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Sizing for images If you post to Imgur (the default host for StackExchange) you can use URL suffix codes to change the size of the image in your answer or question: $$ \small \begin{array}{clcc} \hline \text{Thumbnail Suffix} & \text{Thumbnail Name} & \text{Thumbnail Size} & \text{Keeps Image Proportions} \\ \hline \text{s} & \text{Small ...


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Units formatting Units should always be upright, and be separated by value with a space. This can be achieved best in MathJax with the sequence ~\mathrm{ place unit here }. The tilde generates the space, \mathrm{...} makes sure the text is upright. If your units are a product and/or with superscripts, separate them with a small space \,. Nice additional ...


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Overview and Quicklinks (ordered chronological, oldest entry first) Units formatting Use mhchem to format chemical expressions Sizing for images Grammar, spelling, and style Clean, descriptive titles improve searching. Remove MathJax / $\rm \LaTeX$ markup in question titles. Be judicious when editing questions that are [on hold] or [closed]. Don't let the ...


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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, no further edits in that vein should be made, ever, except by the OP him/herself (or by someone who has their unambiguous blessing). The spurned editor then has ...


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Be judicious when editing questions that are [on hold] or [closed]. Editing posts bumps them back to the top of the main page. Only edit closed questions that you think you can improve them to the point that they can be reopened. There is little benefit to the site when low-quality questions with minor edits are bumped to the top pushing more recent ...


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Clean, descriptive titles improve searching. Martin mentioned it in a comment, but I will summarize here. Good titles help make questions about chemistry experiments, exercises, and problems more searchable. Titles help people find questions, and not just using the internal search. Good question titles will show up in Google (and other search engine) ...


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Use mhchem to format chemical expressions (For people out there who don’t know this … yet.) We have the wonderful mhchem package which comes with the even more wonderful \ce{...} command. What this command basically does, is take plaintext input like you would put it in a chat message, and transforms it into beautiful chemical expressions. (It only works ...


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Don't let the broad tag be Tags help define categories for questions and thus they make searching easier. Occasionally I see posts — from relatively new users especially — that contain only one broad tag like organic-chemistry, inorganic-chemistry(this one's really broad and unhelpful as the only tag on a question), everyday-chemistry, etc. ...


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Use display style maths wherever possible Inline maths mode should be only used for short introductions of terms, a sum formula of a compound. For more complex terms, like fractions or sums, it messes with the spacing of the body and it might become unreadable. Examples Using inline maths environment to produce a rather complicated term with a fraction ...


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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 and retag the question is even more helpful. Therefore, here are some basic guidelines for editing: Titles Please make sure that a descriptive title is added ...


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Text and spaces in MathJax Trying to put a short phrase in your MathJax, but your spaces keep disappearing? There are a few ways to explicitly insert spaces. For a short phrase it is best to use the \text{...} command like $$\Delta x\, \Delta p \ge \frac{\hbar}{2} , \text{with } \hbar=\frac{h}{2\pi}$$ which produces $$\Delta x\, \Delta p \ge \frac{\...


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Comprehensive editing I’d like to add another issue that I see not happening way too often: When editing for any of the other points, do a simple check of the text and the MathJax involved, too. Oftentimes I see someone edit the title but not touch the body even though it could be greatly improved by a simple two-minute check, revising capitalisation, ...


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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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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 a few things. First and foremost I agree that this kind of disagreement over the state of a post should be avoided at all costs as it transports the wrong ...


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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 post. My personal opinion is that ~80% of his posts are salvageable. If you are not willing to put in the effort (and I don't mean that in a negative way - it ...


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No, unfortunately there isn't a way to get around this for users without the editing privilege (2000 rep). People have proposed this as a feature on Meta.StackExchange numerous times, but it's thought that people would use it to "game" edits (not on our site in particular, but on a higher volume site like Stack Overflow, this is a problem). So, there are a ...


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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 that needs to be fixed in the question. Whether that is minor or major, I do not really care. I think minor edits are fine as long as it fixes everything that ...


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Benefits of editing posts to add computer-drawn structures: The structures are clean, perfectly legible computer-drawn images. They have no shadows on the margins or otherwise irrelevant content. Every element is clearly readable (I had a professor whose $\ce{Cl}$ looked something like a handwritten e). Fish-hooks and arrows are clearly distinguishable It ...


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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 original author I like to believe that all my edits improve questions, and you have the right to believe so as well. However, the second criterion is tougher: ...


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I am probably responsible for the edits you are talking about. The only reason I edit is because it looks better, just like how MathJaX looks better, and as you correctly guessed, it depends mainly on whether I happen to be online and have time. I am not trying to enforce a standard that others should uphold—it is purely to improve the quality of the ...


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Assuming one does not have time to improve a suggested edit, should this type of thing be accepted or rejected? This type of edit, regardless of the actual intention of the editor, is spam being introduced into the site. As such, it should be rejected. Was editing the post the best thing to have done? Are there any improvements that could be made? It ...


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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, we regularly edit posts here and in rare cases some of the initial intention gets lost. However, especially in this case, I think allowing the translation to ...


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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 speak Spanish) to keep-worthy (we can now all understand what OP is asking). If you do not speak or read enough of the foreign language in question to confirm the ...


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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 other languages. This has been established via this Meta.SE post, and the SO blog post linked there. Therefore, it makes the most sense to me that numerical ...


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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 applied changes were not that similar. There have been plenty of discussions on formatting and editing on this meta. We have agreed on a couple of standards, ...


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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 quote 3rd party sources - that are not likely to respond for clarity. It is common practice in the field of good journalism to try to preserve when citing a ...


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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, obvious typographical errors may be silently corrected. Section 10.8 says that typographical style may be changed to agree with the style of the work in which the ...


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