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What is the recommended strategy if posts are being poorly edited? Especially if a single editor is editing many posts and many of the edits are problematic?

This isn't vandalism. Most edits improve the posts in some ways, but they frequently also include edits which are at best unnecessary and at worst positively harmful.

I just partially undid an edit which included changing correct markup for a document element into incorrect markup. The code was definitely better prior to the edit. (I copy-pasted the original code back.)

Earlier, I restored text which was not strictly needed in the post but was an attempt to respond by the OP to suggestions in the comments on how to improve the question. Although the OP had misunderstood what was being requested, simply removing their attempt at improvement seemed problematic. Moreover, the text did help make a little more sense of the question, at least in the sense of understanding what the OP was trying to do in a broad sense.

I can't respond to the editor in comments because editing a question doesn't mean you can be pinged, and the editor is not leaving comments (at least on the questions I've been re-editing).

I can't, as far as I know, offer to chat with an editor for the same reason. Nor can I flag an edit for moderator attention.

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    This is indeed a feature missing in the SE network, as well as in the Suggested Edits review: Directly pinging the editor for some cause – user31729 Jul 9 '15 at 3:53
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    You can't auto-complete editor names in comments, but I think pings to work – Joseph Wright Jul 9 '15 at 5:41
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    Editors should be, ehm, pingable, see How do comment @replies work? – Torbjørn T. Jul 10 '15 at 16:40
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    @TorbjørnT.: As far as I know the editor ping only works if the edit was successful, i.e for Suggested Edits this will fail, if the edit is rejected. Even if the edit is rejected, I think it would be nice to give some immediate feedback by pinging why this rejected ( Yes, I know, there is some note in the inbox then if the edit was rejected, but I don't mean that feature) – user31729 Jul 14 '15 at 7:56
  • @ChristianHupfer I see. Yes, you're probably right about that. – Torbjørn T. Jul 14 '15 at 8:06
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    IIRC, you can attach a comment to edit rejections. If a user keeps making the same mistakes, have a mod super-ping them in TeX - LaTeX Chat. – Raphael Jul 14 '15 at 14:13

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