As EnglishStudent rightly pointed out, you only have 1 question on this site: What can I do about people lightly touching me on the back to get my attention on subways? So, I'm assuming we're talking about this and it's edit history.
If I ask a question, and someone edits it changing it's meaning to something way different to what I meant, what should I do?
You can do 2 things.
- Reverse the edit, and keep the original question. This is generally the best way to go if a question doesn't have any questions for clarification in the comments, or when it isn't on-hold and has been received very positively by the community.
- Take a close look at the edit. What has been done? Is there anything from the edit that you can salvage? Maybe some extra information was edited in as well, can you re-edit the edit to make your original intent/meaning clearer?
Usually, when an edit is done that changes your intent of the question, this means the intent wasn't very clear to begin with. Another user misinterpreted your question or your goal for something else, and edited accordingly. This is a clear sign that the original question was open to misinterpretation, so take a good look at the edit and see where the editor went wrong. Then, correct that, provide as many information as you can, be as explicit as you can to prevent misunderstanding.
Should I assume I'm being disciplined somehow and leave it as it was changed?
Editing is never done to 'discipline' somebody. In fact, it is usually done for several reasons:
- To edit in additional information provided in comments, if we see the OP doesn't do this themselves.
- To encourage an OP to partake in editing their question to be a good fit for IPS. Sometimes, a first edit done by someone else can be the little nudge an OP needs to answer other questions in the comments and edit this in themselves.
- To remove bad/rude language. Even then, when we're editing, we're not disciplining. By editing, we acknowledge that there is something that's salvageable from an answer/question, and we want to help other users see that instead of them being distracted by the rude language.
You are never obliged to keep an edit. Just remember to not start an edit war. If we remove bad language and you reverse it, we will flag for moderator attention. For the other two, if you reverse an edit and don't provide a better one yourselves, be prepared to have your question closed or answer deleted for not meeting guidelines.
May I just edit it back to the way it was?
Although not recommendable, yes, you may. It is your question, and we can't read your mind. So, we can't guess what your question was supposed to mean. We can only edit based on an educated guess.
Will I get in trouble for undoing someone else's edits?
Generally, if we're not talking offensive language, no you won't. A question may be put on-hold, an answer may be deleted because it doesn't meet the expectations this community has of a good answer. But in both cases, it's up to the OP to edit their question/answer accordingly to the feedback they get, and then these posts can be reopened/undeleted by the community.
If you start an edit war about offensive language, then yes, you will be flagged for moderator attention and you may turn out to be in serious trouble.
Lets take a look at the edit history of your question.
First of all, the original title read:
When did it become acceptable to touch someone lightly on the back to get them to move aside? I think it's rude
As was pointed out in the comments, your original question reads more like a rant in disguise about how rude you find this experience, than a genuine question about what you can do so people don't do this to you.
What would we have to do to get people to stop doing this?
That's also not a good question to ask here. As pointed out in the comments, we may be able to provide you some advice on how you can avoid being touched, but you can't change the behavior of other people in general. We can't give you a mind-control machine to make them all do your bidding.
The person that pointed this out to you in the comments, edited the question header to:
How can I prevent people from touching me to get my attention?
And it changed the question in the body to:
What would I have to do to get people to stop touching my back ?
After that, the title was edited yet again, to:
What can I do about people lightly touching me on the back to get my attention on subways?
And a final, fourth edit edited in the only comment you provided on this post:
Perhaps I should clarify this. I'm not talking about shoving or touching in general, just lightly touching me on my back, not enough to move me forcibly, just enough to let me know "I want you to move". This is a fairly recent phenomenon; it started about 5 to 10 years ago. I don't mind other forms of touching, but this is manipulative and rude -- demanding without being demanding. I don't think it's acceptable behavior.
I agree that the questions in the title and body now differ a lot from the original question. I personally also don't see it improving the question to a point where it can be reopened. So, feel free to reverse to your first edit and work from there, if that is what you prefer.
Please make sure to address and answer all the questions/remarks in the comments. It's the first thing I look to when a question pops up for reopening.