I just suggested an edit to the question Extracting text using sed does not work as expected. After a few minutes I checked back and found that an edit had been committed to the question. It was my edit, with a few cosmetic/stylistic changes. (For example, I had used “…” quotes around strings that were also in back-ticks; OK, I accept that that’s non-standard. And indentation and a blockquote that I had added were gone.) But my name was nowhere to be seen, and I didn’t get my two points of reputation. Was this a correct edit review?

  • Your suggested edit put words in the op's mouth.
    – mikeserv
    Jun 24, 2014 at 17:20
  • So what? My suggested edit wasn’t rejected outright; the person who reviewed it kept (i.e., validated) the content of my edit, making only stylistic changes, keeping the Edit Summary unchanged, but denied me “credit”” for it.
    – Scott
    Jun 24, 2014 at 17:25
  • this is a valid point, and is one i did not previously see. This has completely changed my own perspective on this question. Could you make any edit to this at all so that i might reverse my vote? I aplogize for not having seen it sooner.
    – mikeserv
    Jun 24, 2014 at 17:30
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    If it happens only twice a year (and that's once a year each on two different sites), that probably doesn't qualify as "typical".
    – Scott
    Oct 29, 2014 at 0:39
  • Scott - that's another well-made point.
    – mikeserv
    Oct 29, 2014 at 2:09

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Look at the differences between your suggestion and the improvement:

  • Removed an excessive amount of whitespace before the input/output/commands
  • Made the commands blocks instead of inline formatting, which they should be as they're on their own line.
  • Removed the note from a quote block, as it doesn't really belong in one.

This ends up correcting about half of your changes. I would probably have left your edit marked helpful as I'm generous with such things, but I understand why the rejector rejected it.

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