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I don't want to be accused of superfluous editing just to bump my question. Well, I think you hit the nail on the head there. It's fine to update and improve old questions (and answers) as long as you don't do so superfluously. Provided that you don't update ten questions at a time, and your updates are meaningful, I doubt your edits will attract any ...


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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 last a long time and readers will continue to extract value from them far into the future. If some people are annoyed in the process of developing the archive, ...


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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) are pushed from the front page by the bumps. Nobody cares much if a user does it once, but doing it repeatedly is disruptive, and we will send a warning ...


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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 you can improve the corpora with a better answer, add it.


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It gets bumped not because there are no accepted answers, but because there are no upvoted answers. The idea, I believe, is that you should either upvote one of them (then it won't be bumped anymore) or write a good-enough answer to merit someone else upvoting it. It's the SE way of cycling unanswereds back into the mix. Oh, but to answer your question ...


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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 purpose of bringing these changes to the Community's attention. If an Edit or Answer is worthwhile, even for an older Question, then the bumping that occurs is ...


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If you want to write an answer, then don't worry about the bump. You thought it was interesting, maybe others will too. But if you don't find the question interesting, don't feel obligated to write an answer just for the sake of having one. If it's really dull, you can downvote it, and it will descend into oblivion.


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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 it is not too difficult to find some point that you can clarify, a reference you can cite, or some way of extending or generalizing your answer in order to ...


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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 have unwanted consequences. The proposed point threshold is really low, too. There is considerable risk of users, even in good faith, doing significant ...


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The other answer has no upvotes. This means that it is likely a Community user bump. This sort of thing occurs from time to time to questions without upvoted answers, at least if the question's score is nonnegative. How often exactly is a trade secret, I believe, but it's very normal to see these things happen.


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If too many questions (say 20) have to be edited, you can split the editing in separated period of time so that the main site is not disturbed. Other than that I see no problem. ADD Just looking at main it seems you didn't really over do it.


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This creates a contradictory set of motivations on the part of moderators "game": I want to improve the quality of archive questions, for other users' reference I do not want to 'bump' old questions that are not relevant I would say that the community benefits from the former way more than we are harmed by the latter (a few extra eyes on occasional old ...


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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 on an answer also notifies the person who posted the answer. Commenting may also notify a few others who have contributed to the question/answer – see the ...


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Making a sufficiently large number of trivial edits on old posts is considered abuse of the system, and is grounds for a warning or suspension if the behavior continues. However, the difficulty lies in defining "sufficiently large number" and "trivial". You can definitely flag suspected abuse; in fact please do so if the behavior seem like abuse to you (and ...


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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 retagging efforts in relatively large batches. You might notice that you won't see those questions if you choose newest rather than active tab. And if you display ...


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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 different state of mind than while editing) and find a mistake, then go ahead and fix it within these five minutes. Of course, the question will get bumped to the ...


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Alternatively: If the reason the question has no (accepted or upvoted) answers is that it is just not a very good question, you could downvote the question itself. As I recall, once it reaches a negative score, it will stop being recycled. (Though I can't find an official source for this at present.) If it is really unsuitable and you have sufficient rep, ...


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When the Community user bumps a question, it's because that question has no upvoted (or accepted?) answers. The Community user doesn't do anything other than bump in this case; no edits or anything. I don't think anything should be done about this. Unlike the Community user bump this isn't likely to keep occurring to the same question. This strikes me as the ...


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I think that having 5 bumped old questions between the last 50 recently active questions at the main site is ok, but going much higher would not be good.


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Since it seems you only did five at once, this is alright; had you done fifty it would have been annoying. Generally, edits, also minor ones, are fine. One should only not do too many in a short time-interval.


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What can cause my question to be bumped? at meta.SO says that accepting/unaccepting does not bump the questions and I do not recall seeing something like that. New answers, edits, retags and new bounties bump an answer.


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Naturally, those participating in the Crusade of Answers (a chatroom initiative to push back the number of Unanswered questions by drawing attention to old questions) encounter this situation quite often. The primary consideration here is: If you feel the question deserves an answer, and you want to write one, don't hesitate. If the question you're ...


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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 of us will get annoyed and wonder why you couldn't have taken a little more care to get your answer right the first (or third, or seventeenth) time.


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I am pretty certain that any edit to any question or answer (regardless of whether it is Community Wiki or not) will bump the associated question. The MSE bumping faq gives no indication that Community Wiki posts are treated any differently. (And because the requirements to edit (not just suggest edits to) Community Wiki posts is significantly lower than ...


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As others have said, there's nothing wrong with accepting your own answer. Note that, however, you do not get the +2 rep bonus for accepting an answer nor do you get the +15 rep for writing an accepted answer when you accept your own answer.


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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 number of comments) is roughly the following: It used to be the case that edit number 10 automatically turned the question into a Community Wiki. Meaning, among ...


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Answering and accepting one's own question is perfectly fine, as long as you asked the original question in good faith. There's even a badge for that. If you are not sure whether your question is correct, you can always wait a couple more days before you accept it. Questions with no accepted answers tend to gather more views, so you are more likely to ...


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If your answer is the right answer, then you are certainly entitled to accept it. The acceptance process should ideally be answerer-independent: it should only depend on the content of the answer. I think edit-bumps are fine. They indicate, correctly, that you are still interested in the question, and therefore that it would help someone if they put time ...


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