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edit criteria regarding "national linguistic" practices

Well we've had this discussion on other grounds too, as you well know, but I think that since the language of the site is English, editing other-language typographical practices doesn't seem to me to ...
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Community effort in fixing the double backslashes issue

A list of (probably) all posts that show this problem is returned by the following query https://data.stackexchange.com/tex/query/695628/posts-probably-affected-by Which returns 11554 postings, this ...
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Community effort in fixing the double backslashes issue

On behalf of the team, thank you very much to everyone who participated in fixing the backslash problem. It really was excellent, amazing work. Editing is always underappreciated, and this must have ...
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

There is no formal way of preventing this behaviour as editing a post is assumed to improve it, and the subsequent bump is a by-product. Since the site is community driven, improper use of this ...
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Is it ok to change an OP's question to fit an answer?

In the situation you described I should say "absolutely not". In my opinion, the correct way to act, to not waste the answer, is that the answerer should ask a new question where to put his/her ...
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Is it allowed to mass edit answers for grammar mistakes?

Please don't bulk edit old posts (*). One of the central concepts of the stackexchange site is that edited posts are bumped to the top of the active question page. This normally allows users to easily ...
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Good practice for edit summary?

I used to be concerned with writing an edit summary, but have since only used it sparingly. The only time I write something is when I think the edit itself won't explain what was done. Why? Every ...
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Is there a possibility to edit your own answers some time later, without the question being pushed somewhere to the top of the "Active Questions"?

No, by design all* edits move material to the top of the active page. This is to avoid e.g. self-destruction of posts, 'minor' edits which make significant changes, etc. * The Powers can of course ...
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

According to the help topic What should I do if no one answers my question? users are encouraged to "edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to ...
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What is a trivial edit

Fundamentally edits should improve a post. However, minor typos - things that don't change the context of the post - should really be avoided. I think the biggest reason behind this stems from the ...
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Should I edit an answer to add a MWE and the corresponding output?

I'd recommend not editing others' answers and adding MWEs with output, because invariably your choice of what is minimal might not be the same as someone else's. For example, some people use \...
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A clock into StackExchange to access time counting

Stack Exchange keeps track of the days you were active on the site, but not the separate hours. So you won't be able to see how long you have been active, but you will be able to see the days on which ...
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

Since this is the way StackExchange works, I assume it is absolutely OK. If not, I am sure this feature will be removed. Regularly, I reread my own questions and answers. If I see errors, or a ...
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When is (and isn't) it acceptable to edit?

Proposal for Acceptable: Updating code in old answers following software updates (e.g., a new package version) Provided that the original code is preserved, to facilitate users with older versions ...
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Is it possible to have remarks removed/replaced automatically after a period of time?

By 'remarks' you might mean either part of the text of an answer or a comment on an answer. In either case the answer is 'no, there is no automation' but the reasoning is I suppose slightly different. ...
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How to tidy up/improve my question after I got the solution

Others go through the same process as you and therefore may use the same search path or approaches you did. So, if the attempts/code you present may provide value to the community or future visitors, ...
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Edit the comment(s) of an OP

No. Users may edit their own comments any number of times for five minutes after they are first posted. Edited comments are marked with a little pencil icon, and a mouseover tooltip over that icon ...
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

Sorry. I didn´t know this happened. And I believe I may speak for others too. Only after reading this post I find out that questions/answers get bumped by making minor edits. And that it´s annoying. ...
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A clock into StackExchange to access time counting

Expanding just a little on @Werner 's answer: Perhaps, it would be possible to extract content from the SEDE in terms of your activity. That would require a little database programming. Perhaps ...
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

It's annoying and people shouldn't do it because it is annoying. That should be an enough preventive indication.
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

If a question is bad then people would downvote/close it. If that does not happen, and we assume the question is intrinsically worth asking / answering, then the bump should have no significant effect ...
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‘double backslash + newline’ collapses to ‘single backslash’ when I hit ‘edit’

The linked question has now been fixed as part of a general fix of several thousand similarly affected posts, see https://tex.meta.stackexchange.com/a/7326
David Carlisle's user avatar
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Where are the instructions?

You can find instructions in the help center: How do I format my posts using Markdown or HTML? Furthermore, there's a question mark button at the top right of the editing window, when you write a post....
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Does adding an explanation in an edit make it "deviate from the intent"?

I think the rejection stemmed from Code change (which is often suspect) while keeping the original code as a viable "alternative" in the comment. Also, some people use abbreviated code forms, like \...
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Is it ok to change an OP's question to fit an answer?

Thanks for bringing this up. I’ll defer to the consensus here if there is one. My interpretation of the original question was, “I want to use Georgia in LaTeX and use different TeX engines. Here’s ...
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More specific reasons for rejecting edits

Disclaimer: This is purely speculative, only the reviewers will be able to tell why they rejected this edit This is how the start of your suggested edit looks like in the (markdown view) of the ...
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Is it allowed to mass edit answers for grammar mistakes?

Actually the following does not focus on whether it is allowed, but on whether it needs to be done. In order to do a proper edit, one needs to get the gist of the posting. If one can get the gist of ...
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More specific reasons for rejecting edits

TeX.SX is not considered to be a forum but people can post questions and answers. Today, and especially in such sites that many people are living a big part of their life online helping other people (...
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Editing own questions to move up on frontpage

Maybe it's slightly out of scope, but if you notice abuse of that feature, maybe you can document properties of the behaviour (e.g. "100 updates per day" or sth like that) and than propose to ...

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