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It's the downside of success: this site is growing, and that means we're attracting more and more people who don't necessarily know what they're doing. Seeing a sloppily-worded question lowers my urge to help, too. The less well-worded a question is, the higher the chance is that I'll simply ignore it when I'm browsing the question list. If I do decide to ...


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The most important thing for a new user asking a question is to get answers. When someone's first contact with the site is to ask a question, that's usually because they have a problem to solve, not because they want to join a community. Joining a community comes later, if the community has proven to be useful or interesting. So when evaluating questions ...


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The profile picture (including the username and reputation points etc.) of the most recent user editing a post, whether moderator or not, is attached to the post together with information about when the edit was made. This is not in any way special to Jeff's edits, moderator edits or edits made by other people. If someone else subsequently edits the post,...


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I agree with improving existing answers; so does the help center: When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged! Some common reasons to edit are: to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it to correct minor ...


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Leave the original in place and try and make it so that it's as clearly in line with the A's. Then start a new Q and post your learnings as a new A. Also reference the original so that others see the linkages.


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I have been doing my share of i -> I changes and I feel your pain. We all make mistakes, especially if English is not the first language, but consistency in spelling is something one can expect IMO. (The other thing that greatly annoys me is having no spaces behind punctuation, or having some before punctuation (assuming reading from left to right)). I was ...


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Editing could well be done by moderators, but there's only a few of us and there's a lot of other users that edit questions too. Editing is done to correct formatting issues that otherwise would potentially make a question (or answer) difficult to read, and sometimes we correct spelling mistakes and grammar, or we move clarifications from comments into the ...


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You did absolutely nothing wrong. Quite the opposite, your edit was useful and made the post into an actual answer. Without your edit, that wasn't a valid answer for this site. Thanks! I have now re-applied your edit, keep them coming!


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Tags help display questions to the right people. They don't mainly function to describe a question. Tags are mainly additive, not subtractive. People follow tags to hear about new questions in those tags. Its possible to ignore tags as well, but that's only kali-linux ;-). So for the most part, adding a tag adds audience; removing a tag removes audience. ...


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I'm going to take your 2 questions in reverse order. Perhaps there should be a way to gently tell the editor to post the edits as a new answer. As far as I can tell the current interface doesn't allow that though. Comments? Sure there is, you can leave them a comment to this effect. Comments & the chat room (to a lesser degree) are the 2 tools at ...


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I had a similar discussion on Meta SO some time ago. Quite frankly: I consider the SO position dumb. On both Ask Ubuntu and Unix & Linux (I find both these sites are very similar when it comes to editing), several answers have been edited (even extensively) by multiple editors over time. If I see an edit that simplifies commands in a post, or provides ...


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In general, no. Editing each other's posts is a big part of the site, and we can't really be clearing every website with the post author before linking to it, particularly well-known sites like Wikipedia. In this case the links seem pretty unnecessary though, we don't need to link every phrase in a post to the corresponding Wikipedia entry.


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Maybe not an answer for the exact situations you're encountering, but from the little German I've learned, I know Germans capitalize nouns. So, maybe they would have a tendency to write something like "I ate some Fish at my Parents' house". Perhaps there's a pattern in the "random" words you're seeing? From other experiences, I think that people who come ...


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You can make many improvements to questions, but you should leave the intent of the OP as is. And diversity can be of interest as well. What you might consider as "The OP doesn't know what their problem is" might be because of you and the OP having a different background. I, e.g., tend to use the word directory and tend to think of Folder as some beginner (...


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Well, first off, that user is not a new user having started with Stack Overflow 2 years ago. That said, I don't think there is any reason to avoid improvement via editing for posts from new users. In fact, there is a review queue for first posts from new users (link requires 500 rep). One of the things you're encouraged to do is edit posts to improve them. ...


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That would indeed have been a good edit to make but you're quite right that it would have looked strange at first glance. I have now removed the second, misleading question from the post. Thanks for bringing it up.


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First of all, mods can't see who voted on what. That is confidential and only available to SE employees. Also, since you mention it, what you did is a clear abuse of the flagging system. As you figured out, it doesn't work that way and please don't do it again. Now, your question got 4 downvotes and 3 upvotes. That means a net reputation change of +7. Not ...


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If harmonized file names are really useful to follow the question and answers, then please do harmonize them. Pick a sensible set, preferably the one in the question, failing that one used in an answer. Which answer doesn't really matter. Harmonized file names don't always matter. If there's just one input file and one output file, it's easy enough to ...


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Partly echoing Kusalananda's words, I would add a couple of remarks I hope can be of help. First, don't take edits personally. The Stack Exchange platform aims to be unique1: This design choice works well in producing both high quality content and initially puzzled users. Yes, your questions belong to you and, yes, answers should try to solve the issues ...


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You don't need to edit to view the source. Get the post ID (click on share, or look at the question URL, note the first number). For your question, that would be 3559. Go to <site.name>/posts/<ID>/revisions (https://unix.meta.stackexchange.com/posts/3559/revisions, for your question). Click on the source link next to the revision number. (https:...


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What would the text of the policy look like? "Do not add links to sites the OP doesn't like"? That is simply not a reasonable request, especially when the site is Wikipedia... among the most credible sites on the planet. Besides, I believe those edits were made by people who wanted to make the post better. Am curious, what is it that you mistrust about ...


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You get a reputation bonus for editing only when your edit is reviewed by other uses and approved. You don't get a reputation bonus when your edit is immediately taken into account with no one reviewing it. At 2k reputation, you get the privilege to edit questions and answers without supervision. So you no longer get reputation from such edits. At 20k ...


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I think your reaction is both disproportionate (it certainly doesn't warrant the sort of emotive language you used: it's the Internet, it's not personal), and misguided. The user (whoever they are) deserves the reputation for their contribution. In all communities, there are a wide range of roles where people can volunteer their time, commensurate with ...


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I don't know exactly who you're talking about (and I have an idea who) but removing those items is perfectly fine, IMO. So what if he get's 2 points in this manner per edit, as soon as he gets to 2K that incentive goes away and if he continues then he's providing a service, which may be viewed as low value, but non the less it's providing the site with "some"...


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The edit summary should explain to the author of the post and to anyone else who reads it why the edit was made. So, instead of writing "plz help me" there, write something like "Removed irrelevant text" or "There's no reason to write things like 'pls help me'" or some other informative message. The idea is that the user whose post you edited will be able ...


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Your version loses the line breaks, which makes it much harder to read than the edited versions. Compare your version: with this edited version:


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Personal thoughts Only yesterday, I discovered similar behaviour after I edited an answer in the Low Quality Posts queue. At first, I was surprised to find that the review was immediately marked as completed. I would have expected it to remain in the queue and to be subsequently judged on its newer merits. After further consideration, I figured this ...


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I agree more with position 1. It is extremely surprising for a user, to learn that some readers consider "thanks" harmful enough, that they will edit purely to remove it. I saw a similar edit on a question marked as being from a new user. I cannot see enforcing this on new users as being "welcoming". If the poster works out what's going on, it feels like ...


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it would be nice to be informed of edits to a post which one has downvoted I had a similar thought, and chased it down through various Metas, eventually landing at Stack Apps: Get a list of posts you've voted on that have been edited where there's a browser-based userscript that adds a sub-tab to your profile's Votes tab. I use it occasionally by going to ...


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