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Yes, the OP's age is relevant if they're 10 years old. Although age is not 100% correlated with vocabulary or math knowledge, being 10 does tell us a lot. And someone at age 10 is very unlikely to be operating at a high level of abstraction or logical sophistication. Brain development takes time, and even precocious kids do not usually fully develop higher-...


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I think that edits of another user's post should be reserved for typographical errors (e.g., grammar, LaTeX formatting) adding/modifying relevant links (e.g., updating broken links) word choices (e.g., using liquids as a generalized replacement for fluids) These edits are minor, changing the superficial appearance while leaving alone the content. Edits ...


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There is nothing unethical about a minor edit, if it improves the post. The practice of bumping posts by edits is only problematic if the edits don't actually improve the post (e.g. only add superfluous whitespace, replace words by synonyms or phrases by equivalent phrases...). Users are invited to flag posts (with a custom moderator flag) when they think a ...


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Well, you were suspended last time around for posting low-quality questions (which are a problem because they create work and annoyance for other members of the site) and making scores of edits that didn't substantially improve the posts being edited but did clog the active lists with questions that folks had already seen (which also creates work and ...


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Low-reputation users whose edits go into the approval queue see an edit page with a box of advice like this: How to Edit ► fix grammatical or spelling errors ► clarify meaning without changing it ► correct minor mistakes ► add related resources or links ► always respect the original author I think that these instructions are ...


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Abbreviations and acronyms should be explained, especially if in the title. Avoid abbreviations in titles, such as, e.g., TDR, BGK, GTO, EFE, etc. Spell them out instead (as editors have later done in some of the above examples). Believe it or not, but the most important part of the Phys.SE community is actually not the questioners nor the answerers but ...


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Some notes on the application of site privileges All site privileges should be used judiciously. As a long term goal we would like to see good grammar, usage and spelling predominate on the site. However, we also don't want to see an endless stream of one-word edits. This is a major reason for the six-character minimum on suggested edits: to accustom ...


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There's a subtlety to the guidelines for editing here that many people (even some aged, veteran users) don't quite pick up on... So I'll try a different approach here There's a famous interview with Richard Feynman, where he was asked the question, "how do two magnets attract or repel each other?" To which he responded, I can't explain that attraction in ...


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The general rule is that you should not edit the question in a way that invalidates the existing answers. Doing that causes a lot of problems and is rather unfair to the early answerers. There are some exceptions, e.g. if the question would otherwise be closed it can be justified to perform some radical edits even if they invalidate existing answers. Or if ...


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I believe one reason for using these marked revisions is when the question itself is edited by the OP in a significant way, which necessitates an important change in the answer. The answer may have been a good answer to the original question, and the answerer is reluctant to suppress it altogether : he'll rather add an appendix answering the new question. ...


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The "edit rejected" page actually tells you: "This edit conflicted with a subsequent edit." meaning that the post has been edited (in this case by its owner) since you submitted the edit. If a post is edited, all other suggested edits for it are automatically discarded.


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On both this edit and this one, the edit was rejected because a user with full editing privileges (i.e. 2k+ reputation) started editing before you submitted your edit, as detailed on this Meta Stack Exchange post: A user with full edit privileges saves an edit over yours If a user with full editing privileges for a post (including the original poster)...


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The SE sites are intended to act as a reservoir of knowledge, and I find them pretty good in this respect. The best answers are almost blog articles in that they don't just answer the question but explain the issues around the answer and sometimes even related material. It takes a lot of time and effort to write a really good answer and it continually ...


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It can still be useful for people who come across the question later and may look to it as an example of how to ask their own questions. So I wouldn't call it a bad idea. But it's not as important to edit a question which is going to be closed as it is to edit those which are going to stay open.


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I can only guess, but here are my guesses: As for why the edit suggested changing the quotation marks: plain text does not allow for proper (curly) quotation marks, so the " character has become the standard to represent quotation marks in plain text and text-based contexts (as opposed to rich text) online. Granted, this part of the edit is probably not an ...


