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Make posts better, but don't impose your personal style Usually we try to leave style up to the author of the post, and edit mainly for spelling/grammar, clarity, and readability (e.g. break up walls of text). If you have a preferred style for your own posts, that's great, but it's not necessary to impose that on other users' posts.


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Avoid edits to "on hold" questions that will never be reopened Editing a post that is "on hold" pushes it into a review queue for reopening. If you make cosmetic edits to a post that is "on hold" and is irredeemable (is inherently off topic for the site and won't be reopened), then it just wastes reviewer time: people have to review your edits if you have ...


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Let's distinguish between "can" and "should." Another user can edit your answer to a completely different answer because there is no automated system that clearly distinguish between a complex but sense-preserving edit and a sense-modifying edit. On this site, where there is a great deal of personal "voice" expected in answers, there is generally a strong ...


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Edits bump posts Keep in mind that edits bump posts back to the front page. It's not a big deal to bump recent posts, and also not a big deal to bump old posts if it's only a few. But if you ever have the urge to edit 100 old posts all at once, it's probably a good idea to ask about it on meta first. Many users don't like when the front page is full of ...


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Add Missing Body Questions Sometimes, an asker will put a question in a title, but never actually put the question in the body, treating the two as though they were a single piece of prose. For readability, it is best that both the title and the body be able to stand alone. Thus, it is good practice to add such a "missing body question" into the ...


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Leave the problems you're not certain how to fix alone. If a post has multiple things wrong with it, some may be easier to fix than others. Fix only the problems that you are certain that you have a good solution to, and leave the others for later. Doing this makes an incremental improvement and easy approval. If your edits stretch too far, however, it ...


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Fix all the problems in the post Try to fix everything that is wrong with the question all at once. For example, if you are editing a question to fix a grammar error, also check if maybe some tags are not applied correctly and remove those, remove thanks and greetings, etc. (See the help center). If the author of the post has provided new information in the ...


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Be aware of culturally different spellings and word usages It is well known that there are different, but correct, spellings for certain words. Examples are color and colour, behaviour and behavior, analyse and analyze. An editor should not change the author's version of the spellings to their own. However, it may be acceptable to make the spellings ...


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Don't engage in edit wars If your edit is rolled back (either by the original author of the post or another user), don't get in an edit war. If the edit is minor, let it go. If the edit is substantial and you think the user may have reverted your edit accidentally, or without understanding why you have made it, you can leave a comment explaining your ...


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Proposed Guideline I think two good lines to draw are: Answers to the edited question must still be potentially useful for the asker. The context of the question should not be distorted, i.e., no information should be added or changed. (Removing irrelevant details and including information from comments by the asker is fine though.) Rationale The main ...


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Personally, I find these links to well-known sites distracting more than helpful. They're in a different color, so they pull my focus They make posts "feel" kind of spammy I click on them accidentally more often than I do on purpose They make the more useful, non-obvious links stand out less (I also do not like edits linking to a user's Academia.SE page ...


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Not all typos and misspellings are created equal. Typos in question titles should always be fixed, in my opinion, as they're what a user initially interacts with. Lots of typos makes the site look less professional. Beyond that, however, "small" corrections should be avoided unless the typo corrects the meaning of a sentence by replacing an incorrect word ...


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Suggested edits by editors with <2k rep If you have less than 2k rep, all of your edits have to be reviewed by multiple reviewers. Also, further edits to the post are blocked until your edit has been reviewed and either applied or rejected. That is another reason not to suggest a huge number of edits all at once, and to make an effort to fix everything ...


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Great question. I would propose that the answer is yes, after some time (>2 days) has passed since last activity. Relatedly, this should be a rare occurrence. My rationale is that once the question has been viewed, edited, commented on, and answered, it's value is in it's searchability. After two days of quiet, it's probably safe to say that the question is ...


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There was never really a viable question there. It was (and remains) a long, rambling, "here's my [boyfriend's] story, what do you think?" The edits were pretty much pointless. The question should have just been put on hold straight away, for the OP to to edit down to a specific answerable question.


