I've been noticing for a while what some edits do not actually edit something. As in this post I understand "Dr." being changed to "Doctor", but there's also "spiritual" and "metaphysical" seem to be edited, but nothing actually changed. enter image description here

What is the reason for that?

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    Switch to side-by-side markdown mode and you'll see the difference immediately
    – Valorum
    Feb 12, 2019 at 12:44

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It is usually due to a markdown change.

In this specific example I removed a couple of the > that get inserted in the middle of a sentence when you click "Insert quote" button. You can see this if you review the side-by-side markdown version.

Image showing markdown revision differences

As for why I did this, well, it's easier to edit a sentence when it's all on one line and doesn't have the > in the middle.

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