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Does copy editing Unicode punctuation into posts contribute value?

No, they don't add value. In some cases, they detract and should be removed. It's a more common problem on SO, but I do occasionally see it on SF: A post will have code or a shell script where the ...
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Does copy editing Unicode punctuation into posts contribute value?

This is precisely the definition of an edit which is too minor. If we accept that this adds value and should be approved, we must accept virtually anything. The edit doesn't materially improve the ...
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Does copy editing Unicode punctuation into posts contribute value?

No, not really. Yes, the Unicode representations of quotes and ellipses are “better” than ASCII in that they're closer to their literary counterparts, but we are not a publication. First and foremost,...
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Editing content on 4 year-old questions isn't always necessary

I'm going to have to agree with Sven. I have a lot of respect for you ewwhite, particularly since you guided me away from taking the wrong behavior hints from the rest of the community when I was a ...
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Editing content on 4 year-old questions isn't always necessary

Can you explain to me how posting a mugshot of Reiser contributed in any way to the technical discussion regarding the file system he developed? Regardless of what he did, he is still a human being ...
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Why did I not get notified that my edit was declined?

Why the system only notifies users when their edits are approved and not when they are rejected is indeed puzzling. The reviewers who reject an edit do have to provide a reason for their rejection, ...
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Suggested edit queue full

I always thought it was kind of silly to require someone who has a high enough reputation to edit a post themselves without approval from others must get approval from others to approve someone else's ...
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Edits shouldn't require a minimum number of characters changed

There is nothing that anyone here on ServerFault can do about this*. The 6-character minimum is part of the software used across all SE sites and is unlikely to be changed. Looking on meta.SE (where ...
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Suggested edit queue full

I haven't been tracking the review-queues for various reasons, thanks for bringing up the lack of community involvement in the edit queue. That's one a moderator can help clean out with less ...
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Is it okay to update accepted answer on my own question?

In general, yes editing is encouraged! When you edit a question or an answer (and you don't have >2k reputation yet) it is entered in a review queue for peer review. Edits remain in a pending ...
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Why did I not get notified that my edit was declined?

Pulling up the review, it looks like one community member approved, but two others thought your edit was more appropriate as a comment. They voted "attempt to reply": "This edit was intended to ...
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Is it okay to update accepted answer on my own question?

Edits should strive to be "seamless", and when done right, the entire answer should continue to read as though it was the work of a single author. It was the jarring "key change" (as it were), ...
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Altering a error message when it is JSON

As long as the two forms are semantically identical, and you note that the original has been modified for readability, I don't think there's any major problem.
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Why am I not being notified when my posts are edited?

I believe this is by design. I have never received notifications of edits to my content, only ever suggested edits. You can see edit list under Responses > Revisions in your profile:
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Does copy editing Unicode punctuation into posts contribute value?

ASCII is more portable than unicode, and for that reason I would consider it to be preferred, whenever it does not break the meaning of the text. Given that ASCII was designed to express English, it ...
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Is it 'Minor Edit Week' or something?

Should we do something about these minor edits? Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged and should be rejected when you encounter them in the review queue. Although it is a good thing to edit and ...
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