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"Thank you" sign offs in questions and suggested edits

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 ...
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"Thank you" sign offs in questions and suggested edits

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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Should Statements of Urgency be removed from Questions?

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 ...
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Removing personal email addresses from questions?

...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 ...
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Editing a post with a link to an external website

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 ...
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Why is there excessive question editing?

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, ...
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Answer gets accepted but does not answer revised question

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 ...
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Why can we not edit less than 6 characters?

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 ...
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Limit to the number of times you can edit a question?

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 ...
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Edit that changes a user's choice of software

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 '...
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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

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 ...
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Should deprecated answers be updated?

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 ...
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What to do when question edits were rolled back?

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 ...
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How to delete a misspelled tag?

If no questions with that tag, it will disappear on its own in about 24 hours.
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Is there a limit to the number of times a question is eligible to vote on to reopen after it has been edited?

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 @...
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Is there any point approving minor edits to very old questions?

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 ...
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If an original post gives a misleading assumption in the question should it be edited?

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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Editing highly upvoted answer to redirect attention to different answer with less votes?

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 ...
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Edited tag wiki, but didn't receive tally to research assistant badge?

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 ...
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How can "This edit conflicted with a subsequent edit" happen?

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 ...
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Is there a draft mode for writing questions and answers?

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 ...
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Editing highly upvoted answer to redirect attention to different answer with less votes?

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 ...
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Should I edit an answer, create a new answer, or create a new question (and answer it)?

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 ...
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How much can we edit a question, before it becomes an entirely different question?

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, ...
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How much can we edit a question, before it becomes an entirely different question?

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 ...
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Irrelevant edits to specific close reason in questions with 'on hold' status?

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 ...
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Is there a limit to the number of times a question is eligible to vote on to reopen after it has been edited?

One specific point written in Shog's answer I'd like to emphasize is: A question will only be enqueued once per closure via editing. If a question is put on hold I try to avoid editing it, if the ...
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If an original post gives a misleading assumption in the question should it be edited?

It depends if the misleading assumption is key information to solve OP's question, i.e., when correcting/responding to the misleading assumption is the answer (or significant part of the answer). In ...
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Does Syntax highlighting warrant an edit?

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 ...
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