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What should I do to avoid an edit war when someone rolls my edits back?

Step 0. Don't get in an edit war. The very first time somebody deliberately rolls back your edit (I'm not talking about accidental overwriting), leave them a comment asking what's going on and explain ...
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Why do people post screenshots of their terminals?

So, is this a policy on AU? Has the community decided that it prefers images over text? Of course not. Everything you've said is true in most cases. I'm certain there are some cases where a ...
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Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Yes, it is totally fine. Besides, reputation from edits are capped at 1000. So after your 500th edit suggestions, you will stop getting reputation. Also you do not get reputation from edits, but ...
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Should people with more than 2000 rep write an edit summary?

<2k users have to justify their edits to the review queue. Once you cross that and earn the Edit privilege you no longer have to explicitly explain everything you do. That said, if you're pushing ...
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What to do if an edit war starts?

Flag it. Never let it go that far. And that applies to both parties. This got far sillier than it needed to. We can hopefully give a reasoned opinion and if you don't care for that, you can come to ...
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Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Well the community needs your grammatical skill as much as it needs a knowledge of Ubuntu. Good question and answers are no use if no one can understand them.
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What do we do with (very) long answers, filled with off-topic story-telling?

Trim them down. Ask Ubuntu (and Stack Exchange) wants questions and answers without distractions. Like a FAQ. If you see too much noise unrelated to the solution of the question, just remove it.
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Questions including "Please help me"

"Help me please", "anticipated thanks", "my immortal and cool name", taglines, salutations, etc. are just noise, they don't add anything to the question and should go. Also, check tagging and title ...
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Is using `code` styling for non-code samples okay?

As a general rule, code should be used exclusively for things that a computer would understand. This includes code, commands, paths, package names etc. URLs don't need it but it's OK to use them to ...
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Editor Privilege?

Features like this are put behind an experience wall because we want experience. Both technical with the subject matter, and with the system. 150 good edits is equivalent a weekend of contact time ...
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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?

Add the line <!-- language: <language_string> --> (where <language_string> is the string identifying the language) before the start of the code, and make sure that the code itself ...
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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?

Functionally speaking Zanna's answer is good... Although I would beg you avoid rollback wars. That is to say if they rollback your rollback, don't rollback again. Raise a flag for a moderators on ...
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Is translating posts using Google Translate acceptable?

NO. Sorry, but no. If the OP is so lazy they can't even be bothered to try and use Google Translate themselves, then we should absolutely not do it for them. As you say, Google Translate translations ...
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If a question I wrote has no replies, can I edit it in order to move it up on the Top Active list?

Yes, absolutely edit it to add more information; this is encouraged and is the proper way to get a question answered! The trick is to just not make trivial edits, add as much information as you can. ...
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How to tell an editor they are doing something consistently wrong?

This is where the @ replies come in handy. Users become eligible for an @ reply on a post if they do one of the following things: Vote to close the post. Edit the post. Comment on the post. ...
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What is the consensus about hijacking the accepted answer?

Upvote number 2, also I have edited out the attempt to merge the answers, as this does a disservice to the person who originally answered with answer 2 and gives votes to a mostly old answer that just ...
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An appeal to low rep users!

Improving poor answers is what typically makes high rep users out of low rep users. I look closely at any and all critical comments and determine a course of action based on what's said. Often this ...
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Bad admin choices regarding a compound question

The body of your question doesn't really seem to relate to the title. You also don't really seem to be asking a question in the first place. Are you complaining about how Thomas rolled back your edit ...
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Does this sound a bit condescending?

The question indicates that the OP may have not yet achieved in depth knowledge of Bash programming. The recommendation to read some Bash manual is therefore obvious. But I understand that the wording ...
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Should tags be edited out from a question if they appear irrelevant?

You should absolutely remove irrelevant tags, wrong tags, add missing tags and anything else that makes the question better. Collaborative editing is a big part of the SE model and tags are not ...
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editing user's posts

When editing posts I try to do as little as possible to clarify the question. Grammar spelling - go ahead and fix. Fix quotes or more often code blocks - go for it. I will delete inappropriate ...
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editing user's posts

Here's a good example of a question that needed a lot of deleting to make it legible and on-topic. Soifthereisalotofblabberinggoingonandremovingitservesapurpose: Remove the superfluous info! :-)
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What should I do if someone makes a bad edit to my post?

You should "rollback" the edit if someone damages your post. Click on the 'edited * ago' link under the post then find the revision you want to go back to and click 'rollback' (By the way, this ...
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Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Trust isn't only about knowledge of Ubuntu. It's also about being a helpful person who has the community's best interest at heart. So the reputation you gain from editing is well deserved. That said, ...
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Is it ok for my reputation to be edit-based?

Just to add another way of saying it: The longer you are on this site, the more you realize that good questions are the key to a better quality of the site. Good questions are clear about what to ...
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Should long questions be edited if parts prove irrelevant?

A question should probably in general be as short as it can be while including all the relevant detail needed to answer. If you are sure some piece of information you've included isn't needed, then I ...
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Should we roll up the details in this question into its title?

YES!! Please do make edits like that. As it is anyone suffering from slow wifi is likely to click hopefully on that question and the majority of them will be wasting their time. Putting hardware ...
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Please explain the rejected outcome for this suggested edit

The edit suggestion obviously improved the post and should have been approved. I approved it and made some further changes. I also edited the answer slightly. My take: it is always worthwhile to ...
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Should people with more than 2000 rep write an edit summary?

I almost never put in an edit summary. This is probably a bad thing, but to be honest, the system makes it so easy to see the history of an entire post and the diffs look so good I usually just let ...
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What is our site policy on code/command edits?

TL;DR I don't think there is a detailed site policy and I don't want there to be one, because it would be too complex to codify*. No policy, however sensitively and scrupulously defined and flexibly ...
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