Questions tagged [editing]

Editing refers to how one should propose/make edits on others posts. Use this tag for questions about how to make edits, or the editing system.

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Please fill in the alt text for images on this site

When linking an image, the word in square brackets is the alternative text (alt-text for short). This gets displayed if the browser can't show the image, but also gets used by screen reading software ...
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Using code ticks for technical term highlighting considered harmful

Lots of users across the Stack Exchange network have developed a habit of using code markup (backticks in Markdown) to give technical terms special formatting that stands out visually. This only seems ...
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Updating an out of date answer versus keeping author intent

It is a given that, with time, questions and answers will become out dated. Good answers will not always apply to future patches, and questions may concern issues that simply do not exist in newer ...
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Please, please, please, don't edit out spam links

So, a Wild User Appears. He posts several answers of dubious quality, all of which include a wildly unrelated commercial link. In other words, SPAM. Now, in each of these cases, well intentioned ...
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Closed 'mod recommendation' Skyrim question - Can this question be improved and then reopened?

This question has been recently closed by a moderator for being a mod recommendation question (which I reckon, as an extension of the 'game recommendations questions are not allowed' policy): How ...
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Edit wars are bad. Don't encourage or participate in them

I've noticed a disturbing trend in the past couple of weeks - there's been a surge in the number of edit wars, including some that have spilled over into Meta. I keep having to cut and paste the ...
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As an editor, do I have room to improve a question even if it changes it a little?

Last night I came across this question in the First Posts Review Queue: What do I need to do when getting "not enough storage spaces" message? Being a Fallout Shelter player myself and ...
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Should a question be modified to include multiple subjects?

Recently, I asked a question about the game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is part of a series of video games called Counter-Strike. Another user pointed out that there was a similar ...
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When should we edit old questions?

During the discussion of this question, two users suggested that editing older posts is harmful. Since that question really has nothing to do with editing old questions (it was suggesting that people ...
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American English spelling vs British English spelling?

Is it correct for people to "correct" British English spelling into American English? I can't see anything in the FAQ about this, and while the site is American in origin, I don't think the British ...
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Do typos or grammatical errors in titles warrant an edit more than ones in the body?

I know that edit significance has been brought up several times here on Meta, and that the consensus so far is that an edit that only improves on a few typos is too minor. However, does a typo in the ...
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How can the Community user bot edit questions?

It seems like the Community user that's supposed to be "a background process to keep this site clean", somehow figured out that an answer contained an unformatted quote and formatted it. Is it ...
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Is there a definition of 'too minor' edits?

As defined by the FAQ on editing: Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include: To fix grammar and spelling ...
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Should we include the game name in questions titles?

Firstly, I personally believe this is not a duplicate of Question with Vague title as this question is a lot more specific while that one covered a broad number of points and was thus difficult to ...
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Is it okay to heavily edit out subjectivity?

A recent question caught my eye because it asked a perfectly valid question, but only one of the eight paragraphs in the question was actually directly related. The others contained subjective ...
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Why does editing a question or an answer resurrect it?

I can understand why if an owner of a question updates it, it should give the question more attention, and if a question has no answer and someone edits it making it more clear, it would make sense to ...
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Changing Pokemon to Pokémon

Many of my posts about Pokemon have been edited. Is changing Pokemon to Pokémon really something best for this exchange? It seems to make it harder for Googlers to find the answers to their ...
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Who is Brett White and why was he a moderator?

Who is Brett White? Is he an employee of Stack Exchange? Does that tiny psi/fork/trident in his username mean he's part of CHAOS? Is he going through highly viewed questions and editing their titles ...
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Oh, look, it's “unreleased content” again

So, apparently we recently had two closure/reopen wars on questions about diablo-3 and specifically the upcoming Reaper of Souls expansion ("What armor and weapons do Crusaders use?" and "How much XP ...
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Please don't discourage new users from using this site

Don't discourage strange or odd new users to use this site. I saw this question with a score of -8 and closed. (I've edited it recently) It was asking about filling some hotel rooms using cheats, ...
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Whats with the recent spurt of chain editing?

There's been a lot of old questions that gets edited and bumped up to the front page. This usually happens in spurts as one person decides to do a particular game they're interested in and makes some ...
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Should I change a question to reflect the answer?

Referring to this question, but applies probably to other questions. Sometime a user has a question, usually a tech issue, which he asks for a specific solution. A suggested answer might suggest a ...
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Is it worth salvaging a closed question that someone else has asked?

Is it okay to edit another user's closed question in the hopes of getting it opened, or should that issue rest solely on the OP himself?
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How can I flag people vandalizing my question with rollback edits?

https://gaming.stackexchange.com/posts/73406/revisions They keep removing the game's name from the title which is absolutely essential for the question to make any sense.
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Extremely trivial edits from 2k+ users? [duplicate]

What's the policy guideline here? Flag the question/answer for intervention by moderators? Examples of extremely trivial edits: ... end will add towards your total, from testing it myself... ...