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Note that it may not be intentional - weird things can happen if the OP has a post open for editing, someone else edits the post, and then the OP submits their edit. Anyways, what to do? As suggested here: If your edit is rolled back (either by the original author of the post or another user), don't get in an edit war. If the edit is minor, let ...


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To answer the question, this is the right place to bring it up. If two users, or groups of users, get into an editing war, a mod will lock the post until things can get sorted out. Hopefully, by raising the issue in meta the issue will get sorted. I am not sure what the right answer is in regards to the title in question. It might be best to ask a specific ...


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I don't think the word "bizarre" is too loaded with negative meaning, but to me it is more negative than "unusual". If the word bizarre was in the body of the question and I was editing it for another reason, I would probably change it. I would not edit the body of a question to only change the word "bizarre". In the word was used in the title of a question, ...


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I would distinguish between duplicate question, non-duplicate questions that on hold and could possibly be reopened, and non-duplicate questions that are on hold and have no chance of being reopened (e.g. are wildly off topic). Duplicate questions are not going to be deleted; they should reflect the quality we expect of all questions on this site, and if ...


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They are not germane to the text of the question, and therefore need not be preserved. My preference is to remove such text. If the question is "fresh," then I would think that an edit just to remove such text is appropriate. However, I would not edit an old question, as this is not a significant enough change to the question that would merit moving it to ...


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I am not moved by the fact that the original question should have been deleted (eventually). That is the proper fate for it. If we are concerned for Ran G's rep just wait sixty days before killing it; but that period has already elapsed, so we've even good that way. On the other hand, I think the rule that edits should not make large changes to the meaning ...


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If you ask me, it clearly isn’t; the suggested edit should have been rejected. Even if the link were related to your answer, you should decide whether this link really reflects your intentions. I only consider others adding links to a post appropriate when it is for providing prerequisite information (e.g., linking to the Wikipedia article for some not ...


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The url posted by @eykanal https://beallslist.weebly.com/ includes the original Beall's list, and at the bottom of the page new additions. It is a reasonable replacement. (Among the names of these publishers, my favorite is the "WIT Press" one, that bets on confusing it with the "MIT Press" of course since a "W" is just a "M" upside down, right?) Some ...


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For the question involved, the question was changed, the comments were deleted because they "were no longer relevant," and the people who gave answers to the original question were asked if they wanted to revise their answers. In short, the old question and comments were, in effect, deleted, and the old answers needed to be updated. You might as well make ...


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To summarize David Richerby's comments: Everybody knows where to find those sites so the links aren't useful... I'm not convinced that bulk-editing to add links to sites that are way more famous than this one is worthwhile. More specifically, I (DR) think it's very unlikely that somebody reading a post here on Academia.SE will think, "Ooh. Twitter. ...


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There isn't really a "policy" here. Please feel free to update links that are out-of-date. However, to quote from a similar discussion on Meta: The standard way to deal with this is to make the answer not rely on a link in the first place. An answer should contain some sort of relevant summary, excerpt, or explanation from the content it links to so that ...


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I think the best way to minimize disruptions is to make sure the changes to the tags are correct. Removing needed tags or adding unneeded tags is a huge disruption and requires intervention from people. Further, if a particular users edits/efforts are not highly reliable, this can cause other users to want to constantly review the user's edits. This seems ...


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This is tough to answer definitively, as questions like this tend to lie somewhere on the continuum between "enormous wall of text" to "concise relevant backstory". As bad as it is to say it, my recommendation is "use your judgment". If there's so much text as to make it (1) unlikely that anyone will actually read it and (2) impossible to follow the actual ...


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Leave a comment about your significant (particularly uncertain) edits If you made a significant edit, particularly if you're not sure if you've preserved the author's meaning, leave a comment for the author saying what you did, possibly asking if it's what they meant. This may make the author more appreciative of your edits and mitigate reactions like this:...


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Is there anything I can/should do about it like an undo or something like this? No, there isn’t (probably it would be needed only very rarely). All you can do is wait for the edit to finally fail or pass review and act upon it in the latter case. If I am identifying your case correctly, the former should just have happened. Do not worry too much. Nobody is ...


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