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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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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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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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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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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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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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Radical editing?

I recently answered this question about how the volume of a tetrahedron depends on the surface areas of the faces. I like the content of this question a lot, but unfortunately the original wording ...
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Edits which add substantive material to an existing answer

This has just happened to one of my answers, so I thought I'd ask here whether people think it's OK. I posted an answer to a question about physical units appearing in exponents and the like. Shortly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 I edit a question making it more specific then change the accepted answer?

Let's say I ask a question and accept an answer. Then I decide the answer doesn't fully satisfy me and the reason is that my question should be slightly more specific. Is it appropriate to edit the ...
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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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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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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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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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Wrong spelling of “occurrence”

On Mathematics Stack Exchange, there are 30,436 posts containing "occurence" versus 3,287 posts containing "occurrence", although "occurrence" is the right spelling (in English and in French). I am ...
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Recycle content in bad edit attempts?

Once someone mistakenly tried to edit someone elses answer with a correction to their own question / answer. Is the content of the attempted edit then lost to them if rejected or can they recycle it ...
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Approving and improving edit suggestions

How come when I click "Improve" on an edit suggestion the approval is passed on to the Community user?
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About making small edits

I had a question regarding editing. Sometimes, a question looks ok in terms of its formatting but has a few math portions not embedded in math jax. Is it good or bad to be fixing this? To state an ...
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Possibility to access the code of people's comments

Very often I enter the edit mode of a post just to copy-paste some parts of it, often to get a sample of some MathJax complex syntax. It may happen every once in a while that you want to do that with ...
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In which a Review Queue outsmarts me

I was working the Low Quality Post review queue, specifically this Question. I wanted to make an Edit to clean up an evident omission (that "spaces" are topological spaces), but I did not think this ...
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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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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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Why don't I get reputation points for edits anymore?

It has now been 3 days. Although I edit questions, I do not get reputation points anymore. The edits have not been rejected. Any hints, please?
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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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Should errors in the question be edited, or left there for context?

I've recently asked this question. As pointed out correctly by one of the commenters, there is a (completely in context) error in my description. Also, my general attempt to solve the question I ...
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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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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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Undo edits just suggested

Is there a way to undo an edit that one has suggested before it has been reviewed? I realized that my edit on this answer was wrong.
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MathJax preview does not work when editing from review (or when editing a deleted question)

Hardmath's earlier bug report made me take a closer look at the way MathJax works when editing a post from preview. Or, rather, the way it currently doesn't work. While investigating, I also noticed ...
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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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Can the equation rendering delay be increased for editing posts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Feature request: user script or option to turn off instant MathJax rendering I'm sitting on a very low-end machine here and typesetting a question with equations results in ...
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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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Adding information from comments to an incomplete answer

This is somewhat related to this meta post which received no clear answer. I recently tried to edit the accepted answer here by adding crucial information its writer wrote in the comments, but that ...
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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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Community makes content edits?

In this particular answer of mine Community account made an edit - I always thought Community is a bot- account. It flipped the colour description of the functions wrongly - what is happening? ...