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Is it possible to have the editor and preview in a side by side mode? Or maybe just a scrollbar in the preview?

I have a question about my Physics Stack Exchange post: A new way to define matrix-vector products, to relate physical fundamental constants and units of measure I'm trying to convert my post to ...
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Is this a bug with editing posts?

I just answered a question and edited it within a short period. But this is what I saw: What happened to the grace period of 5 minutes for editing a post?
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How to treat suggested edits that "correct a formula"?

Once in a while I see a suggested edit that claims to "correct a formula" (this is usually written in the edit summary). Is there a general "rule"/recommended procedure for such ...
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Should cosmetic edits be made to a closed question?

Sometimes when I am going through the reopen queue I come across questions that have been edited by another user who is not the author of the question. These edits are mostly or entirely cosmetic in ...
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Could we link the "Image equation to TeX" question from TeX SE somewhere?

It has been discussed before that one should not post images of text or formulas. However, many users still do – probably because they consider typing all this text too much work, which to some degree ...
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If I make edits to a bountied question, do people who have answered get notified of it?

I have asked a question and put a bounty on it. Looking at the 2-3 answers, it seems there might be a bit of confusion about what exactly I am looking for in the answer. If I add an edit to my ...
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How much editing of a question is acceptable? (e.g. Chicken Question)

In regard to the chicken question meta post one of the answers included this paragraph: This opinion is based purely on the actual question, and ignores the silly story. Surely the silly story can be ...
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How acceptable is prosemirror-math as an editor style for this site?

This is a follow-up to one of the possible answers raised in the thread The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site. Prosemirror-math is a math editing framework that allows for ...
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Is it okay to edit a question (on the main site) to downvote it after you initially upvoted it?

On the PSE main site (so not on this site), I normally never downvote a question or answer, but sometimes you change your thought about this (after upvoting). Is it okay to edit (when I wanted to ...
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A toolbar for MathJax commands would be helpful

As I was just writing my answer, I felt the need for the in-built MathJax toolbar for ease in writing equations and formulas without adding commands like \pi R^2 inside double $s. It will just create ...
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Difference in "edited posts" in editor stats and user profile

I noticed that there is an inconsistency in the number of edited posts between the "editor stats" (which is the dialog that you can see in post revisions) and the user profile. For example, ...
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The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site

You have probably seen already a link, on the Featured on Meta sidebar, to an announcement of an upcoming upgrade to the text editor on Stack Exchange, Opt-in alpha test for a new Stacks editor. As a ...
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Improvement of a poor question by non-authors

There are already many Q&A related to the improvement of a question by the original author. It is quite obvious and well documented how to proceed to improve the form of a question. However, I did ...
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Editing a question invalidating answers

This question kept pushing for more or less the same idea till 21st November. At the time, the question then contained an explicit calculation where the author had tried to explain his work. Two days ...
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What are the principles for editing another person's question?

If I wish to edit a question to improve its quality, what are the general guidelines to keep in mind? Sometimes I feel I deviate from the OP's original style when I use formatting. So, what all ...
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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

I saw that I had several edit suggestions rejected so I decided to take a look at them, out of curiosity. While most of them were fair, or at least understandable, there was one that I found very ...
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Is mass editing of old posts encouraged?

There are badges awarded ("excavator" and "archaeologist") for editing old posts; it is clear that encouraging this can improve the site by ensuring that as many posts as possible ...
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Can I correct grammar in questions/answers even if the message is clear?

I am talking about stuff like principle/principal, its/it's, your/you're, effect/affect. Can I correct these things even though the meaning of the question/answer is clear? Would it come across as ...
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Adding length-contraction tag won't work

I recently asked this question. Before posting, I added the tags special-relativity and length-contraction, but after posting, only the special-relativity tag remained. I tried multiple times to edit ...
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Meta-commentary in questions should sometimes be allowed

I've edited in a 'meta-comment' into this question, which was rolled back by a moderator: Note: answer accepted for sake of closing the question, though parts remain unanswered, and will be ...
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Badly formatted questions and answers

There are several questions like this one, which have basic formatting issues. I'm not talking about formulas, which are not in MathJax, but rather no punctuation (not the case in the linked question)...
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How can I flag a harmful anonymous suggested edit?

I'm new to the "Suggested Edits" review queue. Recently, I was asked to review an edit suggested by an anonymous user which if accepted would actively harm our site. I rejected the edit. Is there a ...
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Just yesterday, I read this and there dmckee♦ posted this comment, and he said: ...relatively small fraction of the eligible users apply their power with any regularity. Now there is already a ...
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Stop killing suggested edits in the name of "conflicted with a subsequent edit"

I saw this and thought to edit it by adding a blockquote, do some MathJax formatting and editing tags. And so I devoted 7 minutes (on a mobile device), trying to make StackExchange a better place. And ...
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Should I myself edit the question or encourage the OP to do so?

