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. 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". 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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