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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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There exists a grace period for 5 minutes after the first submit that rolls all edits in that time into the original post so they don't count so you can make those quick minor edits. Otherwise start taking advantage of the instant preview it works great and it seems pretty crazy that you prefer more clicks to format your answer. Also please note that posting ...


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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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Comments with the sole intention of pointing out spelling / syntax fixes are discouraged: When shouldn't I comment? Comments are not recommended for any of the following: Suggesting corrections that don't fundamentally change the meaning of the post; instead, make or suggest an edit; Go ahead and do the edits yourself, and flag such ...


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Yes, you should continue editing posts yourself. The only case where you might want to comment instead is if you notice you're editing the 10th post from the same user and they've made no apparent improvement. However, as you point out, fixing the broken windows is fairly important.


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The information we see is: Your username, The close reason or your message, if you flagged for moderation attention, How long ago you flagged, If you also voted to close (for question flags, and only for users with 3K+ rep), and If you posted one or more comments (just a count). Everything else, including edits, we see exactly like you do, by visiting the ...


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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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Post vandalism is not allowed. By posting on the site you cede certain rights to the post - see the cc-by-wiki link at the foot of every page. Don't worry, the post will be has been deleted - but it will be deleted in the form you posted it, not the form you vandalised into.


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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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We are currently working through hundreds of questions in old badly used tags such as career and jobs. Some questions that obviously no longer fit the scope of the site are closed, but others have to be retagged. Too many edits at one time can flood the front page with old questions, so we tend to only edit a handful at a time, but having the questions pop ...


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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 always ...


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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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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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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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As Josh says editing is good. However, if the question already has answers care is needed to avoid invalidating any existing answers - these were provided in good faith and their owners deserve that respect. This does mean that if edits to salvage the post cause this then the correct course of action is to close the existing question and post a new one. ...


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Asking for the creation of a list or a poll of "best of" things is not appropriate on any Stack Exchange site. Some think that questions about asking for a book that covers a very niche area or is the defining book for some field is allowed - a stance that I used to have. However, I now feel that resource lists should be included on a tag's tag wiki page so ...


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There doesn't appear to be any indication that the post has been edited until I click through to the post from the list of flags. I always handle flags from within the question, so I have a full context, so I can easily see that there are changes and to get a better picture of what's going on. Of course, depending on when the flag/edit happened, we see the ...


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I don't see how any version of the question could be on topic for Programmers. Even a less localized version of it wouldn't really be about an issue that's unique to our profession. The nugget of a usable question you see in there might be on topic for our sister site, The Workplace, but I'm not sure. You could ask around in their main chat room, The Water ...


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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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