22 votes
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What to do with mediocre edits with "blah blah" edit message?

Assuming that the suggested edit is good enough that you would consider accepting it, based on its own merits, and ignoring the comment, here’s a possible approach: The first time you see something ...
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How to handle mass minor edits from a user?

I have been reviewing the user's edits and, for the vast majority, they are actually quite helpful. Yes, they are more geared towards grammar and formatting, but overall, edits of this type do lift ...
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How useful are the markdown tags for keys?

I agree that it's likely a low rep user, attempting to gain rep, which is fine. I would put this to you, is the edit worthwhile enough that it makes the Q or A better than it was before? If so then ...
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Edit Review Rejections

I have to agree with derobert. I don't see a single valid edit in your profile. In fact, I have rolled back the two that were approved. Let's look at your edits: https://unix.stackexchange.com/review/...
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"Suggestion should be comment", but it really shouldn't

Your edit was indeed helpful. Your changes were absolutely improving the answer and, as you said, it wouldn't even run without the missing quote. Most importantly, you fixed the (( failed )) || return ...
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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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Reconsider "no improvement whatsoever" rejection

You may have a point in general, but I fear your example is a bad one. That edit was absolutely harmful! It changed a correct grammatical question ("How can I?") into something that is ...
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Clarification on rejected edit

Thank you for improving Unix Stack Exchange! Your edit suggestion was indeed best as an edit to the existing answer. It's a minor increment to the existing answer, so it's best added to that answer ...
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Reviewing edits

I agree with your reluctance around this. Given no examples in the answer used that switch, adding it seems superfluous and I would've rejected it with this reason: clearly conflicts with author'...
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Edit Review Rejections

Looking at your profile, it seems you've made edit suggestions on What makes a distribution GNU and are there Linux distributions, that are not GNU? mainly changing "operating system" to "system ...
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How to handle mass minor edits from a user?

Before suggested edits were revamped last year, there was a rejection reason for this case. It read: too minor - This edit is too minor; suggested edits should be substantive improvements ...
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What do I do when a user edits their question with another account

This generally happens because they posted the question on an unregistered account and then later registered one when they realized they would need to follow-up on comments. I have yet to come across ...
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How was my suggested edit not useful?

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, ...
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Please take a look at this vandalism post

This was a 'snow shoe' spammer, and they often target very short posts because they think folks are less likely to notice the edits (yes, they're that dumb). I dug into our live DB and fetched the ...
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What’s the course of action when you think someone is being unjust?

I'd like to give a little feedback; I (obviously?) don't speak for G-Man or anyone else. First: thank you for helping to improve the site! I still remember the days of getting +2 reputation from ...
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Retracting an edit suggestion

I have rejected your edit so no harm done. In my opinion, this is not something that happens often enough to merit a feature. Next time, just pop into the main site's chat room and ask someone there ...
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Rejected question edit

Based on the diff in the suggestion, you did change random things: n=0 became n=1, an ((n++)) went missing, as did a skip=0 argument, possibly other things. Changing code in a question is risky ...
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How did this edit got around the minimum 6 character limit?

This is just my perspective on it; I don't know exactly how the SE code calculates the changes (apart from having just learned that the differences are calculated after applying Markdown). According ...
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Reconsider "no improvement whatsoever" rejection

On the reviewer side, there's a meaningful difference between the current message: This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. ...
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Reviewing edits

I don’t know it this is an abuse of the causes harm option but I sometimes treat it as a general purpose method for providing custom feedback to the editor – so that they learn something from the ...
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I tried updating info in an answer but the suggested edit got rejected

As one of the rejecters: yes, it would have been appropriate to post a new answer with your rationale for the changes. Introducing that much new information without the original author's involvement (...
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6 votes
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Please take a look at this vandalism post

Wow, that's been going on forever. Supposedly users are banned at the IP level if their edits are rejected too much. I can't tell if these were all submitted by the same IP or not, and there's no way ...
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Please take a look at this vandalism post

There is a protection in place that silently rejects suggested edits that completely rewrite a post. However it only triggers on posts that are sufficiently long, because the detection of “completely ...
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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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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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Can't suggest an edit or flag the missing image, because the post is locked

It is a feature. The point of locking a post is to keep it from being developed by the community (edits, answers, anything) until the author fixes whatever rules it violates. It sucks when there is ...
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4 votes
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Edited and got two points for it but it isn't showing up anywhere in my stats or achivements

You edited a question that was then deleted. So, while your edit was approved and you got your +2, you can't see the post in your profile because the question is no longer visible to you.
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Reviewing Suggested Edits

If any of your posts (questions or answers) are edited, you will receive a message letting you know. If the user who edited the post has less than 2k reputation, you will be given the chance to ...
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Review a minor suggested edit

A bug in suggested edits was tracked down where around 100 older suggested edits had been missed¹. ¹ Do I get a special badge now, having reviewed one of these unique suggested edits?
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"Suggestion should be comment", but it really shouldn't

I agree that the first version of the answer was severely flawed — I’m the one who down voted. I agree that it’s OK for edits to fix technical errors in answers.  Reviewers often reject such edits ...
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