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Probably obvious from the tone of my question, but even though I prefer upper-case keywords, I don't feel it is our job as editors or reviewers to encourage and even reward behavior that is merely the enforcing of one's preferences onto others. I understand that often the intent is to improve the post. But on its own I don't think this should be a valid ...


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Ask a new (follow-up) question, including a link to the previous one if it provides useful context. The new question should still make sense on its own, of course. As a general rule, it is better to start a new question when a question edit would invalidate good answers. We don't charge by the question (but please don't go nuts - a hundred similar, very ...


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We do have issues with folk sometimes doing pointless edits or putting in minimal effort because they are after a badge or something, so we sometimes get a bit trigger-happy. In this case, I think you've taken the flak for others and your own edits are mainly fine so I've lifted the review ban. Thanks for not getting huffy about this and bringing it to meta ...


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My answer is a firm NO. There's only a handful of reasons that I can think of that would make it ok to edit someone else's code in either a question or answer: there's a typo that would prevent the code from working as is. reformatting to lay out the code so that it's visible. no nitpicking, just taking bunched up 1-2 lines of code and spreading it out ...


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Adding a comment seems inappropriate, as the comment does not add anything significant. A comment inviting the author to include information in the question body can be helpful. If the suggested action is taken, the quality of the question is improved, the number of comments is reduced, and it can help new people learn how to use the Q & A format ...


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Your edits and revisions seem to be mostly OK but I noticed these: A question that was closed: Canceling SQL Server Support where you simply added/removed a tag, while the question could have been edited for several more things. Another revision by you: Need to implement some logic in DB2 where you simply changed "login" to "logic". The question could have ...


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I don't think such upper-casing editing is a good idea, because it might discourage people from some cultures. AFAIK, some languages do not have the concept of uppercase/lowercase at all. People from such cultures might not value upper-casing the way we do. They may use upper and lower cases interchangeably, and IMO they should not be discouraged from ...


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I'm curious as to why someone would get out of their way for such an inconsequential change... This was a pretty terrible edit. Feel free to roll it back. ...do people get points when they edit other people's replies? People who have not yet earned the Edit Questions and Answers privilege earn +2 rep when their suggested edit is approved. People with ...


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There are at least two questions where this change has been suggested/discussed: Approve as too minor. An old question where @Shog in 13th of August makes many suggestions, one of them being: Get rid of the "too minor" reject reason entirely. @Shog's question (20th of August): What guidance should be given when edits are rejected?, where he starts ...


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From Why can people edit my posts? How does editing work? in the help: If a user without edit privileges proposes an edit that does not comply with the guidelines above, it is ordinarily rejected in the review process. Even if a bad edit is applied to a post, other users will generally fix it. Users with sufficient reputation may elect to roll back the ...


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The displayed close reason reflects a simple majority of the five community close votes cast. The question isn't at all unclear to me, so that is not the reason I chose personally when voting. As I recall, I voted to migrate it to Stack Overflow, which is often a better fit for more basic questions. Looking at the question history, I cannot immediately ...


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Since I assume you're complaining about my edits to your recent question, here's an explanation: Edit 1: Your question was about getting the max from two tables. I misread your code a bit, and thought the UNION ALL was supposed to bring the two results together. That was my mistake, and I rolled it back. Edit 2: I added the [sql-server] tag to your ...


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No. Tags are used to categorize questions so that subject area experts can locate them easily. Adding a tag that describes the answer does not assist in this purpose. From the Stack Exchange FAQ: Why do we tag questions? How do I correctly tag my questions?


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Yes. In fact, we would encourage you to edit your title to more accurately reflect the real question and the answer you received. Just be sure that the title, question, and answer make sense together. By the way, the question cannot be deleted (by you) because it has an accepted answer (see the link for a full description of when you can, and cannot, delete ...


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Some thoughts: I'm a native British English speaker, there will be differences in how you and I use the language Tag synonyms are added to the tag for auto-correction. However sql-server-2008 is different to sql-server in many cases: I often can give 3 different answers for 2000, 2005 and 2008 Not all posters are native English speakers. "How to show SQL ...


