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absurd edit war

I was involved in an edit war at EE.SE earlier this year, over this answer. The following meta discussion is here. Based on this experience, IMO if a particular edit is rolled back once by the OP, ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Spicy jalapeno bacon ipsum dolor amet venison pig beef fatback frankfurter tail cupim hamburger pork loin andouille drumstick leberkas. Ball tip alcatra swine pig pastrami sirloin corned beef rump ham ...
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What are some basic guidelines for good edits on Chem.SE?

On Stack Exchange, we generally like having substantial edits being made. Somebody who edits a post to correct one or two typos is helpful, but somebody who also takes the time to improve the title ...
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I have a doubt about "doubt" in doubt titles

When I started about an hour ago, a search for is:question title:doubt gave 25 questions. I (have tried to) fixed these.
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absurd edit war

I thought long and hard whether or not I should comment, but because the post reads like that the moderating team enforced this edit war, which is simply not true, I think it is necessary to clear up ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

This was actually something we (the moderators) looked at a few months ago. Suffice it to say that we've tried everything that is reasonable to contact this guy, short of sending him a Howler by owl ...
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Are questions being excessively edited?

From what I can infer you are saying that the edits are too trivial. Personally I don't necessarily agree with that - in my opinion edits should be substantial in the sense that they fix everything ...
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Adding your Ideas as Edits to a Question

In general I would edit, if and only if these two criteria are fulfilled: the edit improves the question (in this case, especially in terms of clarity) the edit does not distort the meaning of the ...
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Non-English posts: Should edits that offer a translation be entertained?

Yes, that was a strange one, but I decided it does no harm in accepting the edit. The history itself is preserved for anyone who wants or needs to know. As far as it goes with the authors intention, ...
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Non-English posts: Should edits that offer a translation be entertained?

Such edits should be allowed; they preserve the original intent of the author in the purest way possible while promoting the question from close-worthy (‘unclear what you’re asking’ — aka I don’t ...
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Converting decimal comma to an English dot

I would say: Yes, convert to English-language numerical punctuation. The official language of the Stack Exchange network is English, save for sites whose mission is specifically to provide content in ...
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Your edit gets rejected, then the reviewer who rejected the edit does essentially your edit...?

I went through your suggested edits. First of all let me say that there are not enough of them to make a generalisation; there are four rejected ones, and there is good reason for that. Also the later ...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

I suggest let's look to journalism (no, not the tabloids - but the concept) First, editing another users post for typos and typesetting is... working as intended I would say. The issue is when we ...
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How appropriate it is to improve typography of quoted text from the third-party source?

Looking at the Chicago Manual of Style, there are a couple of sections on permissible changes to quotations. Section 10.7.4 says that in a passage quoted from a modern book, journal, or newspaper, ...
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When a low quality question turns into a fascinating tutoring dialog

I may be reading your question more simply than intended but I would say: 1. Edit content from comments into question Comments are meant to improve the question. If a user provides thought in the ...
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absurd edit war

Leaving the tone of the question aside there is a series of misconceptions or misinformation that I wish to point out. As a moderator, one might think that I am biased, but I will let the community ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Hey it's no fair that two mods wrote an answer to this question but no mortal user did so I decided to answer and what I was about to say is that it's hard to deal with such users, if not impossible I ...
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Simultaneous post editing

Users with more than 2,000 rep are granted two important abilities regarding editing: edit without hassle: that is, their edits would take effect immediately, and review edit suggestions of users ...
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May I convert one of my ill-received, deleted questions to a completely new one in order to try to work towards lifting my question ban?

I welcome your intention to clean up your question(s). Unfortunately that will probably be not as easy. Of your 11 questions only 4 are not deleted, and only one of those is not closed. All these ...
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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Somebody complained that the reaction I asked about doesn't exist. Why is this a problem? Chemistry is an experimental science first and foremost, and this is especially true of synthetic chemistry, ...
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Formatting Sandbox III: please test stuff here

Common misspellings This table is indexed alphabetically in the first column. Please feel free to add to it. The second column contains a link to the appropriate Wikipedia page. Wrong Correct Remarks ...
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Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag?

Is it a bad idea to have an edit only be the addition of the homework tag? Is this too minor of an edit? No! Having the correct tags under a question is vital.[1] Tags are useful. For high-...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Above and below in mathematical (or chemical) expressions I will fully admit that this post is also a personal memo of how I do it, but it is also a great feature I wish to share. The problem ...
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Hidden points of editing you probably didn't know

Add color to track/emphasize terms Want to show how a molecule proceeds through a series of reactions? Be judicious and think about the color-blind ...
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Question & answer edits to improve searchability

As far as traffic stats go, users with >25k rep have access to site analytics (see the help centre page). As of today (18 Nov '16), only ron, Klaus Warzecha, Ben Norris, DavePhD, and the moderators ...
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How to handle this Li Zhi guy?

Instead of making this about Li Zhi, how about we adapt a meta-policy. If anyone posts an answer that is a wall of text then we down vote [once] and add a comment Didn't read. This wall of text is ...
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Don't I have the authority to reject any suggested edit?

You're unable to force the system to allow you to stop people editing your posts, this is a feature of the StackExchange model, that anyone in the community is free to improve upon posts (once they ...
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