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It's not just the information that matters, it's the communication of the information. If your post could be understood better through some rewording and proper capitalization, then those edits should be done. Try to not take it so personally. It's not personal. Your knowledge is valuable but your grammar may not be infallible. Besides all of that, he may ...


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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 quotes have been replaced with these Unicode characters in the code, causing the code or script to break. These should be edited out and replaced with their ASCII ...


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Yes, this sort of edit improves the answer. Ideally, answers (and questions!) should be well-written and not contain notes about the editing process or any other irrelevancies such as signatures. They should be able to stand on their own. Imagine, if you will, reading a history book and suddenly coming across "EDIT: I expanded this paragraph to explain ...


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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 legibility of the post, much less the correctness, and requires working around the automatic filter to submit in most cases. More importantly, it bumps the post ...


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Absolutely. Part of the draw of this site and a big reason for its quality is that you don't have to wade through chat and sequencing stuff and history to get to the solution you want. For much the same reason we don't like taglines and signatures, don't preserve temporal order in answers, and don't allow replies to anything except in comments, we shouldn'...


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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, we are a knowledgebase focused on ease of editing. The ASCII character set has its roots firmly embedded into our keyboard punctuation and isn't going away ...


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Cleaning up old content is important for the longevity of the site and for the long-tail questions, but getting new content answered is more important. Which is why we generally suggest doing 4-5 questions at a time and taking a break, as you've stated you've been doing. This gives the chance for new questions to still be seen, and stops the flooding of the ...


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I completely agree the edit are entirely valid and improve the question. I still would have rejected as too minor. However, I would have used the Custom reason and explained that while the edits definitely improve the formatting and readability of the question, and would normally be accepted, the Question is a year old and there's no need to drag it up just ...


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Yes, definitely, and as you see, this example has already been dealt with.


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This is really three questions: Is it acceptable to edit a question that got closed before any answers were accumulated? Absolutely. To be blunt, if it has no answers the question was probably closed because it was crap. The comments may even be asking you to edit it so it's a good question and we can answer it. Fix it and let us know so we can reopen it ...


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Use backticks and blockquotes and code blocks however you damn please. I have the following conventions when I'm editing: Executable names, backticks Flows, backticks (e.g. Go to Tools > Options and un-tick the corrupt my data randomly checkbox) Config files, codebox Single-lines from config files, backticks or codebox (depending on my mood) Quoting from ...


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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 and has rights and this part of your post was beyond disrespectful. Frankly, I find this appalling and I can't understand why you even object to have this part ...


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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 newbie, but I think this is a good opportunity for me to return the favor. Putting aside my own (less than favorable) opinions of Hans Reiser, I think you're ...


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Per https://serverfault.com/faq#editing Other people can edit my stuff?! All contributions are licensed under Creative Commons and this site is collaboratively edited, like Wikipedia. Edits are tracked in public revision history. If you are not comfortable with the idea of your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this ...


9

Interesting question. I was fairly heavily involved in your original question, both in answering it (to try to demonstrate that the entire question was founded on incorrect data) and I then voted to close it (since it increasingly seemed to be unanswerable once the error was removed). I'm not sure how you could "heavily edit" that question without making ...


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Yes, if you can be bothered to do so, please edit them to: Hi, I have ${problem}. It has ${details}. Any thoughts ${actual question}? Thanks in advance, ${username}


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Having fixed a number of your posts myself I had thought that English is not your native language, although that's barely an excuse. The reason I fix such posts are because I don't want to see SF dragged down to the level of common forums, where illiteracy is the norm. I find the failure to use correct capitalisation and punctuation completely unacceptable ...


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Your choice not to use capitalisation is really no different to someone who doesn't know any better. The official language of this site is English. If I read quantcast correctly then less than 50% of the people who visit this site have English as a first language. Many questions and answers are poorly written because of a poor understanding of English ...


6

The only general comment I have on editing old posts is that if all you're doing is removing "thanks" or capitalizing "I" in one or two spots you should really look at the post critically. Does the edit substantially improve the clarity of the post? Was the signature or the poor grammar/syntax really that terrible to look at? If the answer to either ...


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You should take that up with squillman (and this should not be asked here, so I am migrating it back to meta.sf) https://serverfault.com/users/1054/squillman?tab=activity Our policy has been stated many times on this -- edits bump the post to the homepage so that the community can vet the changes, exactly like what is happening now.


6

I'll have to look up the reference, but any user can suggest edits. These are put into a queue visible to 10K(?)+ users to approve as appropriate. Once an edit is approved, it is recorded as if that user made the edit.


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I would have allowed it. I realize that it's old, but the question is specifically about BackupPC. The question itself is a valid one (it hasn't been closed or downvoted) and tags exist as a way of indexing and organizing questions.


6

Someone should probably tell him that edits of less than 6 characters don't count toward Copy Editor.


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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, either by choosing among a set of standard reasons or by typing in their own. There is a question on Meta Stack Exchange with some more information. There are ...


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What Mark said. Plus I use backticks anytime I want a snippet of syntactic code (programming code, CLI, file spec, etc) I want to stand out. ">" for quoting someone else, only. Quoting Wikipedia, the OP, another person, etc. The four space thing for longer/multiline chunks of syntactic code (config files, programming, whatever)


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You're obviously proud of your writing and have an emotional attachment to your no-caps style. Unfortunately, in an environment where almost anyone can edit posts, if someone's individual style doesn't fit in there's not much they can do about it. Your style clearly isn't accepted - and I don't think it matters whether it's professional or not - and I don'...


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As Jeff said, this is done on purpose and isn't going to change. Edits need vetting, tag-edits perhaps more so since the rep requirements to do them are a lot lower. We haven't had much edit-abuse here on SF, thankfully, but we do need to keep bumping anything that gets edited. Where it gets annoying is when someone is doing a manual retag of a bunch of ...


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If you're 10K+ you'll see a counter notification in the top menu. Jeff covered this in a blog post -- See item #2. Else, you'll just have to "luck out" and browse to a post containing awaiting edits. There is probably something in the MSO FAQ, but I haven't had enough coffee to dig for it. Following half-a-cup, here is a mildly related MSO post. It is ...


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Please see this post on MSO that explains suggested edits in detail and should answer all your questions. Whether it should be added to the site FAQ is something to consider.


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I would reject both, with a message to tell him to log on to his original account if he's the owner of the question. The first one should be posted as an answer.


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