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Yes you should. If it's the wrong place then the question will be closed or migrated. If it's the right place then the apology is meaningless. More generally, Everything that is in a question post should pertain directly to the question itself. Anything else is just unnecessary noise. Examples: Signatures, hellos, thanks, taglines. Editorialization. "...


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The character limit only applies to suggested edits. The reason the limit exists is that suggested edits need to be reviewed by at least two people, and it's quite rare that a minor edit will be worth two reviewers' time. Once you reach 2K rep points your edits will go through without review, and the character limit won't apply anymore. Until then, if you ...


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Perhaps I'm missing the joke. The typo doesn't add any humor to the answer itself, but detracts from it. As far as I can tell from the chat transcript, it was desired to be kept solely because the mistake annoys another user. I'm all for letting people control the tone of their posts, but in this particular case it's not clear how it enhances the tone, ...


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If you can turn a bad question into a good question by editing out the moral value statements, by all means do it. Just improving the question should be reason enough. I wouldn't edit a question just because it contains a moral value statement. That is tantamount to making your own moral value statement on the value of having such statements in a question.


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The recourse for having a post locked is to post on Meta. Now that it's here, all of the mods are notified. The lock is temporary (unfortunately, the options are rather limited, though) and can be lifted early once a resolution is achieved. Continually rolling back valid edits to your post is not constructive, and a lock is the only mechanism available to ...


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After looking at the question, the edit history and the discussions about both so far, I want to add a few notes. The lock on the question is not because the question itself is bad or wrong or unsuitable. The question got locked because there is a disagreement on how to formulate certain parts of the question and is only meant to avoid polluting the history ...


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You seem to believe that question locked for content dispute at meta should remain at main site as originally posted ("Lock question as-is"). This approach doesn't make sense to me. For the purpose of meta discussion, it is insignificant what particular revision is hanging on the main site because full revision history and original version are ...


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I reviewed the question, the comments, the edits... The post was locked because of repeated attempts to change the question in a way that the community was in disagreement with. Besides that I am largely in agreement with ThomasOwens. Note that my post specifically implements the tactics referred to in that post to achieve usefulness as a subjective ...


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Stating that a question about code performance being off-topic here / belonging on Stack Overflow is inherently wrong. Those types of questions should be posted here ("software architecture and design", "algorithm and data structure concepts") or Code Review ("Performance"). My philosophy on migration is that we should assume that the person posted it on the ...


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Before editing the question, I would probably edit the answer, and explain why it answers a slightly different question than the one which was asked (refering to the deleted comment and the edit). It is not unlikely that others, when trying to find information about related topics, find your answer still useful, even if it does not fit to the last version of ...


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I made an edit attempt to focus the question to being one of the best algorithm approach that would result in the least amount of operations worse case. I also reopened it, it was close to being reopened anyway by the community. The OP did provide code which is allowed for context, as long as the question and answers address the algorithm and pseudo code ...


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Whenever we see a question about fixing/improving code that can easily be interpreted as asking us to suggest a better algorithm, should we edit it to focus on the algorithm instead of closing it as off-topic? Yes, I think so, but only if it can easily be interpreted as asking us to suggest a better algorithm (which is, I guess, not the case for the ...


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This is a tough one. One option would be to edit the question after getting the clarification in a comment. You can even use the edit description to note that the clarification edits were derived from a comment. If there's any dispute, mods can see deleted comments on a question and untangle the mess. If the comment/edit were wrong and there are good answers,...


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In order of preference: Do nothing Your edit should start the re-open process automatically, as MichaelT explained. Also, every significant edit bumps the question to the top of the site's front page, so a new round of attention from people casually browsing the site is almost guaranteed. Chat All five moderators and quite a few other regulars are ...


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Yes, this feature does exist. It involves leaving a comment under one of the abused posts that describes the problem and addresses the user responsible using his name prefixed by the @-symbol. Example: @GlennNelson: please don't edit pictures of your dog into every post you read. She's a very nice dog I'm sure, but this is not how we indicate that we've ...


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I'll put my cards on the table. I didn't vote to close your question, but if it was open when I noticed it, I would've voted to close it as 'Unclear What You're Asking' because: I'm not sure which problem you're trying solve. It's difficult to imagine a tool that could do what you're asking for. And if you're looking for a tool, then we should close it as ...


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Yes. However, and it's a big however, you need to make sure that you don't alter the code in any other way. It's probably not quite as important here as it is on Stack Overflow, but editing code carries the risk that you might edit away the very problem that the OP is asking about. Also, the poor formatting won't be the only thing that's wrong with the ...


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I've reopened. I don't see a problem with the question as a whole. The title is more click-baity than what we're used to, but I don't think that's necessarily a problem. If someone wanted to edit that, they could.


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The pencil shows that the comment has been edited, not that it is editable. If you can edit a comment there will be an "edit" link visible at the end after the time stamp.


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I don't know for sure about the specific question you're asking about, but a quite likely reason you'll see more of this type of activity occurring (i.e., old posts being edited) now is as explained in the main meta question Retire Werewolf Hunter. In particular, it's due to the "winter bash" starting, with: The culprit, of course, is the Werewolf Hunter ...


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Editing and collaboration are fundamental parts of Stack Exchange. Except for rare cases of content disputes (a large number of edits and rollbacks or Meta discussion on a particular post's quality) or historical protection of posts that would otherwise be deleted, all posts can be edited. However, we do have guidance for editing - edits should fix grammar ...


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