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No, I do not think that a statement of the OP's age should be edited out, or (as DavidZ suggests) replaced with a statement identifying the type of answer requested. In my opinion this is an unnecessary and unhelpful interference with the question. Most questions (and answers) do contain a lot of irrelevant material. If we are going to enforce a policy that ...


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Yes, you should edit and/or leave a comment in these cases because Images are fixed size and will display poorly in small browser windows, particularly on phones. MathJax is searchable, although the search functionality is usually not all that useful. MathJax provides a uniform style for typesetting, while the typesetting in images can vary wildly depending ...


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From our editing guidelines: Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include: To fix grammar and spelling mistakes To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning) To include additional information only found in comments, so all of the information relevant ...


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Yes, you should avoid flooding the front page. I recommend doing them in small batches of say 2 or 3 posts at a time.


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We don't, really. People shouldn't make edits unless they represent a nontrivial improvement to the question. But note that tag changes are often nontrivial, because people use tags for filtering and also for understanding the context of a question, so it's relatively important to have accurate tags on questions. Existing tags are chosen as they are for a ...


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Grammar/spelling changes are fine. Particularly if the person editing made an effort to get all of them at once. Even if a question is readable, it's okay to edit it to fix all the remaining mistakes at once. A single space is pretty minor, but since it's on a title it's also sort of important to get right. It just looks bad. Poor grammar in the title ...


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You can get notified when posts are edited by using the Stack Overflow Extras extension script. However it's been declined on the mother meta. If you were able to change your vote on a post as much as you want, that allows some methods of gaming the reputation system, which is why it's not allowed. You get five minutes after you cast your vote to change it, ...


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Questions founded on a misunderstanding of something are a work-a-day reality of teaching physics and on Physics Stack Exchange. If you have the time and inclination, then correct the misunderstanding. Sometimes that might just be a comment, sometimes it's an answer to the question (if not he one the OP expected), and occasionally it's not clear which it ...


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Am I really discouraged from correcting spelling and grammatical mistakes? For example changing "tale" to "tail" is trivial in the sense that it doesn't affect the meaning of the question, but it makes a big difference to the way visitors will perceive this site. Do we really wish to encourage the stereotype that scientists are illiterate?


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I don't care either way. It's unneccessary to remove thanks and greetings, but it's also unneccessary to include them. I wouldn't encourage anyone to search for them to delete them. If you're editing the post anyway, you're free to remove them and streamline the writing. Cases where I would encourage editing out the bylines is when they become overly ...


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The stock answer is "Yes, we like to remove greetings and sign offs but we prefer edits to address more than one issue at a time. Just removing the 'Thanks,' is a small edit and those are generally discouraged. Of course, sometime it is hard to find other things to improve, which puts you (and the edit reviewers) in a bit of a bind. That may be the case ...


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I asked this question in a comment not too long ago and QMechanic responded... It means it's an edit suggested anonymously by somebody not logged in or not signed up for the site. If you log out and go to any question/answer, you can suggest edits.


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Sure, just edit in the correct spelling, along with any other fixes required. (In most cases a question's title also stands to be improved, or a tag can be added, so that the edit is not just the spelling correction.) This is not specific to Nobel laureates' names, by the way - it goes for any spelling corrections.


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When it comes to comparing $5$ $m/s$ $5\,\mathrm{m/s}$ As ACuriousMind said, they don't look the same. In the first one, "m" and "s" will be italic (representing variables) but in the second one they're in upright font, representing units. Let's say you fix that and write $5$ $\mathrm{m/s}$ It may look the same to you, but what about to everyone else? ...


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You're probably looking at an edit suggested to a tag wiki. While you have the ability to vote to approve these edits, you haven't yet earned the right to edit them directly - so the "improve" button is unavailable. dmckee, as a moderator, has all the rights and so sees the "improve" button regardless of his reputation. (and yes, just removing/...


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