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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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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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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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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Would you like to help shape up our site for Grand Theft Auto 5?

GTA V came out recently. It's quite popular, and has resulted in a humongous traffic boost to Arqade, especially mobile traffic. In fact our mobile traffic was high enough to be over half the mobile ...
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Why was my edit removing superfluous meta content rejected?

I recently made a suggested edit on a question, removing the following content: You may think that this question is nonsense. But to me it's NOT. I'm really curious why. So, down voting is your ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to do when answers contain links that are now borderline malicious?

In regards to this old question, the answer listed is no longer valid as EA sent the site in question a DMCA and shut it down. What's worse though is that the site now links to a cheat website that ...
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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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User keeps editing questions incorrectly

There 's this user that goes around any question he can find and edits it. What the issue is, his edits add exactly zero value to the question. Most of the edits are few new lines, where he sees fit, ...
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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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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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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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How can I edit a typo?

Today I found an answer that has a typo (misspelled gastly), wanted to edit it but couldn't because of minimum character amount. What to do in cases like this one?
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Is there some way to request peer review on an edit?

I just edited this answer, I just reached 2000+ reputation and the edit got imidiately accepted. Is there some way to turn this off? I´m fairly sure this was a good edit, but I have done bad edits ...
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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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Is it okay to edit and completely delete my question to ask your own?

I asked this question some time ago and it was "closed" by moderator badp who then (10 hours ago) edited the question, removing my entire text and replacing it with his own related question. I ...
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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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Should I approve an edit for an old question?

When reviewing suggested edits I came across this edit. I noticed that this edit was for a question from 2011. I was unsure whether I should approve this edit, which was just to add some relevant tags....
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Question Titles that are not Questions but Titles

Should question titles be actual questions or can they be titles? I've been going through a bunch of old questions, and it seems there are quite a few questions with titles that aren't question but ...
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Review queue “edit” link does not display warning messages

When attempting to edit a post from one of the review queues earlier today, it appeared that the "edit" link was non-responsive. Opening the question outside of the review queue, revealed the ...
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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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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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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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What is “rolling back”?

I have seen the gaming.SE Badge "Cleanup: First Rollback" and searched for it but couldn't find anything on to what it refers. What does this mean? How do I roll back (presumably a question, an ...
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Why was my edit of a question title rejected?

As far as I understand, putting the name of a game (aka a tag) in a title is not needed at all, unless its in the flow of the question. Yet one of my edits was rejected because: "This edit does not ...
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Code blocks aren't working correctly when placed after a list

There seems to be something wrong with the code formatting blocks. It seems to be correctly working when done, like so: Working! Definitely working. But, when placed after a list (markdown ...
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Is editing a question to make it more generalized acceptable?

So yesterday, this question was asked. It assumes that the user themselves caused the change and the title reflects that. I answered it, explaining that it was a change for everyone that went in ...
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Was this rollback appropriate? [duplicate]

This is the revision/post I am curious about. Now, I'm not going to start a rollback war and I'm not here to criticize this user's reasoning over why the rollback was needed, rather, to make sure ...
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On the meaning of 'proc'

In many questions and answers on league of legends, I see people refers to "proc" or "procing" like : Do the hits from Lulu's passive (Pix) proc on-hit effects or count for number of hits? Can ...
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Should we edit closed questions?

In the last day, I've noticed a few edits on questions that have been closed for a rather long time (example 1, example 2). While some closed questions can be simply reworded or rephrased to become ...
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What does “Edit removed during grace period” mean?

https://gaming.stackexchange.com/revisions/201413/3 Revision did nothing to alter the question, but the description reads "Edit removed during grace period". What does that even mean? If the edit ...
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Edits from deleted users don't display normally

While browsing the site, I ran across this slightly odd-looking answer: Normally, when a user edits their own post, the full signature isn't duplicated, so I looked at the revision history and found ...
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Is there a limit on how many posts you can edit?

Is there a limit on how many times you can edit? Sometimes the edit button doesn't come up but it comes up after another one of my edits is accepted. Is there a limit on how many edits can be pending ...
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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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Hitting Ctrl and then 'Enter' twice when improving a suggested edit seems to submit it twice - but the second revision is blank

I was reviewing a suggested edit which I chose to 'Improve and Edit'. Whilst editing I tend to use the Ctrl and arrow keys to jump across words quickly. I went to insert a couple of newlines with ...
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How long will my edit ban last?

I was editing some of the wiki tags, and made a rather basic mistake of copying material from sites like Wikipedia. This may seem like blatant error to many of you, but I am a relatively new user, and ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

Recently, I came across this question. I wanted to edit it because of obvious reasons. The title was bad, the question was bad and there was irrelevant text in it. Also, it had the wrong tag. But, ...
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Post preview shows capital letters in tags, but actual post does not

this-tag-is-in-all-caps and shows as such in the preview when editing/composing. After posting, however, the post will show the tag with lowercase letters. A very minor failure of the WYSIWYG, but ...
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If I got a correct answer for an identify-this-game question, should I fix the question? [closed]

Maybe this had already been asked, but I did look first so hopefully not. Due to the nature of game identifying questions, it is not uncommon for the person who asked the question to get some of the ...
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I'm getting “This should be a Suggested Edit” when attempting to Suggest an Edit

I'm getting this error when I attempt to edit a new member's question for readability and clarity. When I choose 'Save Edit' it says the message "This should be a Suggested Edit". Can someone ...
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Should names of consoles and other items be edited for capitalization?

When editing, should console names/brands have capitalization corrected? Are there correct capitalization (should a list be compiled)? E.g. should xbox be edited to Xbox or playstation/Playstation to ...
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What are picture descriptions for?

To add a picture to a post you create a text in [...] and a number next to it that indicates the number to the image link just like normal links, and add a ! before it. While with a normal link the ...
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Are long titles bad titles?

Is there anything with long titles? I don't know what the community thinks. Should they be concise and short, to the point? Or can they be long, and explain more stuff? For clarification, long, at ...
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Rejected edit on an out-of-date answer

So, there's a answer which I had upvoted quite some time ago that is now out of date. Since almost no one is currently paying attention to it, and I'd like to reverse my upvote to a downvote, I ...