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<em> and <strong> are in the list of whitelisted tags that can be used on Stack Exchange. Go mad. If you want more, I suggest you ask for your specific tag to be whitelisted on MSO. While you're at it, please destroy all misuse of backticks for emphasis, because they're an abuse of formatting. MBraedley has provided a query to check your own ...


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We shouldn't need to know the answer to a question to determine if it should be closed. I'm not a fan of any policy that requires you to know the answer to a question before you know whether or not the question is a dupe. And that's exactly what's happening here... a user needs to know that Counterstrike Game X and Counterstrike Game Y have identical ...


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We require a consistency in things like tags. In that scenario, I believe our default is American English. However, when it just comes to one person writing as they write naturally, it is fine to use your own spelling so long as it isn't, well, a misspelling. It's a bit impolite to revise someone's voice if it isn't causing the post to be misunderstood.


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When the game name is in the tag, it will be automatically added to the title of the post in people's browsers, and it is clear from the tag what game you are asking about. Therefore, it is a valid edit to remove it from the title. When you are having a disagreement about the content of a post, rolling back or repeatedly making edits is the wrong answer. ...


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The title is important, fixing any error in the title is a good enough reason to edit a question, even if it is older. Fixing a typo or bad grammar in the title is never too minor of an edit, unless you ignore obvious problems in the post body. But that doesn't mean one should stop editing at the title, you should always try to fix all problems that a post ...


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As the editor in question: I edited the title, to clarify the distinction being made (instead of the oddly-emphasized *GIVE*). I only edited the occurrences of the word 'Pokemon' after deciding that the title could use the clarification and reformatting.


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The proper definition of a Too Minor edit is this: There is no such thing. There are only Too Minor suggested edits. And they have two reasons behind them. Firstly, as others have pointed out, the suggestor gets two Rep, and that isn't something that should be handed out for teensy tiny little things like the edit you pointed out. And secondly, there's also ...


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I'd like to push back on the current thinking that mod-rec is a bad thing. Right now the arguments I've heard against them are that they are bad by association with game-rec. The things that are bad about game-rec are described in this meta: So, your typical game recommendation is a question that has two qualities. A shopping recommendation - ...


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This user has already been automatically banned from editing by the system for submitting too many bad edits.


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There are a few things you can do when minor edits need to be done: Leave a comment on it alerting the op of his minor mistake. Look through the post to see if anything else can be edited as well, such as other spelling errors or any grammar errors. If the op hasn't fixed it, or there aren't any other things to edit, you can visit chat and let someone know. ...


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Editing old questions to improve them is never bad. Editing large quantities of old questions in a short period of time is bad, in that it renders the main page relatively useless. In this situation, it seems like it calls for doing a couple of edits an hour, or editing when you see a problem, but not searching for one. This will keep the main page useful ...


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Titles do not have to contain the name of the game, and you shouldn't intentionally edit a question just to add the game name to the title. The game name is required, however, to be in the tags. This is the canonical way to identify what game a question is about. Also, for SEO reasons, the first two tags appear in the HTML title of the page, so when the ...


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Sometimes bad edits get approved when they shouldn't. On the other hand, good edits sometimes get rejected when they shouldn't too. The latter is what's happened in this instance. There's nothing wrong with the edit that you made, and it certainly didn't deviate from the original intent of the post. Indeed, as others have mentioned, a diamond moderator ...


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No. Let me preface this by saying that I disagree with your edit. It's a complete re-write of the question and you used too much guesswork to fill in the blanks for my taste. I'm not saying small and medium-sized edits should not be done. They should, which is why we can. It's that to me (and presumably others), this particular question was unsalvagable ...


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Question titles don't have to be questions. Do try to phrase them as questions, but don't edit existing questions just for that reason. There was a statistical study that found that questions with an actual question as a title were more likely to get answered / got more views, so for high-profile questions we do sometimes make that edit - but that's not a ...


