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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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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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You can reject the edit, as the author, or it rollback. You can leave a comment explaining why you've undid the edit, and if the problem persists (i.e. edits get reapproved), flag the post for moderator attention.

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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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The general policy is that edits, especially suggested edits, should be somewhat complete. For "thanks" specifically here is an old post Is it Discouraged to Write 'Thanks' at the end of one's Post? that says not to edit only for removing that (there is likely still some room for doing it as a normal edit for 'active' posts, but that's ...

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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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Many thanks to @azimut for notifying me of this discussion, and apologies for the inconvenience. I wrongly assumed that the proof contained a simple typo, and I suggested an edit believing that this suggestion would be made to the owner of the answer. I understand now that a better practice is to ask for clarifications in a comment, in such a way as to get ...

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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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As it stands, having merely rejected the edit and given a custom reason won't draw the moderator's attention. For that, the appropriate course of action would be to flag the post to which the edit was suggested for moderator attention, and explain the problem and ideally provide a link to the suggested edit (which you can find under the "activity" tab of ...

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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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When Editing Consider the age of the post. Whenever a post is edited, it is bumped to the top of the Active Questions list on the front page. This crowds out other posts which are also deserving of attention. If a question is relatively old and already has several answers, it likely doesn't need the renewed attention—such a post should not be edited ...

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Note: Improve apparently means that you agree with the edit but think it could've been done better. I've found that the "safest" way of handling review queues is that, whenever you are not exactly sure what is going on, click on the question to view/comment on it in its original form (and not through the review queue). I've been bitten already several ...

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As long as you have the energy to do so, please continue to correct such edits/titles. Unless you have reason not to, assume the editors are well-meaning and just don't know that \displaystyle should generally not be used in titles, and address a comment to them - editors of a question can be @-pinged, although their username does not appear in the auto-...

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First, as a moderator I would not be too happy about vetting such applications. Beyond just the added workload, there will be clearly good cases like yours, but then there will be other cases. Extrapolating from related experience, some will just not take "no" for an answer and this will be one more source of friction. Second, as a user I would point out ...

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Something in this spirit is being tested on SO — it's called «question triage». If the experiment is successful, maybe we can ask to turn it on Math.SE too.

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This is a comment, not a answer, but is too long to fit into the comment box. Like you, I am mostly active on other sites. When I was busy as an edit reviewer on SO, I was fairly strict: "approved 834 edit suggestions and rejected 980 edit suggestions and improved 9 edit suggestions". I am a modest participant on Math.SE, but still have had "220 edit ...

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I have pondered an idea for some time now on a way to get a new user to write a better question. The triage idea is okay but do new users even know their questions are being evaluated? If they don't, how will this method get the user to ask a better question because isn't that the goal? Would it be possible to have new users see a question that is written ...

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I guess it was I that enticed this question, by a comment on your earlier question, so maybe let me clarify what I meant. Here is what I do, when I review an edit: I focus on the edit, with highlighted differences. Often times the situation is clear by doing this, but sometimes there is a doubt on "what is going on in an edit;" this is exacerbated by the ...

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The edit goes too far for an edit. You could have proposed the inclusion in a comment. If the author of the answer does not want it in their post, you could then write your own answer. Note that if the author of the post is in favor of your edit, they can just override the reviewers decision. Thus, it makes sense to err on the side of caution when ...

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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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I think several of your edits were useful and should have been approved. I think edits that add more information about the source of the problem are useful -- especially the edits of yours that added the exercise number. We are building an archive of questions and answers that hopefully will be useful to others in the future, and part of that is helping ...

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You had gotten +2 yesterday for an accepted suggested edit on "Is the following a valid proof that shows a limit does not exist?" This post you had edited, then got deleted for some reason. As a consequence of this the +2 from the suggested edit to that post got invalidated. You were not targeted specifically. It is an automatic consequence of how things ...

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Yes, it's fine to suggest edits to a post's author via comments - the purpose of comments is to improve answers and this behavior falls within that purpose. The minimum character limit is mostly a crude measure to prevent certain abuses of the suggested edit system*, not a judgement on which edits are useful. Note that comments are often used to suggest ...

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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 reason your current edit was rejected is very likely the fact that you deleted the first paragraph, as explained by several others. The reason why this specific reason was chosen is a bit less clear, it might be that the reviewers just thought it fitted relatively best (I'd disagree but this is a detail) or they just saw a relatively big delete and did ...

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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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When a user with the edit privilege (reputation ≥ 2000) submits an edit, any pending suggested edit on the post is automatically rejected. The rejection is marked as performed by Community. You proposed your edit at 16:46:21. Davide submitted his edit at 16:46:38. You both edited from the original version of the post, and Davide's submission overrode yours. ...

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