Questions tagged [editing]

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Badge hunters: When editing post does not improve them

Few minutes after I posted a question it was edited twice ... but the edits were not constructive in any way: "Kubuntu Quantal" was changed to "Kubuntu 12.10" "doing fine" was changed to "working ...
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Why does the front page show my name for last activity even when I didn't perform anything recently?

I didn't edit/answer this question right now: How to install Skype with Ubuntu 13.04 However, I did answer the question on May 16, but right now it's May 25. How come it's showing that it has been ...
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How important is accuracy?

With regard to making small edits would an inaccuracy justify a minor edit?. The question I refer to is found here and the suggested edit I made can be found Review/Suggested Edits. A new user who can ...
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Meta editing-help should mention "paragraph breaks"

If I don't overlook something obvious meta.askubuntu.com/editing-help does not mention paragraph breaks at all. Neither how they are considered useful instead of wasting space nor how one creates ...
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Should posts be edited to have readable links?

When reading, i find it infuriating to see links posted http://www.example.com/ rather than Example. Should questions and answers be edited to make links more readable, or is this not really seen as ...
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A call to uphold accessibility by not shortening links to "here"

As far as I see there has been some discussion about the shortening of links. While keeping the complete URL visible in the post can clearly be distracting (especially when used inline), I want to ...
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What to do for an answer I gave that I can't update?

Please take a look at my answer to gnome-terminal tabs are very dark, difficult to tell which tab is in use. I'm now using Lubuntu and don't use GNOME terminal or gedit. For this reason, I won't be in ...
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Suggested edits count includes a user's own tag wiki edits

In review, I'm told there are 3 suggested edits for me to approve/reject/improve: (These images are from the old review system; the new system's interface is different but this still seems to occur.) ...
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When should one answer their own question rather than build on what is already there?

Let me put this forward with an example... I was stuck on an SSH issue on my Ubuntu server. I then got a few comments from one user and an answer from another. I thought that the answer gave me ...
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When correcting a vital typo via edit, how to bypass 6-character limit on edits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make small but important edits? Say that you have the prototype scenario in Why the minimum 6 characters limit on edits: someone has written rm -rf / foo instead of rm -...
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Is it selfish or ridiculous to rewrite a question towards your answer?

Let's assume the OP asks something regarding an issue or a plain question without any suggestion towards a solution to how. E.g. revision 1 of this example question: Add repositories to synaptic ...
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Is it ludicrous to start posting an answer "please wait, I'm writing..."?

See the first revision of this answer, quoting completely: I'm not really sure if you can do it in a terminal, but with my iMac I used tabbing instead. (please wait, I'm writing the post...) ...
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How important is it to edit out unnecessary criticism or praise?

Occasionally, there are legitimate questions asked but these maybe embellished with a lot of personal detail more suited to a blog, such as unnecessary criticism of the software in question. By "...
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Other users can edit my questions?

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu, and to these forums and one thing that I have found to be a bit disturbing is that other people (including myself which is more oddness) can edit other peoples questions. Is ...
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Don't have 2K reputations, so cannot correct a single typo which is bizzare

Before asking this question, I was to the question exact duplicate of this. I don't have 2K reputation, so every edit I do requires a minimum of 6 characters to be edited. However I came across this ...
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Warnings and meta information in question

Referring to this question: How to enable root login? (and this edit of that question). There is an added remark in this question which doesn't seem to belong in the the body of a question: Mod ...
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How can get past 5 edits

Sometimes, I need to edit multiple answers, (updates, changes, new ways, etc.). But I found out that I could only do 5 edits per day. How can get past this: You have already edited 5 of your own ...
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How much markup is tolerated?

Recently we see edit suggestions that mainly format text with a lot of markup that to my opinion do not always increase but sometimes reduce the clarity of a post. People do have a different view on ...
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What is peer review?

What is peer review? I always see this quote on a statement after edit a post. And how much reputation user can do the peer review? This is the example: Thanks for your edit! This edit will be ...
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My question and answers are being changed without explanation by another user

I asked a question, and it got a lot of answers. Two of which were better than the others. Now, I believe both the question and the best answers are being stripped of essential details. I rolled back ...
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How to comment out edits in Ask Ubuntu?

But I have this post that I would like to upkeep Now that I built Unity How do I Install it? Now every time that I edit it (for the future or in the future) I would Like to put some commented code in ...
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Edit link Missing

I was going to edit a post and I just found out that "edit" Is missing from all questions Although the edit link works
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Can somebody fix a miss-spell in a command?

Why can't I set screen brightness? The last line says sudo update-grup and it needs to say sudo update-grub. I cannot change or propose a one letter change but it is incorrect.
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When a post is edited, deny other users who want to edit the exact same post [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Another user Is editing this post” warning It sometimes happen when I am editing a post, that I can't save the edit because somebody else also started editing the post. Could ...
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Editing an answer (or question) can make it get more upvotes. Shouldn't the editor also get credit for these later upvotes?

