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Can we please not change American to British English and vice-versa?

Recently, one of my answers was edited. The typo fix is appreciated. The other "fixes" are not. Removing doubled spaces at the end of sentences has no effect on the rendered output, so it just ...
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Is it acceptable to use an NSFW word in a question?

I can't find a FAQ or anything that spells out a policy on the use of four letter words. Is profanity in direct quotes from source material permitted? from 6 years ago seems to imply direct quotes are ...
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Is it appropriate to edit questions for grammar?

How does the community want to respond to questions like: "Is I, Robot Wrote By Isaac Asimov", beyond the issue of Google-able questions? Should they ignore the grammar issues and respond to the ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

Since the dawn of time the posts came, down through the centuries. Err wrong canon. Long time ago, on a site on a server far far away, we had somewhat lower quality standards. (that applies to my own ...
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Editing a question to add details that the querent doesn't want to add

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/posts/161595/revisions This is getting kind of ridiculous. On one hand, it's best to have questions that are conducive to knowing what they're about. On the other hand,...
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What's the etiquette of inserting videos, pictures, or other media into someone else's post?

This topic came up in chat the other day. Is it good form to insert a related, but ultimately unnecessary, animated gif, picture, or some other form of media (say, a YouTube video) into someone else'...
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Is this the correct way to handle this?

So there's an old question about The Walking Dead. At the time of asking, I answered it. A few months ago, new information was found - a game (unreleased at the time of asking) featured the painting ...
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Massive Retagging/Editing

What exactly are the rules for massively editing/retagging questions? Per Gilles in the chat, all efforts like that need to be approved beforehand. And I see his point. Having SO many edits flood the ...
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Can we fix Wikia links before they break?

We've had the broken Memory Alpha-links fixed directly on the database. Thank you, @Shog9 and @Catija. Can we do the same for all Wikia links, since wikia.com has moved to fandom.com? There's a ...
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Should we edit obviously wrong questions?

Why was Benjamin Sisko appointed captain of DS9 given that he has a foul temper with poor emotional control? Benjamin Sisko is prone to emotional outbursts. He has a foul temper and has poor ...
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My edits bump the question, can this be avoided?

I just noticed that when I edit my answers, for grammar, clarity or details I just thought of, the question get bumped to the top in the list of active questions. This struck me as impolite ...
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Can I put image transcriptions to posts as text for searchability?

If you include an image in an answer, you can specify the alt text of the image in brackets. In some posts, the image is an integral part of the answer, in which case the alt text is essential. ...
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Should single character edits be allowed?

I know short edits are discouraged, and rightly so, but I don't think they should be completely disallowed. Sometimes a single character can make a large difference. For example, "Frodo was Sam's ...
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Should we rewrite the 'lightsaber colour' question?

The question Can lightsabers be ochre? has a very comprehensive answer covering all possible lightsaber colours in both canon and Legends. For this reason, other lightsaber-colour questions such as ...
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Award Bounty to Answer Editor

A while back I asked a question and recieved a good answer from a well known site member. It's a solid answer and I have no intention of unselecting it. Recently another answer was provided. This ...
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What's up with prominent users editing blatantly off topic posts?

This is in reference to the two posts made by an user yesterday which were heavily downvoted for being blatantly off topic. However, I noticed some users editing those topics when they ought to be ...
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My post was edited and approved by others, but the corrections were wrong

I made a post a couple of days ago, and someone wrongfully made changes to it with a comment of "spelling correction". While I did misspell one word, the bulk of the changes were for changing "T-Rex" ...
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Can you resize images in a question?

I asked this question, but the images I used are rather large. Can you/how can you resize images in the question (short of downloading the image, resizing it on the computer, and re-uploading the ...
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Is it time to organize a major editing event?

UPDATE: this is happening. See The Big Edit Event (is finished). Stack Exchange is moving all images from http:// links to https:// links. The ones that can are being done automatically, but there ...
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Editing another user's questions

I simply have a question regarding an episode of GOT and my post keeps being edited but not answered. When I tried to comment on that, the user who edited last simply deleted the entire comment. ...
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Should we edit bad answers for grammar?

Example here When reviewing first or potentially bad posts, it's not horribly uncommon to find an answer that not only misses the point, but also has bad grammar or spelling, or is unclear. Being the ...
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Should the questions that ask for “The SOMETHING-est” answer have their answers cleaned up?

We have several questions on SFF which are of the form: What is the work/example that is "QUALITY-iest" for a given objective property. For example, "What is the earliest SciFi book about X", or "...
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Is it acceptable to substantially add text to a post when editing?

I came across this answer in the low quality posts queue: thanks everyone for trying but I remembered the show I was thinking of was called first wave It had been previously edited by another user ...
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How much should one edit an edit?

Are there any established guidelines on how much one should intervene when reviewing an edit? Specifically, when reviewing an edit with several grammatical corrections, but with similar errors left ...
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Is it acceptable for the community to use an answer as Community wiki when it is not marked as such?

