Questions tagged [editing]

Editing is a core, fundamental Stack Exchange value; we allow editing by registered and unregistered users (if peer reviewed).

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“Unified” answers

A user with almost 20k reputation has edited all the answers of "You are your self first supporter", a more proper way to say it to have "consistent" numbering amongst the answers. This ...
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Should a refutation to an answer be added to the question?

Can "strong" be used as a noun? In this question there is a situation that the word "strong" seems to be ungrammatical or even nonsense. But because the source is a clip, not a text, therefore some ...
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How far does one go when copyediting?

I was editing a few questions but was cautious as to how strongly I should correct orthographic mistakes? I went with the strategy of adjusting the endings of individual words to better capture the ...
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Suggestion for helping ELLers in general and their questions

It occurred to me that when we edit questions for punctuation or use of capitals or lower-case letters, and also make minor usage corrections (prepositions or verb tense), it might be useful to put ...
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How should we review format edits?

I am feeling increasingly iffy about where the line should be drawn with regard to certain edits on formatting. For example, this edit struck me as sensible because the editor @Maryam highlighted the ...
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Old answers help OP gets clear on what they want, but this would make them disqualified. Should new requests be added to the question?

For example, the original revision of the question Is there an idiomatic way to say "go to the path of no way out"? only asked for "the only way to get out is to go backward". After receiving some ...
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Why was my edit rejected, although I consider it substantial?

Following up on several comments I made in a recent Meta discussion, I edited a question today. The OP of that question is asking about a specific passage from an online article. They posted the link ...
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Why sometimes my question shows “modified by”, but the content hasn't been edited?

Why sometimes my question shows "modified by", but the content hasn't been edited? For example, my most recent question shows in the list that it has been modified by a user. But in fact, when I ...
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I want to talk about some recent corrections

One of my questions has recently been edited and I’d like to know why “is gone” is used was changed to “is gone” used, in fact people use that thing rather than is gone uses something, i.e. this gotta ...
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My comment edited by someone else

My comment here did not originally include the google search link. In fact, I intentionally did not do this style of link. However, it looks like I did to anyone reading, and I have no way to correct ...
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Is it okay for me to edit my old posts?

When I was a novice user on ELL, I asked lots of silly questions because I was—and maybe am still—an incompetent speaker of English. I'm happy that our contributors treated those posts ...
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Is it possible to edit questions that have answers?

I am new to this site. Is it possible here to edit questions which already have answers?
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Question about uncorrected errors

I have noticed on this forum that answers are accepted, irrespective of minor errors. I am saying this because I have seen some of the answers with wrong capitalization and others with minor grammar ...
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An Editing Manual

UNDER CONSTRUCTION I noticed (or re-noticed, studies say people's attention span on the internet decreases by . . . Oh I love that GIF, it never gets old) that we have an Editor's Lounge. Nice. ...
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Extensive edits and bounty allocation by same user

On the following question there was a 150 rep bounty which was allocated to an answer after the bounty proposer had largely edited it. This is an unusual course of action that I have never seen ...
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Informality, modern messaging, and editing

The "acceptable" modes of messaging and exchange of information are constantly evolving. A forum such as this one was unimaginable* just twenty years ago, yet today it can seem positively antiquated ...
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After editing a question, what should I do if I understand that sentence is too broad or something?

I usually edit questions that are not very well-formatted. In fact, before reading such a question, I instantly start to edit it. In other words, I read and edit the questions simultaneously. Recently,...
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notify poster of need to clarify, but not via comments?

While editing a post, I realized a sentence's unclear meaning made completing the edit unconscionable. I might change the meaning. Likely such is not at all uncommon here on ELL. I'm not asking for ...
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Is an edit to change only “formatting” warranted on ELL?

Since I joined this community, I've noticed many edits which seem to be trivial and not helpful enough to this community. The edit guidelines on ELL's help center clearly states that "tiny, trivial ...
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Is the minimum character edit limit useful?

I sometimes see a clear, well-framed question with one tiny but glaring error, for example "have" instead of "had" or "loosen" instead of "looser". It's a good question, but a good answer is going to ...
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If I have editing powers, can I/should I go on an editing spree to remove a tag?

I was looking through some old meta posts, mostly about tags, and I found this post. I originally thought: Hey, I can fix this! There are only 7 tags, and I have editing power, so I can get rid of ...
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Why was my edit rejected even though the OP requested edits?

I just proposed an edit to this answer at When to pronounce ‹s› as /z/ in the middle of words? My edit basically fixed some formatting, and added additional tendencies and example words. My proposed ...
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Is it really pointless to edit questions to use correct English on ELL?

I would have thought that, on a site aimed at language learners, it would be helpful to edit questions so they at least use correct English. The following edits have had rejections when they ...
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How to know if a question edit is too big?

Generally on SE sites there are rules about not significantly changing a question after it has been answered. This is a problem because it can invalidate the answers. This question on Meta is highly ...
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Changing the title of a somewhat unclear question to literally say that it is an unclear question, and nothing more

I just saw a question with a peculiarly meta title; when I looked at it, it seemed normal enough for the most part, except the title. Turns out, a high-rep user had rewritten just the title to ...
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Do you see the need for “buzzwords-in-question-titles” edits?

I see a pretty similar discussion (no, not that similar) here. It's an ancient tradition in chemistry.SE to edit the buzzwords in question titles. (Don't think so? Take a look at these: 1, 2, 3, and ...
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Considering different English varieties

In the question When can we omit “does” in the question sentence, the OP asked a question, and Invoker answered it, which is fairly straightforward. However, in the answer, he stated that: We only ...
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How come I can cast/review close votes, but not have my edits apply immediately/review suggested edits?

First off, I understand on a technical level that I can't do this because these are the milestones set by the site, but I wanted to know why it was this way. On StackOverflow, you require 3000 rep ...
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Using symbols without explanation

Several posts use symbols, such as asterisks, without explaining what they are supposed to mean. Because of this, users may not know what they mean, particularly if they are not linguists. Such ...
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What's our editing policy?

I am now invited to review proposed edits on this site, and would like some guidance from the Community. This morning I was presented with an edit to this question. It consisted of adding a single ...
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How much editing is too much editing?

Many of our users will not have extensive written English skills. We can't give a lot of feedback about the edits we make in the description box, but those edits might make it difficult for the OP to ...