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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

Gerry Myerson's reply is factually correct, and I do not want to dispute it, only add to it: The goal of the site is to have a repository of clear, complete, and correct answers. Those answers will ...
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Is it bad etiquette to make trivial edits for more views

Yes, making trivial edits to bump a question is considered bad etiquette. It creates noise on the front page, and it is unfair to the other users whose questions (or the questions which they answered) ...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

The whole point of stack exchange is to build a high quality collection of questions and answers for a given subject. If you think of things in these terms, it is irrelevant how old a question is. If ...
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Bumping old questions

Bumping of a Question, old or not, does not of itself signify anything constructive, re the mission of Math.SE. Bumping occurs as a side-effect of editing or answering a Question and serves the ...
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Is there a way to edit without bumping the question?

There's currently no way to do that. Strictly speaking, all edits should be substantive. If you want to stay strictly above radar, try to add something useful along with your typo correction. Often ...
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“Minor edit” feature for trusted users

I do not really see a problem with the bumps, especially not on this site. The volume is by now so high, it seems just like a drop in a bucket. But, I see various ways how having such a feature could ...
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How to bump someone else's old, unanswered question that's exactly the question I want to ask?

This is exactly where bounties are for. You have just enough reputation (75 or more) to post one. The Help Center article begins to talk about your own question, but posting a bounty on somebody else'...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

Answering bumps the question but (I think) only for those who have clicked the "active" option, not for those who are using "recent". Commenting notifies the person who posted the question. Commenting ...
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Is too much self editing frowned upon?

Subsequential edits within five minutes of the initial edit are combined into that edit. So if you post a question or answer, and then read it after posting (which for some reason may involve a ...
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Why so many Riesz Representation questions in such short time?

The tag riesz-representation-theorem was created a few days ago. The tag creator added almost immediately after the creation above 60 questions to that tag. And it seems that he continues in his ...
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Why do questions asked a long time ago, even those whose answers are already accepted, get shown again?

You may notice that the text "Active: today" in your screenshot actually contains a hyperlink - if you click on it it goes to the answer that was edited. (In other cases it might go to the ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Editing the title/body of a question hours after asking?

If it needs to be fixed, fix it. You are much better to do this as soon as possible (before people get confused by the ambiguity). If it's "close enough" that people who actually read the ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

Every time you edit an answer, accepted or not, you push it to the top of the front page (for those who view the site in such a way that Active questions come out on top). If you do this a lot, some ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

In my role as a moderator I encounter this problem once in a while. You see, edit number 20 triggers an automatic flag for us diamond bearers to handle. My response (spread out over a sufficient ...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
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Why do questions asked a long time ago, even those whose answers are already accepted, get shown again?

The reason the 5 year old question shows up again is because it has recent activity. This answer was edited 15 minutes before you asked this question on meta. On the Questions page you can change the ...
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Question didn't bump

After the clarification in the comments it seems that it is not a bug - whether you see recently active questions depends on the way you view the site. If you go to https://math.stackexchange.com/...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Should a new answer bring the problem to the top?

Actually, a new answer bumps the question. However, it all depends a bit on the way users view the posts. If you look at the posts tagged rational-numbers, this question is on the top if you choose ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Could having (tag-removed) tag be useful?

There is a dedicated way to delete tags without bumping, the jargon for this is 'burninate.' It is just that this functionality is not exposed to users and per site moderators, only SE staff can do ...
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Modifications don't show up on the timeline.

As already mentioned in the other answer, a question can be bumped for various reasons - in particular, it might be caused by activity on an answer (rather than a question). See the corresponding tag-...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Bumping new questions to format, highlight or update context

No, it is not alright to edit a new question every few hours for the sake of bumping it. It is alright to make edits that genuinely improve the question. However, one is expected to make a ...
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Is too much self editing frowned upon?

From what I have learned today editing of an answer is to be used with discretion, and is not meant to be used as a sandbox in which to develop your (half) answer over a few hours (days (weeks (months(...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

My first post was quite recent, answering an OP that was about one and half years old. It got an immediate response which was quite gratifying and made me feel welcome on the site. However, my post ...
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How can I get others to review my answer? Is bumping considered appropriate?

It's been already suggested in the comments, but I think the constructive criticism and constructive praise chat room may be of interest to you. You can also post in the main chatroom. Additionally, ...
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How can I get others to review my answer? Is bumping considered appropriate?

A way to proceed is to try to clarify or to expand your answer a bit via an edit. This will bump the question-thread. Usually, this is preferable to a dummy-edit done for the sake of bumping. Beyond ...
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“Minor edit” feature for trusted users

I thought that the retagging part of what MJD asks for was already available to higher-rep users, in the sense that a tag-only edit (using the "hidden" edit tags button, next to tags) would not bump ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

It's best not to bump. Choose correctness over concerns about trivial refinement. If you're making a significant enhancement then bumping is not so bad. Having correct equations is far more critical ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

It's admirable that you try to be conscientious about this sort of thing. There are some people here on MSE I've had the displeasure of dealing with who use things like this to gain advantages in a ...
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Modifications don't show up on the timeline.

A question will be labelled as "modified [time]" on the front page if either the question or one of its answers was modified. For instance, in the example you linked this answer was edited ...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

As noted, commenting (resp. answering) serves as a "message": you can notify an answerer/commenter (resp. OP) of your thoughts on the question. In this sense, there is certainly a point. Don't worry ...
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