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Questions tagged [editing]

This tag is used for questions about editing on Ask Ubuntu.

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Shortcut for adding quotes causes program to quit

While editing a long answer with a large block of text to quote, I held my mouse over the button for quoting, and noted that the shortcut to add quotes is Ctrl+Q. The use of 'Q' makes sense, but it ...
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Editing race condition?

OP and I both edited this question at the exact same second. My revision is shown, but the revision history says OP's is the most recent. I think this is a bug, since the most recent revision should ...
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Will I still get +2 for editing questions and answers after I reach 2000 reputation?

I have been active on Ubuntu for one year... I am about to achieve 2000 reputation. At the moment, with reputation 1658, all my edits are peer reviewed and once they are accepted, I am getting a ...
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Should abbreviations and acronyms be discouraged?

Sometimes, a question is not clear simply because it contains an abbreviation or acronym that a reader doesn't understand. I wonder if the instructions should encourage the definition of these things ...
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Reputation points and badges not incremented

My reputation points and badges suddenly stopped increasing on Ask Ubuntu... I have done some reviews today and I was also supposed to be awarded a gold badge for editing 500 posts. This started ...
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Should I edit or re-ask my question?

If I edit my question after attempting to fix a problem and the problem still exists does my question still get answered or do I have to re-ask the question?
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Can't format question properly because of character limit

I have a problem with editing this question: Upgrade to 18.04, now sudo apt-get upgrade produces loads of insserv errors OP didn't format the terminal output (which as you can see, is really long), ...
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How much editing is fine? Removing hi, thanks etc

When editing posts, is it good or bad idea to remove introductions ("Hi, and I am new to here") and endings like ("Thanks in advance"), in addition to more important changes like multiple spelling ...
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Should I edit closed questions?

I have recently seen this question, where I see a spelling error in the title. I wanted to edit that, but I see that question was closed already. I am a bit confused to edit that title. Because ...
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Can not find Edit help

I looked in the help center but could find no listing for help in editing. Can someone point me the way?
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What should I do about edit suggestions being rejected?

One of the members who has a higher reputation than me rejects my edits on the wrong basis. I know that on this site, we write Ubuntu and not ubuntu. Even when I write ubuntu, other members correct it....
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Why do people post screenshots of their terminals?

I have noticed a lot of posts on AU with screenshots of their terminal showing commands and their output. This is seems like a very bad idea to me because: You can't copy/paste the commands They won'...
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Add icon to the composing editor to format keyboard shortcuts

Background: Many questions require the user to describe used keyboard shortcuts. These can be formatted through <kbd></kbd>. Suggestion: I would like to suggest to add an icon to the ...
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Need to edit the content of a constantly changing canonical question

After I flagged this canonical question: Is a clean install better than upgrading? to be locked to prevent it from being deleted after it had already received 3 delete votes, my flag was reviewed as ...
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What does it mean when my question is “edited” and how can I investigate?

My last question was "edited", can somebody explain: What this means exactly. How do I see what "edits" were made. How do I contact the "editor" should I disagree with the "editing"
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Where to use blockquotes, pre formatted text and bold

I have a issue on where to use block quotes and pre formatted text and bold. Please explain in depth where these should be used.
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Please don't correct commands in questions unless you are sure the mistake is not the source of the problem

This might well be a dupe. If so, y'all know what to do ;) When editing questions, make sure you don't eliminate all clues as to what was causing the problem by fixing incorrect commands, as this ...
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Should we roll up the details in this question into its title?

I was reading this question on my phone today: extreme slow wifi on ubuntu 16.04 Within the body I learned the WiFi card is a rtl8723be which I don't own. Had Realtek 8732be been in the title I ...
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Changing “yesterday”, “today”, etc in Title to actual date

I was recently inconvenienced by Titles or Question bodies that say "a couple of days ago", "Yesterday" or "Today" because I was forced to scroll down to see question asked date and do some mental ...
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Should long questions be edited if parts prove irrelevant?

I posted a question with a fair amount of information as recommended. After some comments and a discussion in chat, I added some updates, and now the question is becoming too long. There will probably ...
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Does this sound a bit condescending?

I discovered this old answer thanks to an edit suggestion which may look somewhat unnecessary. The suggestion was to remove the following phrase from the answer and read a basic bash programming ...
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Does the title of this question capture OP's question well enough?

OK, so we have this HNQ, which gathered quite a lot of attention, snarky comments, and a small edit war between me and another user about the title of the question. I've edited the answer to match the ...
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What to do when posts are voted down for no reason?

It's really annoying, a user asked this question: I am wondering what the point of sh being symbolic linked to dash is? I understand that dash is supposed to be faster than bash, but I am uncertain ...
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What should I do when a user persistently insists on poor formatting and resists formatting improvements?

Context: https://askubuntu.com/posts/971884/revisions I edited an answer of a user who got distracted and forgot the Markdown syntax, using 1) instead of 1. for writing an ordered list. Therefore the ...
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What to do with tag-only edits?