Editing can substantially change an answer or question. These changes, if accepted, may increase the value of the answer/question and the number the up-votes it gets. These should be reflected in the ...
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How do we handle edits that seem to intentionally add inflammatory language?

The question in question is: What is zeitgeist used for? Check the edit history for details, but essentially: Question asked likening Ubuntu using Zeitgeist to God-lessness. Attempt to ...
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Tag Wiki Edits on Ask Ubuntu Mobile

Ask Ubuntu mobile does not let you make tag edits, you have to switch to the full site, make the edits, and switch back. And the editor is temperamental on my mobile browser, sometimes working and ...
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Should one edit answer to own question?

Is it good practice to edit answer to ones own question? Suppose some one gives a good answer to an OP's question and the OP edits that answer. Is it considered a good practice?
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Should a second, short edit be awarded with reputation points?

See this answer. I edited an answer. This edit was accepted, and I was granted 2 reputation points. Thirty minutes later, I realized that I made a small mistake. So I re-edited the question. This ...
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An answer I provided has been edited and approved. Do I need to do anything?

An edit has been made to my answer to this question. It has already been approved by Jorge Castro and I agree with the edits. Do I need to do anything more?
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How do I edit my original question without rolling back?

I asked a question and subsequently a user (and then another one) edited my question. Their edits were tags (thank you) and formatting, both of which I really liked, but I have noticed a grammatical ...
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Giving Credit for an Edit

Someone did a really nice job enhancing one of my answers and I have a simple question. Is there any way I can transfer rep as a thank you? Do I have any other options to give him credit? I,m not ...
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Software Installation Icon is invisible after posting but visible while editing

This question is corresponding to the edit by Eliah Kagan to my answer to Is it possible to have a small indicator showing that updates are available (red for security updates) instead of having ...
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Are the criteria for peer-reviewed edits and "2000 rep" edits the same?

I've used the site for a relatively small time. I just edited an answer, and it was rejected on grounds of being too trivial. I am just wondering if this triviality bar "moves" as the cost of an edit ...
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Should re-tagging really be considered as edit?

I have seen recently that, When I re-tag a question, It is considered as edit. Then I can even reverse my vote on that question. I have a feeling that, It should not be considered as edit since, The ...
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Best way to update old answers when links have changed?

tl;dr : I commented on an old answer to show corrected links. Is there a better way? This has recently come up for me because of the accepted answer for this question: Is there a way to autodetect ...
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HTML comments in posts

IS it acceptable to use HTML comments(<!--TEXT--!>) in posts as signals that can be seen by other editors in order to clarify info to future editors, but things that should not be shown on the post ...
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Line breaks in markdown

I have been seeing new users who copy/paste code or information into posts not add extra newlines(or even type without extra newlines) and make posts hard to read, wasting the time of a moderator or ...
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Is it OK to post, and how should we deal with, non-English (or partly non-English) answers intended for translation? [duplicate]

Questions in languages other than English, or which contain non-English text and translated text, have been discussed before on meta. But what about answers that are written in other languages? How ...
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Notice against Vandalism

We should have a notice about vandalism in edits, such as adding notes to answers that have nothing to do with the actual question or the answer itself. Example: Answer to a question about ...
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Should really good/detailed "me too" answers have their content merged into the question?

Usually "me too" answers don't contribute much to working on the problem, but sometimes they do, as when they present details that are subtly different than (or more detailed than) what is provided by ...
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Editing questions results in 404

I edited this question. But after saving the edit, I got a 404 page. The question was not deleted in the mean time.
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Should I edit my Answer to this question?

Yesterday I answered this question. Today I noticed the question has been edited and now my answer only makes partial sense. Should I edit it accordingly? Secondly, if it was a decision by a ...
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How do I answer my Own Question?

Tonight I successfully resolved my own question. after getting into some difficulties. The resolution in the end was simple and came straight from the Ubuntu Community Documentation. The reason why ...
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How has the new review view improved our editing?

The SO blog mentions the new review interface for people who are keen to improve questions. It's pretty awesome, it's automating things I've been doing by hand, so kudos there. Review early, review ...
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Where can I find a list of rejected edit suggestions?

I was just looking at my edit suggestions. Last I checked, I had 51 edits accepted and 2 rejected. Where can I find out what those rejected edits were, so I can learn from the experience?
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Adding a tag is a minor edit?

I edited (or rather, suggested an edit) on a question about Chuck montages on Planet Ubuntu, to add the tag 'planet-ubuntu'. It was rejected with the following reason: This edit is too minor; ...
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Why couldn't I edit question 79622?

I had wanted to edit this question to remove the signature in accordance with this policy (which has since been taken care of by zpletan). However, I was unable to do so. Since I only have 1,269 ...
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Notify a commentator of new information on the original question

How can I notify a user that placed a comment on my original question asking for extra information? This is because I once gave the extra information as a comment but it was placed on the original ...
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Is there a preferred convention as to how key sequences are noted?

Is there an unwritten convention that is considered more appropriate than others in reference to key sequence notation when replying to questions? Specifically, which is considered more appropriate? ...