Questions tagged [editing]
This tag is used for questions about editing on Ask Ubuntu.
Editing tips and tricks
In the beginning there weren't that many high rep users who could edit questions. As that number grows I thought I would add some tips/tricks that I use for those of you striving to earn a badge ...
How to make small but important edits?
I ask because I just recently tried to correct a post that had a command in it - but the command was wrong. The poster had typed chwon instead of chown. Of course this means it would not work. However ...
A critical note (alternative title: where is my speech freedom?)
The censorship sucks on this site. It feels very NAZI / NSB / Stasi like. Is that how you welcome a new guest? I do understand some moderation, but this is over-polished. What happened to freedom of ...
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
Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?
I've seen several questions in non-English, where a user (typically high-rep) puts it into Google Translate. Here's an example (Wayback Machine if it gets deleted). I do realize that post had other ...
Is it possible to "over edit"?
Hi! Since it's beta I want to make sure we have high quality questions and answers. As a result I've been doing some editing, but a bunch of it things like capitalization, spelling, formatting, etc. ...
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'...
Please don't flag link-only answers as Very Low Quality
Lately I notice that many link-only (or link-mainly) answers are being flagged as Very Low Quality, so I am taking to meta to ask y'all to use the Not An Answer flag for link-only answer (LOA) posts ...
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 ...
Why do people edit in (usually pointless) bold and italics to questions?
I'm not pointing about any users, but there are a few I know that like bolding things in questions. Is there a specific reason to do this? Readability is the largest reason I have heard. However, I ...
Is it acceptable to make small edits?
If a user edits an answer to make a small edit that increases the aesthetic value of it. Should it be acceptable? NOTE: this is not a duplicate of: How to make small but important edits? That ...
Is using `code` styling for non-code samples okay?
The code is for code samples, of course. Its actual description is "a piece of program instructions." If package-names or date-and-time (technical details) are program instructions, then so are ...
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 ...
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 ...
"Another user Is editing this post" warning
Sometimes, I find that before I post my edit, someone already has edited the post. Can't we make a system like this: Without the Feature So, lets say User A started editing X post, and User B ...
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 ...
Why is edit question feature unavailable?
I wanted to edit this question for giving some sanity to it, but saw that the Edit feature is seen disabled. Why is it so? N.B: I can edit other questions. Image: Edit feature is shown disabled (...
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 ...
Unable to suggest edit
I'm having a problem that from now on I'm not able to suggest edits to the Ask Ubuntu site. I'm pretty sure that the edits I have been made were relevant and I want to know whether some user is able ...
Comment re-edit time-out is too short.. and Is there a limit on deleting my comments?
I'd like to know how long a comment I've written is "available" to be re-edited... Either I'm too slow, or its too fast... Also, what limits are there on deleting a comment? ...(which I couldn't re-...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
What is the consensus about hijacking the accepted answer?
I came across this question yesterday. There is two different answer to this question, one has been accepted. Let's call accepted answer answer 1 and the other answer 2. Recently answer 1 has been ...
What do we do with (very) long answers, filled with off-topic story-telling?
Every single person has his or her own style of writing, however, every now and then you run into an (mostly) answer with issues beyond styling. The poster seems to have a completely wrong concept in ...
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 ...
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 ...
Is it acceptable for users to only gain reputation through a plethora of tiny edits?
To what extent is it acceptable for a user to only gain reputation through minor edits? This is a question somewhat in reply to: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/3946/is-it-acceptable-to-make-small-...
Keeping the Ubuntu One tag running smoothly
Hi everyone, I'd like to flesh out how we run ubuntu-one a little bit better so we don't collide. First, some background. The Ubuntu One team at Canonical uses Ask Ubuntu as a place where they send ...
Should spam posts be edited, or still just flagged?
We've had an upswing of spam recently (hopefully short-lived), and I've noticed a few users editing spam posts to remove links. This has traditionally been considered a wrong approach on Ask Ubuntu. ...
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?
Should we modify questions to remove incorrect terminology?
There are lots of questions, especially about Unity that use incorrect terminology. For example, calling the launcher a dock. Should we edit these questions to use the proper terminology? If we edit ...
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 ...
Why can't I suggest edits on meta?
It seems that I don't have an "edit" button for posts on meta. Looking at the meta users page, it seems that edits can be made here if you're a moderator or if you have the requisite rep to make edits....
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.) ...
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 ...
Title editing for googleability
I've been editing the titles to make more sense, for example "How do I do foo on Ubuntu" to "How do I do foo?" since we already know you'll be on Ubuntu (unless you specify otherwise). I've also been ...
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 ...
Which is better: editing someone's old but outdated answer to keep it up to date or making a new answer and adding a note to the old one?
I found a similar question in search but didn't feel that it answered this question. Came up here: My WiFi adapter is not working at all, how to troubleshoot?. I came across that answer while I was ...
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 ...
Edit question title or make new question?
I had a question that I asked about owncloud server 12.04. I recently had the person that answered the question review it and make sure it's relevant to 14.04.1. Should I edit this question, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Duplicates Policy Incentivizes Clutter Rather Than Canonical
Disadvantages of Current Duplicates Policy Stated briefly, the current policy encourages proliferation over pruning. The disadvantages of the current duplicates policy stem from the fact that it is ...
Why comment "This is an English only site"? [duplicate]
On occasion people post questions in a language other than English and within 5 minutes there are multiple comments informing them that this is an English only site. Any user on the site is allowed ...