edit made by a user

I have asked Homotopy invariance of de Rham cohomology question Some user has changed the context from homotopy invariant(by which I mean homotopy equivalent) to diffeomorphic. This is totally ...
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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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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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Mathjax stops rendering after clicking “An edit has been made to this post”

I have noticed in the last two weeks or so that after clicking the "An edit has been made ..." banner, the mathjax is not rendered. Example (before): (and after): Refreshing the page renders the ...
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Approving suggested edits with formatting issues

I'm unsure what is the right action when reviewing suggested edits which are fixing formatting issues only, and doing it (slightly) incorrectly. Sometimes the newly typeset equations are only ...
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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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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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Guidelines for making images visible

Fairly often in the review queues one encounters posts from new (or not-so-new) users who lack the reputation needed to include images visibly. Sometimes I have the time to replace images of ...
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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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What to do if a suggested edit is “bad”, but gets accepted?

I have occasionally come across suggested edits which I believe should have been rejected but were accepted (and I have voted to reject them, but was outnumbered - how dare they disagree with me!). ...
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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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Funny edit by community

Regarding this review/edit. When I approved this edit, I didn't notice the text "anonymous user" and for some reason thought I was approving the OP's edit. Then I see the edit as done by "community". ...
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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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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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user on an editing spree

One of us has edited over 50 old questions in the last 50 minutes, mostly just retagging them. Is there any way to stop this? [note --- I have flagged one of the questions for moderator attention, and ...
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Editing now completely blocked while an edit is pending

In tags should be editable despite pending edit to text and vice versa, I noted that it was bad that one was being forced to review edits in order to be able to edit posts with a pending edit; but at ...
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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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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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bug not showing what has been changed when reviewing edits

Here is what I get when I want to review the most recent item on "review edits": Somehow the right hand site is missing. Question was by Haruboy15, edit by Learner. Any idea what is happening? EDIT: ...
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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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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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How to edit a long post?

Sometimes I spend around 5 minutes editing some post, correcting TeX commands, etc. But when I submit my edit I discover that somebody already did another one. But sometimes his edit is not so ...
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tags should be editable despite pending edit to text and vice versa

When an edit to a question is pending, it's impossible (for users with sufficiently high reputation) to edit it without dealing with the pending edit. I'm not sure I like that behaviour in general, ...
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Finding MathJax mistakes (or general mistakes) in your (soon to be posted) question/answer more easily

Often when I post a question or answer which gets a little bit longer and I make a mistake somewhere in this post, I tend to find it fairly difficult to find the spot in the text/code where I want to ...
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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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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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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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Source control of posts.

I could not find this issue anywhere in Meta, so here it comes.. Some users has the privilege to correct or change posts. This is all good, but there is a big problem here - there should be a source ...
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Problem with the Mathjax loading in previews?

I've been editing for a while today and yesterday and I've noticed that Mathjax isn't loading quite right. It loads but it's ridiculously slow. Nothing has changed on my end with either OS or browser. ...
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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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Removing non-visible text from a post

This question contains a block of text that is not visible when the question is rendered: % MathType!MTEF!2!1!+- % faaagCart1ev2aaaKnaaaaWenf2ys9wBH5garuavP1wzZbItLDhis9 % ...
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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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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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Why is there a character limit for mathematics post edits?

I am seeking to fix a very small (but significant) typo in summation indices for this answer. In particular, in the last two equations of the post, the summation should start from $i=1$ instead of $i=...
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Best practices: A given answer resolves question text, but not question title

In this question, the answer answers the question posed in the question text. But the question posed in the question title is actually different, and may also be interesting. What are best practices ...
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Repping the Editors

Is there a way for me to rep people for edits that I like to my posts? I especially want this myself because the community might like me more if I am able to reward those who typeset my posts.
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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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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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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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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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Fixing TeX markup

Every now and then, I see a question or an answer with incorrect TeX markup. Most commonly, I see cos instead of \cos, and so ...
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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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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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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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Why is this edit shown as just me?

I made this edit, and it was approved, however the final change included edits I didn't make The edits I didn't make were the removing of a tag and noise at the end of the post. I recognize I ...
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Editing posts at the same time

I edited the same post with the same changes 3-4 times already, but the op keeps changing a few characters in his post, rejecting my edit. Is there any way for me to change the post or stop the mass ...