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Is there a way to easily propose tag deletion except by making a meta post?

This post had the tag t on it - I have edited the post and deleted the tag. But once created, the tag continues to exist. From the looks of it, this tag was created by mistake and should thus be ...
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Removal of answer content by moderator --- edit detracts from the answer

My recent answer to a question about how to address racist comments has been edited by a moderator (eykanal) to remove a substantial portion of the content. As authority for the edit the moderator ...
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Handling of off-topic content in an answer

In this highly active question about how to respond to misrepresentation of one's research, one of the answers dwells on the scientific substance of the matter rather than on the question of how to ...
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Was the edit removing religious aspects OK?

I was reading an answer to a question (https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/160520/15446) when it got edited to remove the religious aspects. The answer is very poor and does not bring anything new (...
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Did this question have a thank-you note added by somebody other than the person who asked it?

The revision history of this question seems to be saying that edit #6 is the addition of a thank-you note where the question-asker apparently thanks the people who answered the question: Thank you to ...
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Is the word "Bizarre" too loaded with negative meaning?

I find myself uncomfortable with the title of this question, but don't want to get into an edit war, and the question is at the moment both protected and close to closure: Is it bizarre that a ...
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Was this answer edited too heavily?

This question about patent infringement yielded a few moderately contentious answers, as judged by the number of flags on the question. One of them simply stated that China was a dictatorship with ...
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Request on rephrasing

Hеllo, I am asking here regarding the answer of user B. Goddard to the following question: Should I intervene when a colleague in a different department makes students run laps as part of their ...
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How far should we go when editing somebody else’s question to prevent closure?

This is a follow-up to Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?, where Buffy remarked: Let me note that there have been other questions here ...
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Links to Beall's List are broken and need to be fixed

Beall's List was an influential list of predatory journals, but it doesn't exist any more (and hasn't since mid January 2017). You might already know that, but did you know that there are over 60 ...
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Hit approve instead of reject on a suggested edit

I accidently hit approve instead of reject on a suggested edit on Academia SE. Is there anything I can/should do about it like an undo or something like this?
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Why did a “related post” link get edited into my answer?

This answer got edited to have a link to a related question at the top. I have since rolled it back. The question is sort of related, but not the same situation. I don’t see how the link adds ...
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How to avoid edit war?

Participant A suggested I remove a particular paragraph from an answer I wrote; I explained why I was choosing to leave that paragraph in my answer; then Participant B removed the paragraph on his own ...
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What to do with posters editing errors back into their question

This question made me think of asking, but it's actually the third time I've come across it in the last few months. In one earlier case the user actually rolled back edits fixing their grammar. This ...
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How to suggest edits for locked posts?

I was looking at the question here: https://academia.stackexchange.com/q/80469/19607 which is currently locked and was rejected for migration from Math SE. I agree the question is not appropriate ...
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Edit/Delete timeout on chat

I was in an awkward position a few weeks ago when I tried to introduce a colleague of mine to Academia Stack Exchange. This colleague has a neuro/muscular disorder that makes typing quite difficult. ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

What advice do you have for users who have just discovered the edit capability? What makes a "good edit" on Academia.SE? Note: I have made one suggestion per answer, so that people can vote on them ...
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Edited question, but reviewers refuse to reopen it. Why?

I posted the question and some members complained that is not understandable, one of the high reputation member edited question to fit the rules, he did a good job, but reviewers refuse to recognise ...
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How do I revert edits on my question?

I asked this question How do the advantages of a flipped classroom overcome timing issues? and got some good answers, focussed on my concerns. The title has now been edited to something that is too ...
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Should I remove the background in the question if I see the answers don't use this information?

Should a dismissal from PhD in graduate application be listed as academic misconduct? I find the background part in this question doesn't give useful information, or at least the answers don't use it....
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How do I flag an improper edit of a title?

In a question (Can I write a paper on a method that is novel but yields similar results compared to existing methods?), someone edited the title and introduced the word "wrong" which I believe was ...
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Would there be a way to save this question that generated the weirdest thread I've seen here?

I saw this question: Why not outsource the research projects to phd students? It's so badly formulated that it generated a series of comments and answers that have no real connection with each ...
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Should we remove or modify content that distracts from the question?

There have been, especially in potentially controversial posts, several situations where the content of an asker's question has contained what can really only be described as a rant or a subjective ...
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Why can another user edit my answer to a completely different content without my review or permission?

A user with a much higher reputation just edited my answer. That's okay, a lot of others have changed posts from me e.g. to correct spelling/grammar (I'm no English native speaker). But now ...
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Please don't edit away all the questions in a post

Although the questions in the original version of this post were an implicit request for advice which should probably have been closed as "cannot be generalized to others", there was at least ...
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Thank you sentences and greetings under posts, should they be edited?

In some questions, users write some greeting sentences like thank you for your attention. or any advice is appreciated. or other sentences like these by which the users want to express that they are ...
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Preserving 'original intent' in closed questions?

In this community, there is often a sense that authorial intent is important, and that editors should strive to change an author's words as little as possible. I strongly agree with this sense, but ...
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Is it appropriate to suggest edits to duplicate questions?

This question Can I reference the abstract? is a duplicate but I found it by searching and the title confused me. It's actually about "Can I reference other things in my abstract?". I wanted to ...
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What are specific considerations when reviewing posts on Academia.SE?

As the users gain higher reputations, they have access to some moderation tools which allows them to review the posts of the website. When reviewing some posts from on Academia.SE; Basically, what ...
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What is the etiquette on edits to other people's posts for subjective style changes?

Academia.SE users (myself included) have been known to make edits to other users' posts that are merely a matter of style. For example, edits that: Add semi-colons to the end of list items. For ...
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Is adding clickable links to widely known sites useful?

I am raising this question in response to a comment thread on this post. I'm not asking about that particular post, but about the practice in general. The question is about editing posts that mention ...
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Academia's policy on broken links in posts

I have seen many questions and answers in which a link is provided and after a while, the link is corrupted, out of date, changed or currently is not accessible. Unfortunately, there is no ...
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Suggestions for avoiding disruption when retagging?

There has been general agreement here on meta that our tags are not in great shape, to say the least. Big tags like phd and graduate-school are beyond the scope of this particular post, and need ...
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Editing "weak" questions that are closed for being off-topic without resolving the reason for the closure

Should questions that are closed for being off-topic be edited for formatting, grammar, retagging, or other issues that don't resolve the reason the question was closed? Is this a valid reason for ...
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Should we edit questions to match how they were answered?

Consider this question: Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology This question attracted interesting answers (I'm excluding mine from this judgment). Most of ...
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Minor edits of other people's questions

I am confused by the instructions about editing Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include: To fix grammar and spelling ...
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Edits disappearing?

I found this question interesting so I took a few minutes to remove a variety of typos ("gouvernemental", etc.). I saved the edits, double-checked the question and closed the page. Later I come ...
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When is an edit not an edit any more?

As a community, where do we want to draw the line between editing old off-topic closed questions and changing them completely? This recently edited question has received many comments (well, a few ...
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