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Should you edit questions to remove apologies?

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 ...
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How to fix spelling mistakes and typos when edits must have minimum length?

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 ...
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I don't want to get in an edit war - people haven't read the previous reason - what to do?

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 ...
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Should you edit questions which have a moral value statement in it?

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 ...
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When someone asks a "code improvement" question, should we edit it to an "algorithm improvement" question instead of closing as off-topic?

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"...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

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 ...
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When someone asks a "code improvement" question, should we edit it to an "algorithm improvement" question instead of closing as off-topic?

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 ...
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When someone asks a "code improvement" question, should we edit it to an "algorithm improvement" question instead of closing as off-topic?

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 ...
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Unclear question is clarified in comment, later comment is deleted and contradictory clarification added to question

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 ...
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7 years old closed as off-topic question (4 years ago) being edited

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 ...
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How is this unclear?

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,...
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Should there be a pencil in edited comments?

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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Proper etiquette when editing a post to fix code formatting?

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 ...
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How is this unclear?

I think this question could benefit greatly from simply rewriting it to not have the "alien" focus. For example, "can UTF-8 support a new language with millions of specific character glyphs?" Right ...
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Should you edit questions to remove apologies?

I would say "it depends". In most cases, when the apology comes before or after the question, it should be removed for the reasons stated by you and the other answer - it's meaningless and not ...
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Should you edit questions which have a moral value statement in it?

No, you shouldn't edit-out statements of morality. Perception of right and wrong is fundamental to human nature, and while some questions invoking morality may be too broad, the statements themselves ...
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Excessive editing of a post

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) ...
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Arguing with answers VS expressing ideas

Hmm, It was a bit... inconsiderate of whatshisname to simply delete your added text. I sympathise. However, let say he made the same edit, but waited a year and instead of "this isn't a site for ...
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Should I approve edits on off-topic questions or answers to poor or off-topic questions?

No. Especially if it's an older question that has fallen off the homepage - all you'll be doing is bumping up a question that doesn't belong or is already closed. If the edit doesn't fix the actual ...
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