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Note that you can't delete a question that has an accepted or upvoted answer, as per this Mother Meta FAQ. In this particular case, then, the post owner seems to have tried to delete the question and, when that failed, they vandalized the post. This is supported by a detailed breakdown in the question timeline: The question is already upvoted when the OP ...

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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 the formulae or the topic of the post in general is immaterial. If you see an edit that corrects a typo, approve it. If you see an edit that actually alters ...

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I rejected your edit to my post because I thought the only thing worth changing was deleting the additional is in the first sentence; the other changes you suggested were not what I wanted to say. If this happens again, the easiest thing to do is use the comments to question the author about the particular choice of language or blatant errors. On a ...

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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 concurrently editing, you beat them in, and they didn't want to give up what they were doing so rejected yours just as a means to get past whatever screen they got ...

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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 The h Bar. @xray0 Your edits are helpful, but please do them in small batches so you don't flood the front page with old questions. See Should I not edit my ...

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I rejected it for two reasons: The edits your proposed didn't actually improve the post, specifically: changing " to ' changing "quotes" to italics don't actually make the post easier to read, they are superfluous changes. Adding italics to certain words that weren't in quote marks originally Point #2 seemed to be adding your own flavor to Martin's ...

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Raise a custom moderator flag on the edited post, and we'll look at it. It's possible for the diamond moderators to remove a user's editing privileges, but we almost never need to do that. For anonymous edits that introduce spam or vandalize the post, reject them as spam or vandalism. If enough of those rejections accumulate, the IP address associated with ...

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There are three possibilities, of which the first one is to blame for the majority of the difference. The "102 edit suggestions approved" counts edits on deleted posts, while the "61 posts edited" does not. This SEDE query lists 28 such instances, which is not enough to explain the entire difference. As noted in the comments, SEDE ...

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Second, I assumed that the standard formatting for post titles would follow that of most other written works - capitalize nouns, verbs, and other major words but don't capitalize prepositions, conjunctions, or articles unless they are the first word in the title. That is incorrect. We discussed titles at length in the meta. One of the things the FAQ says is ...

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The character limit is in place to discourage the suggestion of trivial edits (e.g. adding a single period at the end of a post). Once you have full editing rights (at 2k reputation), i.e. when your edits are no longer submitted for review but directly applied to the post, you can also submit one-character edits.

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Yes, anonymous edits are useful. There are two reasons. If you are SE user on another SE subsite, but not on Physics.SE, your edits will show up as anonymous (as far as I know). I, for example, sometimes read interesting questions on subsites on which I do not have an account. If I see questions or answer where multiple issues can be improved (language, ...

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You can, actually, @replying to an editor works. However, usually "thanks!" comments are discouraged as they leads to clutter and in most cases are better expressed by acceptance ticks or upvotes. However, if you feel that an edit was particularly helpful in improving your post, feel free to thank the editor.

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There is a rollback option, but it doesn't notify anyone, just creates the reverse edit. You can find it on the bar for the second (and first) revision of the post. A Community edit is just one that was suggested by an anonymous user.

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After noting that one-character mistake, your first action should be to look for more mistakes & correct those. If all you can find is that one-character edit, then you need to think about whether that one character makes all the difference. If, for instance, the post writes that the kinetic energy is $$T=\frac{1}{2}kx2$$ (i.e. , no caret), then clearly ...

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If it is a one-time thing, just fix it however you like – roll-it-back first or don't, whatever float your boat: If the edit was too drastic, it is usually easier to roll-it-back first. This changes the status of the edit from "approved" to "rejected", and the editor loses their +2 rep. points – hardly relevant but it sends a message. If the edit was minor, ...

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I couldn't say why your answer was being downvoted, but in case this is what you're asking: the rule is that people should not take safety advice from this site. This is spelled out in section 5 of the TOS: To the fullest extent allowed by law, Stack Exchange disclaims any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, availability, ...

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There isn't really anything else sensible the system can do- it's not smart enough to combine the suggested edits, so it has to pick one over the other. You are of course welcome to incorporate the new changes into your own edit and resubmit it. This is a fairly unusual edge case anyway- it can only happen if someone starts and finishes editing at around ...

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If you know what the repaired link should be, you can suggest an edit with the correct link. However, that's not so helpful in this case, where the address of the broken link doesn't reveal very much about its intended destination. After you have earned a little more reputation, you'll earn the privilege of being able to comment on other people's posts, ...

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Click the 'improve tag info' button on the tag's page (e.g. aether) to edit. (Requires 100 reputation points.)

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The short answer is that you can't. You have to wait for the edit to be either approved or rejected. See this post, this post and this post.

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I think you got the most important part right about reviewing edits: if you can't tell whether the edit is an improvement or not, skip it and let it be reviewed by someone who can. This applies to any edit on any SE site, not just formulas. Having said that, formulas are used in a context, at least in good answers. That context often allows you to ...

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My best advice is to look for other ways to improve it first. Can you find a picture that illustrates a concept in the post? Can you add links to definitions of words that are used in it? Can you reformat equations to make them more readable? Can you fix a passive voice sentence? Maybe a split infinitive? Did they use "which" and "that" clauses correctly and ...

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There is a laboratory-safety tag, though it has very few applications. I don't see any reason it could not be applied to home-experiment questions. That said, I'm wary of getting into the business of making definitive safety statements on the site. Despite the disclaimer that David Z. talks about, many jurisdictions do not allow the disclaiming or waiver of ...

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You're not locked. Think of it this way. The SE engine can't just rely on one guy, believing solely on his arbitration. That's why it does this 50% believing on an user's decision on review queues. It varies. For instance, it's 20% for VTC queue, 33% on LQ queue (I've seen that one time, when I've recommended deleting the post, while two reviewers before me, ...

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I'll restate here Jeff's answer in the analogous question in the mother meta for the benefit of any future users searching this meta with the same question. There are a handful of conditions where we will stop accepting edits: A large number of suggested edits by you were rejected in the last day (absolute value) - if banned you will be banned for a week. ...

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Personally I don't think that edit was necessary. It doesn't make the question any clearer for me, and more importantly I don't see how it would make it more clear to the readership of the site as a whole. But if it does significantly improve the question for a significant number of people, in some way that I'm not seeing, then that's okay. I will also say (...

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Take a closer look at the post links there. :) You proposed two edits - one on the question and one on an answer. They happened to be approved within seconds of each other.

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