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If the questioner has added further information in a comment, it is already in his words, with his phrasing. Paste it into the question proper. Some sensitive edits to correct typos, say, or to help the narrative flow would be OK. For a new user, or if I'm uncertain I've properly captured the intention, I may leave a new comment explaining what's happened ...


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Try not to be annoyed. It helps no one, and complaining about someone trying to help you comes across as whiney. FYI, I just edited several of your questions to correct grammatical inconsistencies. Please realize this is only done to improve the quality of questions for the betterment of the entire site; both for your benefit and for the benefit of future ...


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The question author adding a "conclusion" is a bit of an odd thing that does not naturally fit in Q & A format. Nevertheless, on the odd occasion the question author strongly feels this sort of addition is necessary, and obviously benefits the site, the conclusion must go in an answer not in the question. In the same way that people edit answers out of ...


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Until a user has earned the Edit Questions And Answers privilege, suggested edits need to be at least six characters, and preferably many more than that. This may seem like an unfair restriction, but we want people learning to use the site to follow the advice in Why can people edit my posts? How does editing work? Edits are expected to be substantial and ...


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My view is that making an edit while respecting the intent of the original author is preferable. It produces the best and quickest outcome, with the minimum amount of noise and effort required from others. In this case, GROUP BY should pretty clearly be PARTITION BY so an edit would be nothing but helpful. Once the edit is made, the existing comment can ...


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Rolling back the edit would seem to me a perfectly fair course of action in this situation. You are not required/expected to be able to immediately validate someone's update which was approved without your participation. And if you aren't sure about it, you don't have to accept it – particularly if neither the suggester nor any of the approvers left a ...


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The general SQL Server tag is useful for people looking to answer questions about SQL Server in general. The specific version tag is useful for: answerers, so they know what features and syntax may or may not be used in their solution future readers, so they know whether answers there might be more likely to be relevant to their problem It may seem like ...


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I have to disagree with the currently accepted answer. This is a Wiki site, but there is more than one possible, valid answer for most of the more complex questions. It helps to keep different answers from multiple authors separate: To see when each was posted easily, without having to study the edit history. To have separate votes on multiple alternatives, ...


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I almost always make these sort of edits myself on UX.SE (except for the debatable spelling) as I have unrestricted editing. On sites where I do not have unmoderated editing I don't do minor edits as it would require moderator/ect attention to approve them. You'll note that the copy: Try to make the post substantively better when you edit, not just change ...


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I am strongly for tasteful editing to improve the quality of posts on our site, both new and old. However... Answer 1 Unmoderated editing is a privilege that comes with the following admonition (emphasis mine): Try to make the post substantively better when you edit, not just change a single character. Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged. To me, an ...


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No. This was a good edit suggestion. Having multiple answers that address part of the question is not preferable to having one good, collaboratively-improved answer. This is a wiki site, after all.


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You can edit your own question as you like if you think it's an improvement. If the edit deviates from the original question so much it basically becomes a completely different question (and maybe even invalidate answers) you should probably be going for a new question.


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It looks like the room was automatically judged "not worth retaining" by the system: Rooms will exist indefinitely, so long as there is at least one person actively talking in the room. A room is considered worth retaining if it has more than 15 messages by at least 2 users. Rooms not worth retaining which are inactive for 7 days will be deleted. ...


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When you check what's directly under the bottom of your post, there are two links like edited 2 hours ago and the 'card' of the editor. If you click the former, you will get to the revision history of that post. You'll see something like in this picture: On every state, except the newest one, there is a 'rollback' link. If you click it, the question will ...


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I tried to capture most of that content in a community wiki answer to the question, and I'm not sure the chat adds that much in this case. On reflection, you're right: That chat doesn't add much value, so I'll delete my comment linking to the resurrected chat room. The 404 is definitely undesirable - is there a way to make a chat be persistent, and not ...


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