Here's the suggested edit in question. The OP was asking about security on a shared WiFi connecton. They had it tagged as 16.04, firefox, and security. An edit came up that only changed the tag 16....
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Should I give extra information on an existing question when I have the same problem on a different version of Ubuntu?

I have a problem in my system. I searched for a solution on Ask Ubuntu and I found a question asked about the same problem but for a different version of ubuntu (12.10) and I am running 14.04. ...
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Change in domain name

My domain name changed from bodhizazen.net to bodhizazen.com All the .net links now apparently point to spam. I got a message about this in the comments from your staff here /usr/sbin/update-info-...
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Does “convert to edit” let moderators move comments?

When moderators convert an answer to and edit--which deletes the answer and places its content at the end of the question--do they have the ability to move the comments from that answer to the ...
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If you want to edit an unsalvageable NAA post, please don't use the edit button in the LQP review queue to do so

This is somewhat related to this useful question: Should we edit the answer we flag as NAA? The answer said, in part: If you're a 2k user, knock yourself out - after all, it's just your own time ...
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How many Questions can I edit in a bulk before they are reviewed?

I like to edit question and answers by new users, but I don't have edit privileges. So every time I edit a couple of posts I receive this message: I just want to know How many posts I can edit in a ...
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Can users be banned from suggesting edits?

A user can be banned from asking a question and from answering. A user can also be banned from reviewing. So is there any rule for editing posts? Once they have at least 2k reputation a user can ...
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What is best practice for writing commands? With $ or without $? [duplicate]

I want to know what the best way to write and highlight a command is. Many people (with a lot of reputation) write commands like this: $ sudo apt-get update If someone copies this command as it is, ...
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How to format release versions?

When making other edits to a question that mentions a release/number (e.g, Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS), my natural instinct is to bold it as it is usually the first thing I look for in a question and I have ...
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Messages to close voters in questions: are they OK?

It is occasional practice of some users to place message along the lines CLOSE VOTERS: please don't close this as duplicate because it is not because A,B,C. My question is this: Are we OK with ...
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What is our site policy on code/command edits?

Does this site have any sort of canonical policy regarding command/code edits? Or, more exactly, when proposing an edit to code or a command (or just directly editing it as per 2k privileges), where ...
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Should edits get some rep for upvotes?

I was wondering, why shouldn't edits get a small bit of rep for an upvote? (Like 1 rep for upvoted question 2 for upvoted answer) Because I answered pretty badly, but someone (fabby) edited it and it ...
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Editor Privilege?

Speaking from experience, waiting for a suggested edit to be approved (before 2000 rep.) can be tiring and annoying. So what I want to know is if you guys think the following is a good idea. For those ...
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Bad admin choices regarding a compound question

There is a compound question asked; a question that solicits a CLI method, and a GUI method. I keep seeing places refer to the "partner" repository as a place I can get software, how can I enable ...
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An appeal to low rep users!

Please don't just delete your answers because you got negative feedback, improve them. This has happened to me a few times recently, I have left a comment on an answer asking the OP to improve the ...
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I need to change my bio

I am kind of new to stack exchange and I was made aware of my profile. Someone on my Dev team played a little prank on me and wrote my bio and it is really embarrassing... It's basically making it ...
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What justifies an edit?

How big of a change should be needed before an edit is justifiable? For example a small grammatical error bugs the crap out of me, but I am too hesitant to fix it, whereas sometimes a question is ...
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Reputation with editing “to be closed” questions

As an avid editor for the main site, I have taken quite a liking to the 2 rep I get for passing my time, however when I see a question that is off topic, and yet messy, like this one, I still feel the ...
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Why limit edits?

When I get bored at school literally all I have is coming here and editing questions (hehe), but usually there aren't 3K+ rep users on the review queue when I'm on, and so I'm limited to 5 edits to ...
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Reviewing tool should be less flexible by enforcing the Skip option rigourously

When you are reviewing posts, you are faced with three options: Skip, I'm done (after some change), Nothing to review. Ideally, when you make a change like edit, flag, comment, or vote, the "I'm done"...
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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?

I've been searching to see if this was already asked; sorry if it's a duplicate, couldn't find an answer. I've been wondering what I should do if someone bad edits my post? For example, I explain ...
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Edit rejected as conflicted with a subsequent edit

As a beginner I usually answer questions very rarely as I think my knowledge not sufficient yet. So I read questions and answers as much as I can and edit questions to correct spelling and formatting ...
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Offering a human translation for cryptic google-translated questions

If there is a question where the text was clearly google translated with a cryptic result, is it OK to ask the author to provide the text in the original language so that I can edit his/her question ...
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Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

In this post I asked whether I should continue barraging my peers with edits. I still have one question, though. I've made around 20% of my reputation off of edits. Is this honest, or should I cut ...
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Bug in the audit system?

I believe I've discovered a bug in the audit system. I was reviewing this answer, which obviously needed some serious work: So I clicked on the edit link, and it showed me this: Which immediately ...
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How do I format some code specifically for the language used? Or how do I prevent it from being formatted? Which languages are supported?

If I format some code by indenting it using four spaces, the code is not formatted. How do I format some code specifically for the language used? Or how do I prevent it from being formatted? Which ...