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Has something happened to shift keys recently?

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like people's shift keys are getting flaky. Maybe it's a manufacturing problem, but I'm afraid it's not. Why would someone go to the effort of capitalizing some words ...
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Editing questions recently put on hold (don't do trivial edits on recently closed questions)

I've already mentioned this to a couple of editors in the /dev/chat chat, but I think it may be worth mentioning in a Meta post as well. Please don't make trivial edits to questions that were ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

[paraphrased position 1] Generally, if people abstained from doing edits that are just removing "thanks" and context phrasing (without doing any other improvements), that would be great. I ...
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Remove useless-uses-of-cat or not?

Sometimes I come across superfluous uses of cat, e.g.: $ cat file | grep pattern instead of: $ grep pattern file or: $ cat file | somecommand options instead of: $ somecommand options < file ...
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Edits making links inline

Systematically going back through posts and making every link inline does not necessarily improve the wiki. There are a couple of instances where it has the opposite effect: where the link is in a ...
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Is it OK to massively edit a question after receiving a couple responses?

I asked a question while not knowing enough to clearly state my issue. (Here is the question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/q/108842/15010 .) I received a couple responses that helped me get on the ...
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Trivial edits to remove posts from the close queue?

Background: Recently when reviewing in the close vote queue, I came across a post that I was pretty sure I had seen some weeks prior. So after a bit of investigation I determined that I had in fact ...
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Should questions be updated with information gleaned from comments?

Answering a question correctly sometimes requires asking for the original asker to try some new things or post some new information. These requests are often asked as comments to the question. ...
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editing an answer to add code example, and then it was reverted

on this answer https://unix.stackexchange.com/posts/283528/revisions I added example code to actually accomplish what was in the answer. It said use tool XYZ and I showed how to use it specifically as ...
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Is it ok to change the meaning of question titles?

Is it fine to change the meaning of a title because the OP didn't know what he/she was looking for?
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Is it appropriate to reword questions to make them more generic in prep to make them community wiki?

Just as the title says: is it appropriate to reword questions to make them more generic? I've seen a lot of questions that ask the same thing; however, the titles aren't related and the average user ...
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What to do with a misleading part of the question?

This question about PATH has a perfectly valid part (Question 1) which has great answers and a score of 267 which show how useful it is. However, the question also has a much longer second part (...
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inform about edits after downvotes

You can change your vote for a question (or answer) after it has been edited. Quite often at least questions improve soon (because the questioner is told that the question is bad and what information ...
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To what extent are changes to posts of others OK? When does the meaning change?

Because it came up again in some of the comments of a particular question here once of at all: To what extent are changes to posts of others OK? Background: don_crissti hijacked someone else's answer ...
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Dealing with substantial improvements to answers

Some suggested edits are substantial improvements to the original answers, to the point of being better answers by themselves. Is there a recommended way to deal with these? On one hand they are ...
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Why can't I edit a question I have reviewed

Or, why are my approvals of other user's edits not actioned in the same way my own edits are? I have noticed that, should I approve or improve an edit by another member of the community under the ...
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Why was this edit rolled back?

A while ago I edited this answer to include a brief description of the link. As I understand it, answers that are just links aren't recommended as the link could break or the contents could change. I ...
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Editing older questions frowned upon?

I was on the review tab and forgot I had selected "View All". So I went around editing badly formatted questions and inadvertently bumping them to the top of the front page. Is this frowned upon by ...
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improving closed questions without reopening

I edited this post, which had been put on hold as primary opinion based. Although I did not get to review it in the Close Review queue, I would have voted to close it myself as well. I did not want ...
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Undoing an edit by someone else

My question has been edited by a >2k-rep user in a way which makes it oddly formatted (code-quoting of brand names) and grammatically incorrect. Is there a way to undo the edit, apart from just making ...
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Is it right to edit a new user answer right away?

I know etiquette about editing has been heavily discussed, both on this meta and on StackExchange-meta but I couldn't find an answer for a particular problem. I found this answer on Unix&Linux. ...
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An edit for answer changes it considerably. Should I allow it?

I have a privilege to review pending edits for answers. One edit changes the answer considerably - not only providing minor fixes, but adding external knowledge and changing the answer to the point ...
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Why aren’t simultaneous edits locked out (made exclusive)?

Twice today I have clicked on the “edit” link for a post, spent several minutes working on it, and then clicked on “Save Edits”, only to be told Another edit is awaiting approval for this post. ...
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Can the system check for "[enter code here]" in the text?

I wanted to answer this question, and while doing so decided to change the two commands in the text to preformatted text. IIRC I selected the text in the rendered output, and not (as I should have) in ...
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Adding a tag which refers to the best answer in the case of /sed and /awk when there is also /text-processing?

Here is an edit suggestion which adds a sed tag to a question: https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/177179 This question does not mention sed anywhere and originally only had the awk ...
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Since I hit 2K rep, I no longer get reputation from edits. Is this intentional?