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Nonsense is what happened. Before the edit, we had a crappy question, asking if someone had information. We love those questions, don't we? But this is just a phrasing issue. Editing the question can fix that. Now let's look at what that first edit did: What was the XP needed for 60-70 in the beta? I was wondering if anyone had any information on ...


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Looking at your only question that was edited, the revision history details that people only removed superfluous text and/or adjusted grammar and fixed typos. Superfluous text can be bad for a post, since it doesn't help detail your question or answer. From your question, this was considered superfluous: let me go ahead and thank you for reading/helping ...


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Just to add something I've mentioned here before, from the editing page (emphasis mine): HOW TO EDIT ► fix grammatical or spelling errors ► clarify meaning without changing it ► correct minor mistakes ► add related resources or links ► always respect the original author This means a couple things: Changing the fundamental nature ...


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I've seen this come up quite a bit recently and it bothers me when very solid guesses about what the question is really asking get rejected simply because we can't be 100% sure that it's what the asker meant. Yes, it's true, we shouldn't drastically alter a question to be another question entirely. But this, and many other cases I've seen, don't do that. ...


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Especially since this case is a retag, I would say yes. We don't want content with errors, and mistagged content is even worse in my view. Ultimately, use your best judgement, but it isn't that big of a deal for things to get bumped, as long as we aren't bumping a whole bunch of things at the same time during, for example, a mass cleanup effort.


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You can't. Editing other peoples posts is a privilege earned at 2000 reputation. It's a major part of the site because this site (and all other stackexchange sites) is about getting the best answer to any question anywhere on the internet. To this end, if you've earned enough reputation, then you're trusted enough that any edits you put out are for the good ...


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It might be because you have misunderstood the meaning of Proc, if you read the history on the WoWWiki you linked to you will see that it says: Proc was originally short for "spec_proc" (spec_proc is short for "special procedure") which is a term used by the original programmer of Circle-MUD, Jeremy Elson. It might have been used as well by the ...


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I don't think we have a set protocol for this yet. I propose we follow Wikipedia's standard, which is that as long as a post is internally consistent (either all American or all British), that should be good enough. Retaining the existing variety In general, disputes over which English variety to use in an article are strongly discouraged. Such ...


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It's worth noting that the minor/major edit distinction is only relevant to making suggested edits before you have full edit privileges. We don't have any policy about what is too minor for full editors, since they are assumed to have developed the discretion to judge whether a post benefits from an edit or not, regardless of the number of letters it changes....


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For ease of editing, here's a list of posts with the default image alt text in them ordered by score: http://data.stackexchange.com/gaming/query/127084/posts-with-default-alt-text


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Yes, it most certainly is. Even the most basic of edits, such as formatting, grammatical correctness or making a question title a whole sentence can have dramatic differences on the success of a question, or a questions and answers website. Quality matters. Keep in mind, in general, that everybody on the internet can edit all posts on Gaming (though they ...


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The edit suggestion that you made wasn't really acceptable. Edit suggestions such as this do nothing but deface the question. Also, let me be the first to welcome you to Arqade! This place works very differently than a forum. I would suggest you give the FAQ a quick skim to hit the high points. Essentially, anybody can edit anyone else's questions and ...


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Quoting another answer I wrote: Dupes and Frankenquestions That many of these questions have a similar solution [...] - doesn't really make them duplicates. Same answer != same question. Making one giant question for all of them and closing the rest as dupes is something I also am kind of starting to hate as a solution. It discounts any unique ...


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I don't see a problem with this at all. As long as the information is correct, and works with what is already there (in this case, matches the already present Celcius temperature), there's no reason why it would ever be a bad thing. :) Just make sure that you are checking the whole post to make sure there aren't any other edits (spelling, grammar, etc) ...


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Some people downvote without even trying to read the question. People are free to downvote as they want, but your question will get more upvotes as long as the content is good and the question is on topic. Also one people called 'two bugs' literally modified my whole question to make another one while it made it worse. If a user damages your question, ...


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