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Has something happened to shift keys recently?

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 ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

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 ...
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Jeff Schaller-Why do you put your picture up on every edit?

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 ...
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tutorials/guidelines on posting

Moderators could well do editing, 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 ...
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Why was this edit rolled back?

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-...
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Has something happened to shift keys recently?

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. (...
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editing an answer to add code example, and then it was reverted

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! ...
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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?

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 ...
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To what extent are changes to posts of others OK? When does the meaning change?

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 ...
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Has something happened to shift keys recently?

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 ...
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Editing: command tools format

There's a great, relevant quote in this Meta SO answer: If such a user gives one of my posts a terminal case of Lyme disease by adding twenty back-ticks then, bam, a quick rollback is all it takes to ...
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Is it noise to ask "Could anybody help me?"

I find it very hard to read "can anyone help me" as anything but noise. I just don't see that it adds any value or justifies the post's existence in any way. As a request it's implied by ...
Philip Couling's user avatar
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tutorials/guidelines on posting

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 ...
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Best practice: add and harmonize missing input filenames for Qs & As?

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 ...
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Is it noise to ask "Could anybody help me?"

I strongly believe any post published as a question should contain an actual explicit question. Personally I prefer it in the body, but if it's only in the title then it's not that bad either. Having ...
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Trivial edits to remove posts from the close queue?

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 ...
Anthony Geoghegan's user avatar
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I don't get why my question needs an edit

Your version loses the line breaks, which makes it much harder to read than the edited versions. Compare your version: with this edited version:
Stephen Kitt's user avatar
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"Edit Summary" How to edit a post correctly?

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 ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

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 ...
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inform about edits after downvotes

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'...
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Completely changed answer: edit or new answer?

If your existing answer had received votes (up- or down-), I would restrict edits to improvements on that answer. If it had not yet received any votes, I say go ahead and change it completely if you ...
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An edit for answer changes it considerably. Should I allow it?

The Stack Overflow (site, not company) policy on this is to reject any edits which change the content, and not form, of the answer. I call this dumb. (I've had this debate there.) We are not here to ...
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Confirm or rollback this edit

I think it's fine. After all, the end result here is that the accepted answer (which will be shown first since it is accepted) is now more correct. Nobody copied anyone else and what we really care ...
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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?

When I tag, I do it in the context of the question, which is exactly what the help center tells us: A tag is a word or phrase that describes the topic of the question. Tags are a means of ...
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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 largely a question of personal preference. If you feel the editor didn't really put in enough work and is just creating work for the reviewers, you can reject. If you're in a good mood and ...
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Dealing with questionable edits?

If you see an edit your strongly disagree with, you have the following options: If you have enough rep, fix it yourself or, if you don't, suggest an edit fixing it. If you disagree with the entire ...
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Viewing posts that you've edited, but were later deleted or merged?

You had edited these two posts (1,2) which were later closed and subsequently deleted. I'm afraid there's no way for you to see them before you get 10k rep, but your edit was fine in case you were ...
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Editing other people's posts to remove "thanks"

Personally I feel that any edit is worth making. If it's just the removal of "Thanks" or the OP's name from the post this is fine. Putting questions into their best possible light is only a win, and ...
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Editing questions recently put on hold (don't do trivial edits on recently closed questions)

The only reason why this specific edit is undesirable is because how the system works. The edit itself isn't undesirable. Stack Exchange sites want to be a FAQ, and FAQ's don't include anything but ...
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