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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Wrong timing for comment editing blocking?

I just wanted to edit a comment of mine that was shown as "3 min ago". When I hit the button to commit the edit, I was told that editing is only possible for 5 minutes. OK, so I took too long to edit? ...
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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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Solve/compute/evaluate: when should we use these verbs?

Today, I've edited the question in this thread, and apparently I did wrong. The question was asking to "solve an (indefinite) integral", which I replaced by "compute an (indefinite) integral". ...
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Editing long questions in stages

I have tried several times now to start on editing a long question that needs serious reformatting. But halfway through someone else edits the question and I can't (or don't feel I shouldn't) finish ...
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Apply the homework tag during routine editing? [duplicate]

When editing a new question, for grammar, punctuation, clarity, formulas, etc., is it appropriate to add the homework tag if your intuition is strong that it is homework? Please don't knee-jerk brand ...
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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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How much is it acceptable to partially answer a post within an edit of that post?

I have encountered a situation in which the OP asked a relatively simple question about manipulating logarithms. The OP was clearly not practiced in the subject, and asked a question involving the ...
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What is to be edited?

It would be nice with a guideline how to edit a question or an answer - please expand the below list - maybe we could agree upon what to edit. I think of several reasons to edit: The English ...
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Defacement/Censorship of peoples answers

yesterday the following edit was made https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/33730/revisions which deletes content from an (very old) answer. Taking liberty to edit and perform such censorship/deletion ...
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Editing large posts on android tablet doesn't allow full scroll down

I tried to edit a larger post with my tablet. After scrolling down some lines it stopped and didn't get show the last ones. It also doesn't show the usual scroll down handle. I'm using a catnova ...
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Approving Suggested Edits

I think we should write some guidelines for approving edit suggestions. Of course that constantly editing posts is a good thing, but we need to be less hasty in approving edits. It can be quite hard ...
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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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When a user (completely) changes their answer via edit

Background story/motivation for question: I recently saw an answer that presented an incorrect way of solving a problem. (Simple algebra error, $\sqrt{x^2 + y^2} \not = x + y$.) I let the author ...
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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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Is there any etiquette to be observed when editing a question or an answer?

I am asking this because there were a few occasions when I felt an urgent need to edit a person's solution that had been written rather poorly (e.g. using non-standard abbreviations or committing ...
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Edits that Substantially Extend Answers

I am seeing a great deal of suggested edits that extend non-CW answers in a significant way. I believe they are good faith attempts to "improve" an answer by filling in details, but the resulting ...
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Editing - ordered list with letters.

I just edited: Let $f$ be a non-constant entire function such that $\left \lvert f(z) \right\lvert=1$ for every $z$ with $\left \lvert z \right\lvert=1$. In the question there is a list of options ...
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Edits by Community ♦

As a 10K user, I can approve/disapprove edits by low-reputation users. BUT: Why am I being asked to approve edits done by Community ♦ ... Presumably, despite having only reputation 1, it can put in ...
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pending approvals

A couple of times recently, I approved edits and found that they still need approval from one other person. During the interval, I can't do any other edits to the posting! When does an edit have to ...
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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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Editing Binge Etiquette

What is the etiquette for extremely minor edits that bump dead threads by no longer active users? A related meta question. Recently someone has been on a binge of such editing. Most of the edits are ...
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edit and rephrase or ask new question?

If neither the commentators nor I (meanwhile) are happy with my question, should I edit it completely or post a new one? (how do I close the fist one then?)
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Don't throw the baby out with the bath water when rejecting suggested edits.

Several hours ago I suggested eight edits to posts that I thought could use a little bit of improvement. A few hours later I came back to find that all eight of them had been rejected by the same ...
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How much bumping is too much?

Quite often some old questions are bumped for various reasons. They are edited to correct minor typos, punctuation, adding links, adding a more informative title etc. They are retagged - e.g. for the ...
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Multiple Edits should not end up in Multiple +2's

I realised, when editing a post a second time, I got an additional +2 rep. Does this make sense? I think it's ok once. Is it possible to restrict it?
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Treatment of multiple answers by same user to same question

We have a generally accepted and established norm on editing the content of questions, as addressed in this answer to the question http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/4255/ and in this answer ...
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I need your advice.

I need some good advice. There is one math.problem which I asked here. It is my second attempt. I have some new ideas and new results, but question is already big enough. I don't want to delete ...
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Community approved my suggested Edit

Clicking on Community, you'll find: Hi, I'm not really a person. I'm a background process that helps keep this site clean! I do things like Randomly poke old unanswered questions ...
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Reacting against edits

I just want to mention it because it's not the first time that this weird thing happened to me. Sometimes when I edit a question or answer, I see the poster makes minor edits to remove my name. I got ...