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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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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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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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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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I don't know why you would call this a "punishment." It makes sense for new users to have more avenues for increasing their reputation, since they need to in order to get more privileges and make a bigger contribution to the site. And if users above 2000 rep could get reputation for editing without overview, what's to stop them from constantly editing the ...


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My main concern is that extensive content (as opposed to formatting) editing, especially very quickly after the post is made, provides reinforcement for the OP to not make an effort in making his or her answers intelligible in the future. I am also bothered by the "I don't know where to begin" addition; we've seen too many posters who post a plain question ...


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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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I personally do not think so. I see nothing wrong with editing older questions, and improving the quality of posts on this site. Old answers are occasionally looked over, and are not gone forever. (and sometimes they are forgotten to soon! IE exact duplicates) Perhaps what you are concerned about is people trying to squeeze a little more reputation out ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Focusing on the answerer and the answer rather seems to distract from the main issue. In general, an edit to a question should not change the question as intended originally. The questioner asked a question they need an answer to. It seems clear that one should not change the question to a different one against the intent (and the interests) of the ...


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An experience I recently had might answer this. I was so misled by a question title that I went ahead and spent half an hour writing an answer to the wrong thing, which I then had to discard. So I edited the question title, to save anyone else being similarly misled. The first reviewer accepted the edit. The second reviewer rejected it. The third reviewer ...


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