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There is an excellent Stack Exchange meta post on this subject: Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts?. Salutations should be automatically detected by SE servers and deleted on the spot (source). Sign offs, on the other hand, are not automatically deleted. There is much controversy on meta as to whether or not these should ...


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I do delete sign offs but only if I'm editing the question for some other reason so as to avoid bumping it unnecessarily.


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I believe most users do not care about statements of urgency. We are all volunteers here, hence, we are free to follow our own schedule. If the question is very new it is ok to remove the urgency statement. However, if it is an old thread, I'd say that the edit should be more substantial. Time sensitive questions is a Meta SE Q&A which supports your ...


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...should the email be removed? Yes, personal information goes in the user profile page. Posts must be kept as clean as possible, i.e, without user signatures, salutations, and other kinds of unrelated messages with the Q/A content.


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Yes, I think that this is the correct course of action. This means that the images will stay active (in Stack Exchange's Imgur account) even if the current linked images disappear. Stack Exchange Imgur images are permanent, whereas images stored in user's own (usually free) accounts can disappear at any time. The images in this Question appear to have ...


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At the beginning of this site, we aimed to have full-sentence questions as titles, as described in Using questions as titles? A good title is formulated as a question, is grammatically correct, uses consistent capitalization, occupies one line or less, and clearly indicates the main point. Later, it was questioned if having 1000s of question starting ...


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I haven't found anything official, however a look around Meta SO and Meta SE netted a few Q&As regarding edit limits on questions. It appears there may be a limit of 5 edits, however this is on older questions (more than a day or two old). This limit is there primarily to prevent rage-quitting and vandalism. See Should the 5 edit limit prevent you ...


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Your edits require the approval of other members with higher reputation. If you're only changing a few characters this is using up time of these other users for often trivial changes. Once you have more reputation you will be able to make these edits. See Are we discouraged from fixing typos and misspellings on Stack Exchange sites?, particularly the ...


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It depends. A question does not necessarily have to be about one specific software to be considered not broad, as long as it is specific enough in details to avoid five users casting a close vote as 'too broad' (or even 'unclear'). So that is, questions about software can also be closed as 'too broad', or 'unclear'. Asking about means of accomplishing a ...


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This is part of the Stack Exchange mechanism for posting "Drafts are stored in redis for 7 days, with each site having storage for one draft question and one draft answer per user." for a clearer answer Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting


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This is a case where an edit to their question has stranded your answer to their original question. The same edit has included an answer in the area reserved for questions. The solution to both situations is to rollback their edit which I will do now. I have not checked to see whether you have the privilege to do this too but I would expect that you do. ...


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I don't think it's necessarily up to the author of the original answer to update it. Many people don't return to the site after answering. However, anyone can answer a question with newer, more relevant information. Over time, that answer might get more votes than the original and float to the top. The asker may then accept it over a previously accepted ...


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What I would do is the following (consider the context of an edit war between OP and another user): Edit Q in good faith trying to improve the post, like you did. If OP rolls it back (and it bothers you), try leaving a comment explaining why you think the edit is valid (it may happen OP rolled it back because he/she did not agree with something about the ...


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If no questions with that tag, it will disappear on its own in about 24 hours.


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I had to go looking for what I think is the answer to this: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/256567/which-edits-push-closed-questions-to-the-reopen-review-queue/256572#256572 I think what @Shog9 is saying at the above link is that, if a question is closed, then it can only be placed in the re-open queue once. After eligible users vote for it to be ...


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New users are encouraged to make edits to gain reputation to unlock privileges such as commenting. Sources: How does a lurker gain reputation to receive privilege for commenting? Why do I need 50 reputation to comment? What can I do instead? Asking for clarifications with less than 50 reputation points? To be consistent with the accepted answers to those ...


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I prefer not to use the term "best practice" but what I would do is to edit the question to correct it, and include a link to a reference that supports the 254 character limit.


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As per the Research Assistant badge requirements, is it possible that you have only been editing tag wiki excerpts and not the body of those tag wikis? I just checked a couple of your tag wiki edits and they look like they were excerpt only.


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From the Meta Q&A (Why does the Community ♦ user approve and reject edits?) suggested by @AndreSilva it looks like this may apply: If a user with full editing privileges for a post (including the original poster) begins editing the post at the same time as you, and they save their edit after you have already suggested it, then your suggested ...


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Somebody has to tell you, or you stumble upon it by accident: Click your icon (top menu bar) to see your "user profile". Click activity (fourth menu bar). Click all (fifth menu bar) to see your suggestions and those that were accepted. Click suggested edit on suggestions that appear not to have been accepted, to see reason.


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I'll say a couple of things about this specific example first. I note that, as already pointed out, the edit was made by the asker and that raises the question why they did not change the accepted answer if they wanted one to appear above another. The accepted answer always appears first, regardless of vote count, unless it was posted by the asker in which ...


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One technique I use (frequently) is to copy the entire contents of a draft and paste it into a local text document. If you want more capabilities than that, you can preview, save, and manage your drafts on the StackEdit site at https://stackedit.io/app# .


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To directly answer your Question, I think how much a Question can be edited before it is a different Question is something we each have our own line on. However, the degree of editing on this one, albeit well intentioned and far from reckless, was more than I would be comfortable to do. However, going back to the trigger for this discussion, I did vote to ...


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Thanks for starting the discussion. As the person who made the edits, of course I considered whether it was appropriate to make such sweeping changes to the original question. A few facts that played into my decision-making: The Q&A had just been put on hold after 3 years of its life (perhaps we need a separate discussion on why that was done) The Q&...


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I made a mistake when reviewing that Q&A by enhancing the edit instead of rolling it back and suggesting that the asker unaccept the first (~50 votes) answer in order to accept the second (~20 votes) answer. That would have brought the second answer to the top. I thought the intent of the asker/editor was clear and free of any malice. They were trying ...


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Option (#) 1 is out of the table, because it would be an "attempt to reply" (custom reason for rejecting edit-suggestions from <2k users) and could also be considered a "conflict with the author's intention" (another custom reason). This leaves #2 and #3. A nuance from the way the question is written, I'd suggest you going with number #2, but #3 is also ...


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I think this is a hard call. Unless the edit queue needs to be invoked, I think anything that makes a question easier to read warrants an edit. When the edit queue is required, then I think an edit should be just a little more substantial than the one in your picture. As much as possible our Q&As are intended to be timeless, so I don't think their ...


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If I understand your question then it can be summarised in these three dot points: You are wanting to provide guidance principally to those with the privilege to edit questions, i.e. a reputation of 2,000+ (less experienced users are much less likely to be ready for nuanced editing), for when they see a question that needs improvement, but has already been ...


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