Everyday, many questions are posted on this site(Physics SE) which need to be edited because of many different reasons (like MathJax, grammar, typos, tags etc.). Now, I am okay with the grammar, typos,...
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Completely changing a question vs asking a new question [duplicate]

When a OP has one of their questions closed one of the main desirable outcomes is for the OP to edit the question to address the issues that led to the closure. However, where should we draw the line ...
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Edit rollback query

Yesterday, this question was asked and I believe the question itself is fine, but my question regards the edits. I edited the question by paragraphing it and improving the grammar in many areas. The ...
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Cases in which self-edits are an unethical mean to generate attention

I made 6 minor edits to my latest answers. The last edit (addition of a link to a lecture on the topic) I did 2 days after I gave the answer. I noticed that the question received a lot of new ...
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Automatic rejection of edit where I only added tags

To my surprise, I tried to add a couple of tags to this question but the edit was automatically rejected with an error message about how the changes must be at least 6 characters long, pointing to the ...
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Cascade of mostly trivial edits by a user

Example today . Many times I cannot see any real changes between the left and right side, but it might be my browser or his/her browser. Are people increasing their reputation by corrections? It ...
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Dealing with edited questions/answers

While it's not something usual, I've noticed that sometimes people edit my question or answer with a more complex notation or incorrect information/formulas. While I don't think this is done with ...
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Should I not edit my old questions on a spree?

I recently visited a couple of old questions that I had posted and there were a lot of edits (mainly grammatical but not all) that I wanted to make. I edited a couple of them and went back to the ...
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20 most viewed questions that need answers

Here are 20 most viewed questions that need answers. Some of these questions may have answers with negative votes. Only questions with upvotes will be removed from this list. This list will be updated ...
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Is it ok to edit to up vote?

Suppose that a user has down voted an answer to a question that they didn't completely understand. Years later, they read the answer again and find it to be good, but cannot change their vote because ...
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Is it ok to link my own questions from another SE site?

While I was suspended for low quality questions. I asked astronomy.SE if it would be ok to write some of my low quality questions from here to a higher quality there? They said yes and I did and they ...
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am I allowed to ask a user to be an editor for me

I am legitimately curious because if I find someone who understands me can I ask them to edit all my questions that others might not understand?
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What does the sentence below, which is only visible in the edit mode of an answer I gave, mean?

In this answer I posted there is a "sentence" visible when you look at the end of the edit version of the answer (visible when you "push" the "edit button" below the answer). The sentence isn't ...
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How to fix incorrect math in old accepted answers?

A couple of weeks ago this question was posted, and the question contained a simple typo in the equations for coordinate rotation. The first answer spent two lines politely correcting this. Then, as ...
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Why does the system block typo-fixing edits below 6 characters?

This question contains a couple of unfortunate typos in the blockquote at the top; however, it seems that I'm not able to propose an edit, because it would be below the minimum limit of 6 characters. ...
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Is it OK to change commas to narrow no-break spaces in numbers when editing a post?

As a non-native English speaker, I find it utterly confusing to read text containing figures like "1,234 m", which in English means 1234 m while for a person used to read e.g. French or German (person'...
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Can I ask an answerer to Fix a broken link in their post?

In this post: How can I put a permanent current into a superconducting loop? There is only one link at the bottom of the only answer. Can I ask the answerer to fix the link? How?
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Harmful edits: which action?

If I find an edit which caused more harm than help by a new user, and which was subsequently approved, is there any action I should take, in addition to fixing the edit? (And in this case, should I ...
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What should be done about this question and questions like this, where the OP is just received misguided information?

I am quite sure this question was a result of misguided information presented to the OP about Special relativity. But I think the OP only wanted a thought-experiment kind of proof for length ...
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Editing my own stuff get me suspended?

I just got taken off a 1 year suspension for the second time. I don't want to do anything that will get me another 1 year suspension. I saw many things I wanted to edit on my own stuff while I was ...
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Retracting flags

Initially I wanted to flag a question because of certain reasons. However, after the OP edited, I do not want to flag anymore. 1. Would my flag be declined? 2. Should I retract my flag?
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Should I edit question to format equation linked as image in MathJax?

I often come across questions where the author uses a linked image of an equation instead of typesetting it as MathJax. Should I edit the question to typeset the equation in MathJax, comment to let ...
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How may one suggest improvements on a tag wiki?

How may one suggest improvements on a tag wiki? E.g. the name of Huygens in the aether tag description is spelled Huygen.
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When it comes to the Suggested Edits queue, what would you consider a healthy ratio of accept-to-reject?

Some data first. As of today, there have been 27636 suggested edits: 23490 have been approved, 4146 have been rejected, 6873 were improved. The top 20 reviewers have the following stats: What do ...
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A decrease in reputation from 931 to 919 - what's the reason? [duplicate]

A few days back, my reputation was 931. However, each day I found it going down by 2, and now it stands at 919. Can anyone account for this loss? It seems no one has downvoted my answer or question ...
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Is an asker's age relevant?

In Why does Newton's Third Law actually work?, the asker states their age in the question. (They are 10 years old.) On the one hand, their age does not have anything to do with Newton's Third ...
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