The title basically sums it up. I just edited a question and while I'm not 100% sure that I didn't get +2 reputation from the edit - since I didn't look at my reputation count before, only after - my ...
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Best practice: add and harmonize missing input filenames for Qs & As?

Some coding questions provide sample input files but don't get around to naming the input file. The answerers often make up their own unique input filenames, like "file", "input", "inputfile", or "...
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How to remove tag?

I accidentally created new tag while editing a question. I need to remove from this site. Is there any privileges required to do so? Or It will automatically get removed after I delete from the ...
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Preferences for batch-mode edits?

I like to improve the site where I can; one of my many SEDE queries looks for common typos. Ideally, I would fill some smallish amount of time going through those posts and correcting the typos. When ...
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Edit conflicts resolution

Suppose that there are disagreements about editing an answer. People with direct editing privilege, the post owner and the moderators, have different opinions about editing this post. So someone could ...
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tutorials/guidelines on posting

I'd like to have some link on tutorials on how to post on this site. Whenever I post something containing code someone else (possibly moderator) is re-editing and re-formatting my post. Where can I ...
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Why can't I edit this post?

Strangely, the edit link is missing from this post when I tried to reformat the wall of unformatted text in his post... How do I access a digital camera drive via usb after safely removing it?
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editing guidelines for Unix SE

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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Suggested edit custom reject reason box UI issue

The suggested edit rejection dialog looks a bit strange right now - the custom rejection reason text box is a bit too wide compared to the dialog box. Chrome 16: can't resize the custom text box ...
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See the source of a post when the edit button is disabled

Recently, I saw a nicely formatted question and wanted to see how it was generated, meaning I want to see the "syntax". But the Edit Button is Disabled and the popup text says "editing not allowed on ...
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Editing before vote to close

In this question on meta I requested that the [Edit] button on the Close Vote review queue items would not imply that I want to leave the question open. The cause of this, is that questions are ...
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Wrong prompt when editing questions with disallowed tag

When editing a question with tag that isn't allowed, the message below is shown which incorrectly uses 'Your answer' instead of 'Your edit': Oops! Your answer couldn't be submitted because: ...
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Confirm or rollback this edit

Here I (and someone else) have approved an edit into the most upvoted answer, which was suggested by comment at 2017, but later I saw that this edit (--progress) exists already in this answer from ...
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Edits: How trivial is trivial?

I've had a scan and can't find a specific meta question for this. I'm at the stage where I'm being offered edits for review. There are quite a few edits where the change is to modify maybe two lines ...
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Completely changed answer: edit or new answer?

In a recent post I changed my answer completely, so I edited it. But then I thought that, being a "new" answer, it should be a separate one, so I posted a new answer. (I just let the previous one ...
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why my "posts edited" count decrements?

My question is related to "Activity Profile". And particularly for "posts edited" (Total number of edits made to improve existing posts). I observed from few days that my count of "posts edited" ...
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Wiki contributions: using and attributing external sources?

When creating tag wikis, there is a lot of already established documentation that can be adapted to and used directly in the wiki for this purpose. I made an edit on arch-linux, using Arch Linux's ...
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Editing items that should be closed even after editing

Today the following item was in the Close Votes Review Queue: Its bothering me On iftop i can see ip-172---2.ec2.internal Connected to my ubuntu ec2 server for long long time ?? This address doesn'...
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What should I do with minor edits made, where I must put much effort into getting it into *usable* state

This is not a duplicate of this question, I believe. I must put much effort into getting it into his pretty useless edits to be in usable state. Should I Reject and edit, or Improve an edit, thus ...
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Editing best practices

I was looking at this recent question. Out of curiosity, what's the deal with removing "Thanks!" and the meaning of the question in the topic? (I think version 1 was perfectly fine.)
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Dealing with questionable edits?

Sometimes a post is edited in a way that changes the author's intent, and the edit somehow ends up being approved. Take for example this edit: it adds a paragraph (the last one) with no correspondent ...
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Cannot change tags of a particular question

I have tried to add the bashrc and bash-profile tags to How to fix infinite bash loop (bashrc + bash_profile) when ssh-ing into an ec2 server? but after clicking "save tag edits" the tags ...
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Is there a shortcut for reviewing suggested edits?

I was just about to edit a post full of errors when I saw that there was already an edit waiting for approval that covered about 95% of what I was going to do. Is there any shortcut where I can ...
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"Edit Summary" How to edit a post correctly?

After editing a post, I always put the original text (word, command line etc.) that I removed into the Edit Summary. For example, if I removed "plz help me" or "i need help plzz", that's what I put in ...
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Viewing posts that you've edited, but were later deleted or merged?

I noticed that I lost four points of reputation earlier, and the number of posts I've edited was also reduced by two. Is there any way for me to tell which of the posts I edited were merged or deleted?...