Questions tagged [editing]

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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 ...
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Should tags be edited out from a question if they appear irrelevant?

See Off Wi-Fi LED in Ubuntu for an example: While it's ideally better to ask posters if, in this case, lubuntu and syslinux are indeed relevant to the question, suppose posters doesn't respond or, ...
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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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I noticed a user using edits to get the question noticed, without adding any content (spaces)

Recently I noticed in the edits that twice a user edited without posting any new content, only spaces. I think this may be an abuse of the system, but I am not sure about something, do edits on your ...
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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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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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Could we add on the 'about' page that questions should be edited to provide more information?

On both the about page it is explained how the site works. To my eyes, this should include that a user asking question should edit his post to improve it if some other users are asking clarification ...
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Trivial edits on Ask Ubuntu

I have seen many people edit questions and answer just for trivial matters like capitalizing small letters at the start of a sentence, removing words like "Cheers" or "Thanks in advance", or simple ...
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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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What constitutes an "edit" for badges?

What counts as editing, specifically for badges such as Strunk & White, Copy Editor, Excavator and Archaeologist? Does retagging count? Editing my own posts? Rollbacks? (I assume so.) Flagging? ...
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Is there an easy way to include images from https://imgur.com?

Sometimes, posters provide links to https://imgur.com rather than to https://i.stack.imgur.com. Then, if I want to include the image in the poster's question, I first have to open the https://imgur....
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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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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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Acknowledge the editor of a post

First time editor so it can be I'm simply not getting the way this site copes with editing. I have edited https://askubuntu.com/questions/445325/trying-out-ubuntu-as-an-alternative-to-windows-xp and ...
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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 ...
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How do I upload a screen shot to this page?

I am having problems with setting up partitions after a new install 13.30. I think I have lost data. I have a screen shot of gparted but how do I upload it to this site so others can help me?
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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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Make blockquote formatting button not destroy the source layout!

You ever had a post in front of you where the OP did mix up blockquote and code formatting? Not those easy cases where he/she wrote a > character before the paragraph himself, but those cases when ...
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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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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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Should we edit offensive content that is only meant to vandalize the site?

Ok, let me clarify some substantive that I'm going to use: Content: it may refer to comments, body or title of a certain post. Offensive: anything that I wouldn't show to my Boss, family or for what ...
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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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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 we modify a question just to fit the answers?

I'm wondering, should I change the sense of a question just to fit my answer? I remember once that Jokerdino told me not to, hence I didn't, but is this an accepted practice?
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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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"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 ...
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Can I view and cancel my pending edits?

I am still relatively new to this site, so I am wondering if it is possible for me to view my pending edits? If so, can I also cancel them? Whenever I try to look at pending edits I am told that my ...
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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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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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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....
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Why does CTRL+Z undo all changes?

Hi many times I have observed that while doing editing to any post with multiple edits, if anywhere we have gone to the wrong edit and if we go for undo (CTRL+Z ) then all changes including the ...
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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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What is the syntax in this forum to create keyboard-like key images? [duplicate]

I found that some users type a keyboard button with a box around it such as in this question. I like to use this in my question, but do not know how. What do I have to type?
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Edit approved by no-one?

Consider this approved edit (edit by me): https://askubuntu.com/review/suggested-edits/170518 Why is reviewer field blank? Who really approved the edit? This only occurs on that particular review and ...
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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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Community consensus regarding using backticks or 4 spaces for code

There might be similar posts regarding this in the past. So, please forgive me. I often find it hard to edit a post which has lengthy code (indented using 4 spaces). Also, there are higher chances of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to partially accept an edit?

A post of mine just got edited. Most of the edit was great. Just one thing was not true. Is there a way to partially accept an edit. I just accepted and then edited the edit, is there a better way?
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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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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 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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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? ...
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How do i request an edit to an answer?

Ive asked a question which so far has only received one answer. This answer was good enough to help me figure out the solution for myself, but isnt entirely accurate. I'd like to accept this answer ...
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unsaved comment edits are lost when showing new comments

When I do the following... post a comment start editing the comment I recently posted see that newer comments have been posted click the link to show the newer comments ...my editing of my [less ...
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Order of operations when editing/flagging

A bit of a question and a bit of a PSA for others to potentially avoid the problem I ran into. This question was originally unclear. The title did not match the question body, and there was (...
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Comment "edited" icon is too big...

As you can see the circle outline is bigger than the space alloted for it, which causes it be "cut off".
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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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Show comments to a question, when editing that question with less than 2K reputation

When I edit a question, this is often in response to a suggestion in the comments. For this reason it would be very helpful if I could see the comments at the same time in the window where I am ...
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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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