Specifically I am talking about this question, the answer to which is getting a lot of suggested edits from new users along with some from veteran users. The question's nature is kind of too-broad (...
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Was I right to reject this edit?

Well, I hit the 2000 rep-mark and up until then I was wondering, what exactly does 2000 rep get you? Well I found out when this review landed in my lap; Edit review for "Why does everyone in Firefly ...
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Was this edit appropriate?

This answer to Inspirations for "Little Nemo in Slumberland" and "Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend?" originally had only the name of the illustrator, and an image taken from an article. ...
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Are spoiler edits becoming excessive?

There seems to be a growing trend lately of question titles being edited to replace any object, person or plot point for a recent movie or TV episode with a vague "this X", resulting in titles like "...
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When Should We Edit a Title?

The most common edit other users do with my posts is to edit my title and change my title's formatting when the formatting is already correct. I have my preference for a title's style and I respect ...
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Are users allowed to add information when editing a Story-Identification question?

Are users allowed to edit information into a question when they think they are asking about the same story? I have posted a question recently. I asked for the title of the book and the name of the ...
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Should somebody remove the “edit to add” part of somebody else's question?

Background info: I wrote a question about "first story to mention only person on planet". One person asked if I wanted stories about a person marooned on a moon or asteroid. Another asked if I ...
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User edit war ending up with spoilers in title and all over StackExchange

Should there be an edit and flag for mods in same action? I have tried to let this user know that his question title is featured and all over StackExchange people who may have not finished all the ...
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Should this title edit be rolled back?

New user Eyeball asked a question with the not entirely coherent title "I am looking for a book of short stories by Isaac Asimov written by other authors" which prompted these comments (among others): ...
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Was I right to roll this edit back?

Matt Gutting added a very considerable amount of detail to this answer... https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/161520/20774 ... turning it from a two sentence stub (that more closely resembled a ...
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The Big Edit Event (is finished)

Now that we have a broad consensus on having an edit event to deal with the broken links caused by the HTTPS update, we now need to coordinate the event itself. UPDATE #2 The Big Event is now (...
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Can we fix broken Memory Alpha links?

It appears that at some point in the recent (distant? I don't know) past, Memory Alpha changed its domain from memory-alpha.wikia.com to memory-alpha.fandom.com. Given the copious number of times ...
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Editing Posts and Rollbacks

I did review Why would people make unnecessary edits? and Is it appropriate to edit questions for grammar? before making this post. I do edit questions for grammar for two main reasons¹. First, ...
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Tag wiki edit history

Unlike questions or answers, tag wikis do not seem to have an “Active” view. Editing a tag wiki does not seem to “bump it,” to my knowledge. The 10k tools have a “new tags” area, but that seems to be ...
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Are edits supposed to add information/content to an answer?

I just approved an edit made to an answer by someone other than the answer's author. It added a piece of information to the answer's list of data. I happened to know the data was a correct addition. (...
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Acceptable to edit an answerer's comment into his answer?

A few days ago I asked When did Morpheus find out the Oracle is a program? I received a good answer from Nerrolken but we had a short discussion in the comments about an issue I mentioned in my ...
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How much editing is too much?

Consider this answer, which appeared on my low-quality queue. A user (ibid) commented a very good link backing up this answer. I then started to edit, but realised afterwards that I had completely ...
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Are there official style rules for names of works?

What are (if any) official rules for giving the names of works (books, TV series, episodes), both in main text, and in quotes? Should they be italicized? Quoted? Both? No rule? Should they differ ...
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Editing tags on old questions that I've answered

A lot of the story-identification questions that I've answered do not have the short-stories tag, although the answer is a short story and the question specifically called for a short story. Can I ...
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Should the question's subject be included in the body?

There are many questions where the question's summary in the subject... ... is continued (as a sentence or a paragraph) on the first line of the question body. A good example of this is What was the ...
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Was this Rollback justified?

Yesterday, I edited the previously-closed question How influential was Dune in the creation of Star Wars? in order to make it less broad. Basically, I changed it from "what are examples of Star Wars ...
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Should we recommend new users to edit their own answers?

A big thing I try and do is get new users to edit their own questions/answers when its required (and not for instance something inflammatory; I edit myself then.) I do this because it gives them a ...
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Is there a reason that stack.imgur.com image resizing parameters don't work on certain images?

In an answer I just posted, it seems that stack.imgur.com is not resizing the images when the letters t or m are added to the filename. As an example, here's bUxeut.jpg and bUxeum.jpg: You may ...
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What is the difference between modified and edited?

While searching through recently active Harry Potter questions I noticed a lot are bumped up because of brand new users who have 'modified' them somehow. However, when I click on modified to see what ...
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What is this no-change edit? How did it happen?

One of my posts was apparently edited, but looking at the history, I see no visible changes. What happened here? (This question is motivated mainly by curiosity, but there must be some sort of bug in ...
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The Markdown Editing Help page cannot be read

The Markdown Editing Page cannot be read...unless having all the helping code/examples being hidden behind a spoiler is on purpose as to not spoil the amazing secrets that proper markdown editing ...