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From typographical point of view, the question whether d in dx is upright or italic is not clear at all, it varies from author to author, from sub-field to sub-field and from journal to journal. Therefore I think that we should not unify the style across the site and rather leave it to the authors. What is not questionable, though, is that dx has to be ...


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This was an automatic edit by the Community user as part of the recent network-wide change to https. In reality, an SE developer was responsible behind the scenes for this edit (and many many others in the same time period). The proper course of action is to simply ignore this edit, and all others like it: they were made for a reason.


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Like Clayton (in comments) I don't see any problems with the proposed edit, and I think it should have been accepted. Usually when reviewing proposed edits it takes two reviewers with the same vote to resolve the review. However, if a reviewer clicks "reject and edit" or "improve edit", they get to decide the matter singlehandedly, independently of any ...


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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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So I hit "skip" the majority of the time. Is this sort of behavior OK? More than that. If you are not sure whether an edit is good and should be approved or not, "Skip" is exactly the button you should push (similarly for the other review tasks). Usually, there are other people who will know whether it should be approved or rejected (though not all of them ...


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It was discussed before (although mostly in the comments, if I recall) that there is no problem with people being polite. Often, when users come from SO or other sites on the networks they think this should be removed (because it says so in the network-generic-FAQ). My rule of thumb is that if there is no substantial corrections (grammar, formatting, etc.) ...


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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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This, I think, is the move to https links, where all the links which point to SE were silently edited in the background from http to https. For example, https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/29797/revisions, which points out to the date in question being April 13, 2017.


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If the suggested edit produces garbage, like in the above cases, I would happily reject. If I didn't have enough energy to properly edit myself, but a small amount of excess energy, I would probably include a custom reject reason -- at least it was understood (if not pretty) that $x^{2.5}$ was meant in the original post, but such a proposed edit certainly ...


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Since the edit is done by me I feel obliged to explain it to you. Firstly I admit that I didn't make a typo but did it on purpose. Here's your answer : $$\frac{a+b}{c} = \frac{a}{c}+\frac{b}{c}$$ Assuming $x\ne0$, $$\frac{x+1}{x} = \frac{x}{x}+ \frac{1}{x}$$ Because $x\ne0$, we know that $\frac{x}{x}=1$, so $$1+ \frac{1}{x}$$ I changed $...


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The idea behind rejecting an edit as it "[d]isguises the author's non-fluency in English" is others could take the fact that the poster is not fluent in English into account in their interactions. For example, they could write and answer in simpler English or could use more formulas instead of words when they know the asker is not fluent in English. (I ...


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This answer is based on my comment to linked answer and includes some more nuance. I for one would find such edits very annoying (even though I generally, for example on MSE, use the "they/their" version in writing). There is no "automatically assumed to be male" in using "he" -- it's only there if you choose to read it as such. Using "he" for unknown ...


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This is probably closer to a comment, but it would be too long. I suppose that you got the number above 30000 by searching for occurence on the main site. This is an overestimate - I do not know the exact details of how the search engine of Stack Exchange works, but apparently it tries to include words which are close to the one you're searching. You can ...


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It depends on the nature of the mistake. It is important that the OP address conceptual mathematical mistakes himself in order to help clarify misconceptions. If he doesn't understand why a correction needs to be made, we will then know to explain this in the answer. On the other hand, if the mistake is obviously a typo, e.g. $$\sum_{j=0}^ni=\frac{n(n+1)}{...


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If it's your post, you should make it reflect what you are trying to say, including tone and whatnot. When people edit my posts in manners that I feel changes them, I rollback and leave a comment, often using the feature that you can ping someone who edited a post (although their user name will not appear in a tab completion) that these edits should be ...


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It depends. Accept when: The mistake is likely due to a typo or some other obviously inadvertent error and is corrected by the edit. In all other cases, e.g.: The wrong (version of a) definition was applied; The wrong implication is proved; A theorem's hypotheses were not fulfilled, my stance is that the edit should be rejected because the meaning of ...


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Here are some words which have been misspelled in some posts on the site, also some SEDE queries are included.1 alegbra; search analisis; search analyis; search aplication; search asyptotic; search Banch; search biyective; search boudary; search Caley; search caracteristic; search Cauchy+Swartz; search, SEDE Cauchy+Shwartz; search, SEDE Cauchy+Schwartz; ...


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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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In general, I prefer more tags to fewer tags. Assuming I would like to read all calculus questions (heaven forbid), it's a lot easier to mark calculus as a favorite tag than to have to keep track of dozens of sub-tags. Related: I was just getting a little annoyed with another user who removed the in my opinion most relevant tag from a bunch of his (own) ...


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First, for the specific edit, I think the UK vs US spelling is not the main point. In the post the spelling was mixed it said (my emphasis): "[...] should we block the capacity to favorite a question [...]" yet then "[...] lots of questions which have more favourites than [...]". To the best of my knowledge it is generally discouraged to mix the spelling ...


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No. $\displaystyle\sum_{x}^{y}$ is not an improvement over $\sum_{x}^{y}$. Display style mathematics should be used in displays, and in a diminishingly small number of other circumstances. Display style math in an inline context stretches the vertical space on that line (which makes the line spacing inconsistent; see above), and is generally considered ...


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I use edits on answers almost exclusively to fix typos - that is, to fix things which the poster probably didn't intend originally. Obviously, misspelled words and obvious grammatical errors should be fixed by edits (it'll be far harder to communicate where the error is than to just fix it anyways). This does include mathematical errors - however, one should ...


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Nope. If you are to share in the upvotes of an edited question, then you're to share in the downvotes as well. And that would discourage the editing of questions that already have downvotes. This would hurt new users the most. Put yourself in the shoes a new user. You don't know anything about how math formatting works on this site. You ask a question that ...


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Yes, it is okay. More than that, it's useful, provided that the edit does indeed improve the post significantly. Diligent reviewers will notice that the question is still a duplicate [assuming it wasn't incorrectly marked as a duplicate of course] and vote to "Leave Closed". Then you trade a few minutes of reviewing time for three reviewers against a ...


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Here are three options. Just make the edit. Better: make the edit, and leave a comment thanking the other user for drawing your attention to the problem. Best (in my opinion): make the edit, and also edit into your question a word of thanks to the user for pointing out the problem. This way the user can delete the comment, and no one gets confused about ...


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I'm for it. I have been making an effort lately to do this myself. I am sick of seeing titles like "Proof about a semigroup" (an example taken from the front page right at this moment). This provides absolutely no information, and there's no reason why the title can't be "In a semigroup, $ab=ba\Rightarrow (ab)^k=a^kb^k$." In fact, I don't see any reason ...


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It works like this. People can post solutions to problems all they want without MathJax/LaTeX, which is the lingua franca here. I do not have to bother reading their solution. If the OP believes it unfair that his/her solution does not get the requisite attention, then they can continue to post as they always have with the same results. I had a ...


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