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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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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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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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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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I am the guy who made this edit and I am very sorry for that~ I am not a native English speaker and I was using an online grammar checking plugin. The reason I edited the post is that "Grammarly" suggested the edit. I will try to avoid such situations. Best regards.


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First, I agree with the previous answer concerning this issue. From the number of up-votes it gets and the fact that those posts are still recent, you can assume that the answers reflect how the community see this issue. However, there's not much the community can do. There is very little moderation concerning edit review tasks. As long as those users ...


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Yes, there is a reason. Edits bump your question to the top of the page. Deletion and undeletion doesn't. If you delete your question, edit it, say to include racial slurs, illegal links, and the truth about the JFK assassination, wait for two weeks, and then undelete it, you have effectively managed to deface a question and most likely, no one will notice ...


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It is possible to earn at most 1000 reputation points through suggested edits. See: Why is there a limit on edit reputation reward? "Can I earn reputation?" section in: How do suggested edits work? End of the first paragraph in: How does editing work? Why are points given for editing? You can check your reputation breakdown at this link: https://math....


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When you have k<p the parser breaks down and omits the remainder of the paragraph. This is one of the main reasons why it is important to properly format questions like this with $\rm\LaTeX$.


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My own answer: I think the person with the new material should either put it in a separate answer mentioning the first one, or suggest it to the writer of the first answer, maybe offering to do the work of editing it in but not simply edit into the answer. To my mind that's not really an edit. Also, the author and editor might be aiming for different ...


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Leave the question. In this case the question is interesting even after you correct the error. Sometimes I see a question that is answered in a comment by pointing out a simple error that makes the question trivial or uninteresting. In that case I recommend that the OP delete it, since the question is unlikely to be useful to anyone else and should not ...


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Moderators can edit comments. Thus, if one comes across a broken comment one can flag the comment "something else" and point out that there is broken formatting and request a fix. This is perfectly acceptable and we usually will try to do what we can to restore the comment. However, please, do not flood us with such request. Instead, focus on things you ...


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The answer by Arctic Char makes some good points, but let me add two things. Moderators can and do act on irregular or otherwise poor reviewing. Indeed, for this type of problem it is relatively easy for us to do something. It is possible to revoke review-privileges of users (without suspending them altogether). We do this at times, for various reasons. ...


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This comes up with some frequency and is a concern and reason for annoyances on various sides. A short version is that of course it would be more convenient for the asker if there was no restriction imposed on them, but we need to try to keep everyone's concerns in mind. Some more detailed remarks: The software restrictions that answer posts prevent ...


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Editing answers to improve them is a generally good idea, but sometimes people don't like it when posts are edited away from the OP's intent. There is a wide gray area in the middle that's a bit hard to navigate. But should you find yourself uncertain, it is always find to post a better, complete answer. Further, one should think of comments as being ...


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Nice edit! I can see why you'd suggest that edit, and why you'd be confused that it was rejected. Let me share a little background that might make this a bit more comprehensible. This site appears to have a culture of rejecting major edits to other people's answers, presumably on the basis that you are putting words in someone else's mouth or deviating ...


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I would say that for a minor error (grammar, typo, inconsequential arithmetic error) that suggesting an edit is the recommended course. For an error that is substantial enough that you must rewrite a large part of the answer, I would either leave a comment or another answer, depending on the length of the section to be added. Neither of these actions would ...


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I think this gets ultimately to the purpose of the title in the first place: in my view, the title of a question is not in general supposed to constitute the entire question itself. Rather, its main function is to clearly advertise (in a good way) the question. That is, I don't think that it's reasonable to require that a question be answerable without ...


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You have put a in the middle of the question identifier (that number after /questions/ in the URL), which is why the link didn't work. The link itself only depends on that number, so you can even use https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3225642/this-can-be-anything-really-it-doesnt-matter, and it would work just fine.


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You can also use standard image html, of the form <img src="image/source.png" width="image_width" height="image_height">, except with the quoted constants filled in appropriately. For example, I've included a manually resized version of your graph. <img src="https://i.stack.imgur.com/jrHvg.png" width="450" height="300">


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Another important point on modifying questions that already have answers is that it can lead to confusion by later readers. If I answer a question that says “Is it possible for X to happen?”, then the questioner decides the answer means the question is not what he meant and modifies to say “Is it possible for Z to happen when Y also happens?” a future user ...


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The way you proceeded was good. The main goal is that the current version is best possible. You could leave a remark in the edit summary, something like "fixed typo introduced in preceding revision." This might help to avoid confusions down the road. As you point out yourself in a comment, if the original version has two different questions it's more ...


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A post that needs to be edited, needs to be edited. A green tick doesn't change that. If this makes it no longer the most useful answer, the asker can remove the tick or change it to the answer that does help them. But more likely, the edits only make the answer more useful, so the reason for the tick isn't affected. Consider the other side of this, too. ...


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"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time." -- Pascal When I answer questions on math.stackexchange, I often put a lot of effort into making my answer short and concise. (At least I aim to be concise, whether or not I succeed.) So I don't think substantial new material should be edited into an answer by another user. On the other ...


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What to do when you answered a question and after some time the question is edit adding more information or changing the question so your answered now has nothing to do with the new question? I feel like either of two courses could be taken: You could notify the questioner that this is not kosher, that they should rollback the edits so that the answers ...


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