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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 your edit. If the edit is urgent push it again, if it's not, wait. If they can't be reasoned with, flag it up and we'll take a look and take a firmer approach (...


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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 screenshot does make an amount of sense (illustrations to demonstrate a command's coloured output for example) but when we're talking about things that a user might want ...


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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 from "approved edit suggestions". Knowing this, when you reach 2k rep, you will no longer be able to suggest edits on posts, instead you will be able to edit them ...


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According to https://stackoverflow.com/faq#reputation, the edit reputation cap is 1000: The other way to gain reputation is by suggesting edits to existing posts as a new registered user. Each edit will be peer reviewed, and if it is accepted, you will earn +2 reputation. You can only earn a maximum of +1000 total reputation through suggested edits, ...


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The presumption with this answer is the editing of this: https://askubuntu.com/posts/344312/revisions The key parts of the FAQ are these quotes: Be nice. Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you because we’re all here to learn, together. Be tolerant of ...


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<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 major edits around on other people's posts, be courteous and explain what and why you're doing something. Doesn't need to be a book, just a note so they ...


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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 meta to discuss the contended issue.


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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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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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"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 when proposing suggested edits, fix as many problems as you can find in the post. Relevant What should be edited out of the questions/anwers/posts in general?


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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 avoid making the URL into a link. What you should never do is use code for emphasis, to highlight an important part of your post. That is just ugly and makes ...


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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 for some people. That's not nearly enough time to get everything right, or more importantly, for the system to notice a problem (in appropriate edits, etc). We ...


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I think this question is phrased wrong. I don't think the user is trying to game the system to collect rep through making small edits. It seems like a good faith effort to improve the site. As Seth mentions in the comments above, it's up to reviewers to reject the edits and explain why such small edits can be counterproductive. That's the only way anyone ...


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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 has an empty line before it: <!-- language: <language_string> --> ... <line 1> <line 2> <line 3> ... *<...


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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 your post. Explain the problem and we'll find the rustiest spoon available to "deal with" the problem. We're good at wet work. Use us. On a slightly different ...


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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. Keep on editing with as much information as you can. (You can start by linking your question in your post!)


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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. So in this case including @username in a comment will ping the user. Write out a nice message explaining what they did wrong and what they should change and ...


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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 leads to an edit to improve the clarity or cover additional information. Sometimes the comment provides additional info that prompts me to point the one leaving ...


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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 or are you complaining about how the CLI method is inferior or are you complaining about the question being too broad? I'll try to address these all. First, ...


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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 of read a basic bash programming manual especially when bolded is borderline rude. Much better would be to help by adding a link to a Bash guide that we ...


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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 special. So yes, please, correct any tagging issues you see!


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I see no need for any such rule. There are such things as badge hunters. There are such things as minor editors. There is nothing we can do about this. Now something to point out is that the second edit was made by a reviewer (guntbert) of the first edit. Now he decided to approve the edit, but remove the bold and add a tag. A perfectly valid ...


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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 happens to have the check mark - if answer one dosnt work anymore downvote it, or edit only to fix that method. If you have a new method use a new answer.


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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 language, email addresses, or personal information (phone numbers). I flag spam. If it goes beyond that, I usually add a comment asking the OP for clarification. ...


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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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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 example is a judicious edit - I didn't actually rollback here)


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We don't use the animal nicknames of a release here, we use the version number and the animal name is a development nickname until it's released. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelopmentCodeNames Should we have a consistent naming scheme? Either way the question itself wasn't very descriptive so I retitled it. Also why complain about someone trying to help out ...


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A Critical Reply to a Critical Note I can understand that it is frustrating as a new user to see your questions edited. If you stick around long enough on this website you will see that it really is a community and that you can be part of this community. The rules about quality are very strict (and your question absolutely needed to be edited to meet those ...


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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, the 1000 cap is correct.


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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 answer and invoke good and clear answers. If you play a role in improving the quality of questions (and answers), you are doing a job of major importance, and ...


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