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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...