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I already saw this question and its edit history due to a flag last night, so I've had some time to think about it. Here's my proposal for some general guidelines to cover situations like this. It's OK to use NSFW language if that's an important part of the question. E.g. for story-ID questions like this, if the story used a word which is obscene but also ...


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The simplest rule is that you shouldn't correct overseas spellings. As much as it pains me to say it, both variants of English (US and UK) are equally valid and shouldn't be considered misspellings. On a personal note, I never correct overseas non-standard English spellings when editing and in fact, I'll go one step further and when editing an answer, if ...


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No. Adding a note to their answer saying "THIS IS WRONG, SEE MY ANSWER BELOW" would be a form of vandalism. The correct procedure is to add a comment explaining why the answer is wrong. The answer will then be (gradually) outvoted by your correct answer. It might take years but them's is the downside of a vote-based system. You might also want to address a ...


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Welcome :) The purpose of this forum is to ask and answer questions related to science fiction and fantasy, yes, but it is not a casual forum. It's totally normal here for users to edit other users' questions and answers. Please do not feel insulted or barraged by this. I repeat, it's totally normal for this forum. Stack Exchange as a whole exists to ...


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We should leave Matt Gutting's revision in place. Don't roll it back. I'm inclined toward that Matt Gutting should have posted their own answer rather than revise that one. I have a personal rule of thumb that I don't put more effort into revising a post than the author put into that post in the first place, and I think in future situations like this, ...


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No, edits intentionally always bump the question; it's part of the peer-review process that keeps the network well-groomed. As a matter of fact, there have been a number of pushes to get moderators that ability, and even they have been declined. It's fine to bump questions with properly substantive edits, just try to rate-limit yourself so no more than ~4 ...


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First of all, lets get this out of the way, so we can focus on the real question: Edit Wars Are Bad, Stop Having Them If you make an edit to a question, and the OP rolls it back, stop there. If you want to make an edit to a question and you see that it's been edited before and then reverted, stop there. Don't keep making edits that the OP is just going to ...


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...is it okay for the OP to roll back approved edits to the question if he/she disagrees with it? Generally, yes. The community typically defers to the wishes of the OP if the OP expresses a disagreement with the nature of an edit. There are a few exceptions in which an edit should not be rolled back even if the OP wants to do so, including but not limited ...


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As a general rule of thumb, I’m fairly conservative about adding media to somebody else’s post. I feel like media draws attention more than text (look at teh shiny), so I don’t want to add it unless it adds clear and indisputable value to the post. Usually this means my media edits are fairly minor. Two examples spring to mind: If the OP clearly knows about ...


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Since the edit (if done properly) would not change the fundamental basis of the question, I see no harm. The OP clarified his question in a comment I am questioning why he was even given a leadership role given his poor emotional control. The good leaders I have met have good emotional control. Changing Why was he appointed captain of DS9 given ...


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Oh wow. I didn't realize I'd be upsetting the hornet's nest on this. My rationale in changing it in the first place was that it was clearly an insufficient answer. If it had been flagged and come up in the review queue I would have been given the opportunity to edit it and mark it acceptable. Granted it wasn't flagged, at least not that I saw, but it was ...


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Abbreviations reminder, just in case: DV = downvote, VTC/VTD = vote to close/delete, LQP = low quality posts. First, as Kevin pointed out in a comment, there are a couple of reasons to edit off-topic questions. Removing or fixing bad tags. In case the post later gets edited in an on-topic, non-dupe question, the tags will already be sorted out. It's a ...


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Information added to a story ID question by another user may change the meaning of the question because the other user (editor) may be recalling a similar but different story. According to the help center's information on editing, this is not the proper use of the editing privilege (emphasis added): When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make ...


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I don't see why not. Images should support the answer; they should not be the answer. In theory, images in answers should be self-documenting; the context around the image should adequately describe what the image contains. For example, Richard's answer here contains two images, which act as evidence for the claims made around them: The 1960s Batman series ...


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I would say you made a good choice. At least one other user (Wad Cheber) agreed with your assessment, as do I. I don't believe there's any specific guidance laid out anywhere, but the edit rejection reasons give you some clues: Spam or vandalism is pretty straightforward: edits that introduce promotional content, or deface the post for no reasons, should ...


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I wouldn't have rejected it in the queue. It doesn't change the meaning of the answer - it adds relevant information. It's always good to improve a bad answer and make it good - it's better than leaving bad content around. I know that I've certainly added supporting quotes to answers that I felt needed them, sometimes resulting in adding several thousand ...


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Consensus on main meta is that "EDIT" or similar words in the body of an edited post are rarely needed, nor helpful. accepted answer to "When is “EDIT”/“UPDATE” appropriate in a post?" The link to the edit history at the bottom of the post will show users what edits were made to the post if anyone cares to look. If you feel that comment(s) are made ...


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Voters should be able to change their votes, even if it requires the answer to be edited. But those edits must have some value. To be frank, I've never been clear on why votes need to be "locked in" after a certain amount of time and if I feel, upon later reflection (or if I learn more about a particular canon) that my vote needs to change, I've never had ...


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Since your question is specifically about "blatantly off-topic posts", I'll restrict this answer to the context where the questions are clearly off-topic and none of the users involved want to reopen them. There's usually no point in editing such posts ... Questions which are off-topic should usually end up deleted, and in many cases will be automatically ...


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These edits are improving the posts so there is no action to be taken except, maybe, saying thank you for taking the time to do it. Wookiee and Wookieepedia are commonly misspelled and I know the editor in this case is going through correcting these typos. In your examples he also corrects old wikia links to the new fandom ones: a useful edit as we don’t ...


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No. Commenting and voting are the tools we have for “correcting” the balance if an answer is incorrect. Inserting chunks of text into other people’s post because you don’t like their answer is an abuse of editing privileges, as well as being just plain rude. Is it unfortunate that an answer is “incorrect”? Perhaps, but not enough to justify vandalising ...


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Acknowledgements Let's have a big round of applause for all those who helped take part in the Big Edit Event (that image shows the number of edits made from Saturday/Sunday midnight up to now; I believe Valorum was the only person who took part on Saturday but less on Sunday): Special thanks to CreationEdge, who not only did nearly 2000 manual edits all by ...


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Does it make the answer better? Yes it definitely does. Another person with <2k rep had suggested the same edit as you, and I had rejected it on the grounds that it actively harms the answer Was Matt Gutting right in adding those parts? It's not up to us. If it's their decision to add those parts to an otherwise (not my words) low quality answer, instead ...


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You are partly right about this site, and partly not quite right. You say: I thought this was an informal forum (like many others similar) where one could ask a simple question and receive a few answers. That's mostly true. This is a Q&A site, where you can ask questions and you can get answers. But it's not like most other similar sites in that the ...


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I feel that this should follow the same exact rules as (a) editing in text and (b) inserting media in your own posts: If the media is unnecessary and doesn't add any useful information to the post, it shouldn't be there. Whether it was added by the OP or a side editor is wholly irrelevant. We already have reasonably decent (if a bit vague) guidelines on ...


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You were absolutely right to reject this edit. The addition was basically a commentary and pretty darned rude to boot. [although one could argue that "high education" and "high capital" aren't exactly the first things that come to mind when someone mentions America]. The reason for your rejection is personal preference, but I'd class it as vandalism ...


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Yes, I think the way you handled it was just fine. You noted that the information was brought to your attention by another answer, and improved and expanded on it. instead of just copy-and-pasting it. Remember that in the end, we are a collaborative site, not a competitive one, despite the existence of reputation.


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