So you guys have granted me enough rep to edit. :D

But before I dig into people's questions/answers, what conventions/rules/guidelines should be followed when editing?

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Obviously we can come up with our own policies, but this has been discussed on the main meta quite a bit, so that's probably a good place to start; What is the etiquette for modifying posts? is particularly helpful. There's also a blog entry on it

  • shot. thanks :)
    – Stefan
    Oct 8, 2010 at 7:16

Up to this point I have only considered doing the following, all of which I feel are within the etiquette of this site:

  • Tags
  • Poor Formatting (ie, properly formatting code)
  • Edits to commands that are either obviously wrong or corrected in the comments. (for example, find -type -f to find -type f)
  • Adding/fixing links (especially since new users have a limit on the links they can post).

I think the following could be appropriate, but would like to see what others think:

  • Fixing the grammar of posts written by users who are not very fluent in English. I don't mean fixing every grammar/spelling mistake (I have certainly made many), but simply making questions readable if they are good questions simply written by someone who doesn't speak English well.
  • Putting Warnings on code that could be especially harmful.
  • Adding a small amount of information to an otherwise excellent post. Often someone has 90% of the answer and I only see the need to point one small thing out. I often post this as a comment, but sometimes it would be nice to have it as part of the answer.
  • anything NOT to do? How do you feel about clarifying titles?
    – Stefan
    Oct 6, 2010 at 20:02
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    I think clarifying titles as another worthwhile editing task. In terms of what not to do, I would basically avoid changing the content of the question or answers unless they are community wikis.
    – Steven D
    Oct 6, 2010 at 22:57
  • I'm fine with all of those things; I'll rewrite an entire question if it's poorly written, as long as I think I'm keeping the author's intent the same. I'm much more hesitant to change content, as I'm always afraid of introducing a mistake inadvertently, but as long as you're quite certain your change is accurate it's probably fine Oct 7, 2010 at 3:57
  • @Stefan I've only clarified maybe once... because someone was like "what blah"? and the person had 'tagged' the post but not otherwise mentioned what in any of it. I mostly try not to change that kind of stuff unless it's glaringly obvious, or causing a problem Nov 6, 2010 at 6:33

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