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Is it acceptable to use an NSFW word in a question?

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 ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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Can we please not change American to British English and vice-versa?

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. ...
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Editing another user's questions

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'...
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Was I right to roll this edit back?

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 ...
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Editing a question to add details that the querent doesn't want to add

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 ...
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I disagree with the approved edit made to the title of my question. Should I edit it back?

...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 ...
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What's up with prominent users editing blatantly off topic posts?

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 ...
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Was I right to roll this edit back?

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 ...
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16 votes
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Are users allowed to add information when editing a Story-Identification question?

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 ...
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Should we edit obviously wrong questions?

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 ...
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14 votes
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Was I right to reject this edit?

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 ...
Jason Baker's user avatar
14 votes

Was I right to roll this edit back?

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 ...
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Should somebody remove the "edit to add" part of somebody else's question?

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 ...
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Is it OK to edit an answer just to rescind one's own old vote?

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" ...
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14 votes
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What's up with prominent users editing blatantly off topic posts?

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 ...
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14 votes

Editing old posts with no improvement whatsoever

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 ...
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The Big Edit Event (is finished)

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 ...
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Was I right to roll this edit back?

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 ...
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Editing another user's questions

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 ...
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13 votes
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Can we fix broken Memory Alpha links?

Finally had a bit to get this taken care of. I poked around and noticed that there were 1920 outdated URLs that were redirecting (for most people) from memory-alpha.wikia.com to memory-alpha.fandom....
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Was I right to reject this edit?

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 ...
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11 votes

How much editing is too much?

I think you should just make a new post and recommend that one be deleted. My own rule of thumb is this: I don't put more effort into editing a post than the author put into their post in the first ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
11 votes

Editing a question to add details that the querent doesn't want to add

There's a few different things going on here. I'll take them in order of importance. 1) Stop editing this question. Once the OP has explicitly rejected your edit, stop being a jerk by continuing to ...
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Should we edit obviously wrong questions?

When you spot an obvious error, you should absolutely correct it, ideally as soon as possible in order to prevent the OP from suffering from drive-by downvotes (from users who've stopped by to ...
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Can we please not change American to British English and vice-versa?

I think this is an instance of Hanlon's Razor Hanlon's razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways including "never assume bad intentions when assuming stupidity is enough" Wikipedia. I've ...
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Can we fix broken Memory Alpha links?

I've talked with the community team about this. Since the redirect seems to be working for almost everyone, they're putting it in the backlog and will get to it sooner or later. If the redirect breaks ...
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How to handle answers edited to add something that appears to infringe copyright

Since I was the user that made the edit let me address your points in this post in order. Firstly, the reason I made the edit in the first place is because providing the link on its own isn't great as ...
TheLethalCarrot's user avatar
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10 votes
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What is the correct way to thank an editor?

Post a comment under your (edited) question that says Thank you @Whoever for your kind edit. Note that 'thank you' comments are considered low-value, so don't be too alarmed if they eventually get ...
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9 votes
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How much should one edit an edit?

If an edit has improved the question but left more improvement still to be done, then by all means go ahead and do that improvement - just as you would have done if you'd come across the question ...
Rand al'Thor's user avatar
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9 votes

Are edits supposed to add information/content to an answer?

Yes, adding information is fine (if it’s not too much at once). Quoting from the Help Centre on editing: When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to ...
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