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Can I correct grammar in questions/answers even if the message is clear?

Even if it is by a small amount, corrections like these still improve the clarity of the post. However, I would encourage you to follow the advice of the help page, and look to see if there are any ...
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Discouraging serial editors

Users cannot gain more than 2k reputation from edits, cf. the "Can I earn reputation?" section here, so there is a natural and rather low limit to such "farming". Note that once ...
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Cases in which self-edits are an unethical mean to generate attention

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 ...
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Editing my own stuff get me suspended?

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 ...
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Is it okay to edit a question (on the main site) to downvote it after you initially upvoted it?

Please use edits to substantially improve the posts they are attached to. Please do not use trivial edits as backdoors to enable site features that are inaccessible to you for some reason.
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Can I correct grammar in questions/answers even if the message is clear?

Yes, please do. Such changes make the site easier to use for all readers.
rob's user avatar
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Discouraging serial editors

I think you're being unkind when you assume the purpose is to farm reputation. I suspect I know the user you mean since I've been seeing a lot of suggested edits that consisted mostly of adding links ...
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What do you think about editors editing your English form in the questions?

Edits that improve the grammar or spelling of posts are unquestionably welcome. StackExchange sites generally have a far weaker notion of "ownership" of posts than many other websites, and ...
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Should cosmetic edits be made to a closed question?

With the remodeling of the review queues, users now have the option to explicitly mark their edits to closed questions as significant enough to warrant reopen reviews. So, as long as the editors ...
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Why are some edits automatically rejected?

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 ...
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Meta-commentary in questions should sometimes be allowed

If you're not satisfied with my answer, you're under no obligation or expectation to accept it. We all write answers that aren't accepted all the time, and I've also written many questions to which I ...
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How to treat suggested edits that "correct a formula"?

I don't think formulae are really special in this regard: If you see an edit but you cannot tell whether it actually improves the post or not, skip it. Whether that's because you're not familiar with ...
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Is an asker's age relevant?

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 ...
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If I see a question mentioning an AI as the source, should I modify it?

The linked question seems like a good candidate for an exception to our broad preference to avoid chatbot/LLM-generated text in questions and answers, if only because the chatbot seems in this case to ...
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Is it OK to change commas to narrow no-break spaces in numbers when editing a post?

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 ...
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What should be done about this question and questions like this, where the OP is just received misguided information?

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 ...
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Should I edit question to format equation linked as image in MathJax?

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 ...
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Why did somebody change my quotation marks?

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 ...
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Should I not edit my old questions on a spree?

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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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Should contributions to the community be made compulsory? Absolutely not. No way. Hell no. Contributing to this site is done on a volunteer basis. If people want to contribute by writing answers, ...
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Is mass editing of old posts encouraged?

Is making a large number of edits to old questions in a short time frame encouraged, NO. Editing old questions is indeed encouraged, in the understanding that if the thread was inactive and editing ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Editing a question invalidating answers

As someone who flagged this issue, I'll give my perspective here. For one thing, it seems really strange to me that you mention that Cort Ammon, Bill Watts, and Dale's answers being invalidated, yet ...
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The proposed changes to the text editor would break this site

Here is one option put forward by the SE developers: switching from MathJax to prosemirror-math. For a quick look at how it works, I'll just pull this from their readme: Examples Unlike other editors,...
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Should editors share the punishment for downvotes?

No. If the edits were accepted then presumably the edits were considered improvements. The question of when downvotes occur rarely depends on edits: assuming the edits are good, this question would ...
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Vote locked in till the answer or question is edited

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 ...
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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

Specific to the case that you brought up, I'd note that the OP on your post made a different, unrelated edit to the question about 1 minute after yours. I can imagine a scenario where the OP was ...
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Improvement of a poor question by non-authors

In general, if the owner of a post has provided clear information in the comments under it, then I feel it is perfectly acceptable to incorporate that information into the post itself. This assumes, ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Is this a bug with editing posts?

The comment broke the grace period. According to ex-CM Shog9's answer, Edits will be rolled into the previous revision if the previous revision was created by the same author and none of the ...
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Cascade of mostly trivial edits by a user

I also assume that member decided to go on an edit spree of old high scoring posts to earn a few points. When I noticed the front page getting flooded, I sent them this comment, which I also posted in ...
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