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Should we edit titles that are not sufficiently descriptive?

I recently made an edit to another meta question titled "How do I convince someone else to change their behavior". My edit was because the title seemed to not match the question, which seems to ...
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Why is the following statement about men not rude?

This kind of thing is a big part of the reason that women have largely dropped out of game culture... Boys will be boys, and more often than not, men will be boys. It's... Disappointing. The quote ...
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International spelling

I just saw a post where virtually every edit was changing the spelling of a single word from the uk spelling to the american spelling. I have had edits like this happen to my posts in the past. Is ...
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How do we deal with potentially controversial (but not NSFW) content in questions?

I want to start this discussion in light of a recent question, that triggered some debate and attempts at editing: The question How to talk to my brother about a shared interest in pornographic furry ...
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How to tactfully remove the word "tactfully," tactfully?

In the last 9 days, I've seen a lot of questions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) using "tactfully" in the title. I don't feel like the buzzword adds anything to the question--by definition, shouldn't any question ...
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Please don't edit obvious spam posts just to make it suitable to the site

Spam posts usually occur on SE sites and main site is not an exception. Such posts should be flagged as spam and they do get flagged. However, what I have been noticing is that sometimes, they get ...
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Edit of a post according to "gender policy"

This is about the answer I made here. The suggested edit has been approved (see history here) The comment says: Having the assigned gender doesn't add anything and is mildly offensive. Many trans ...
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How should we address chameleon questions on this site?

I've run into a minor irritation here lately where someone posts a question, and I post an answer that seems to answer the original question pretty well and receives upvotes and generally positive ...
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How should we handle third parties editing hypothetical questions?

This site has a policy discouraging hypothetical questions. Normally this means that a question about a hypothetical scenario gets flagged and closed. Recently there has been a question about a ...
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Provocative Words, Specificity, and IPS.SE

It's a very minor case which prompted my writing this question, but it's one that is likely to come up in the future. I'm sure it's come up in the past as well, but I didn't see any existing threads ...
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What can we ask answerers to change about their answers, and what should we do if they refuse?

This question occurred to me when looking at one of the answers on this question: Showing a homeless person that you care about their well-being. The asker had a complaint about some specific ...
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How to handle double space after period and edits?

I recently rejected an edit where the only improvement was elimination of double spaces after periods. To be clear, on the internet, double spaces are unnecessary. If you look at the preview panel ...
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Should we wait for more votes before acting on "community consensus"

Just noticing a lot of edits where the editor mentioned having edited a post because of community consensus on an issue, but when looking at the related meta post I'm seeing very few actual votes... ...
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2nd party supplying backup in an answer?

I recently edited another person's answer https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/a/22996/21067 to supply backup. There had been a comment that the answer required backup, and that answer brought to ...
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Should we fix questions that are too broad/unclear or wait for OP?

I imagine this question has been asked before, but probably with different wording, which I was unable to find either here or on SE Meta, so if it turns out to be a duplicate, please let me know with ...
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How to handle offensive edit suggestion

I received a notification this morning of a suggested edit on one of my posts. The edit just removed all the text in my post, replacing it with a link to a user's profile, and a remarkably offensive ...
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Proposed solution to hit and run questions

Fairly often we get a kernel of what could be an interesting, on topic question buried in a not so great post. And fairly often the OP disappears after posting without editing or responding to ...
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Do tag wiki excerpts need to remind people that tags can be combined?

I just ran into a number of suggested tag wiki edits that included things like: This tag can also be used with tags such as united-kingdom and also friends. This sort of usage guidance makes ...
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Can another person edit a question to add personal detail about the original poster?

Someone edited this question to include what I consider a confidential personal detail about the original poster: How to convince my wife that my best friend and I are just friends? I then edited ...
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Edit of question #6385

The question is this one. I must say I believe that the autism-spectrum tag seemed appropriate, as well as the 1st paragraph of OP. Not picking up clues in a jokingly social environment is a skill I ...
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Directly editing or leaving a comment instead?

I originally posted this question on MSE. People over there tend to feel like editing stuff is trivial enough that it doesn't deserve its own question. However, I do feel that edits on IPS are much ...
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A suggested edit will deface the post but how to explain it? Another edit or another comment?

The question is this one: how do I thank someone who went through a traumatic experience removing condescending parts that, in their essence, silently assume that men - including the question's ...
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I feel like starting an edit war with the title on question 6389. Help?

Question 6389: How can I react better if someone confesses their identity that I have little or no knowledge of? I changed it to "How can I react better if someone confesses to an personality ...
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Are links to Amazon/Ebay/Marketplace okay

I edited this answer so that the referenced books would now have links to their respective pages on Amazon should any user decide to purchase the books. I assume that the original answerer is not ...
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Should these two specific questions be tagged [feminism]?

How can I use IPSkills on a conflict-avoidance strategy to memorably inform feminist group some arguments affect our community because misandristic? How to politely encourage my girlfriend to support ...
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How to handle question 7850 (about friends who always let the OP pay)?

This is about the question How can I politely get my friends to pay their share when I invite them to dinner? In short: The OP migrated to France and whenever he "invites" friends to go out ...
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Should we be more accepting of more "trivial" edits when reviewing suggested edits?

I'm already well accustomed to the fact that, in order to have your edit accepted and to gain that valuable 2 rep, that the edit is not trivial. Trivial edits should usually be left to the people who ...
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When a question mostly brings frame-challenging answers, should we try to edit it?

This question was inspired from a conversation in IPS' main chat. Regarding the following question: How to ask ex-girlfriend to seek professional help It was pointed out that most answers challenge ...
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Should I update my question or add an answer? [duplicate]

I recently asked this question. I am now at a point where I would like to provide some feedback on the answers that were given. Should I update my question with a UPDATE section? Or write my own ...
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Is the reason for the rejection of this proposed edit accurate, and in accordance with the community guidelines?

I asked a clarification question on this question in the comments. The OP asks how to encourage bystanders to do the right thing in the situation. My point of contention was making the question less ...
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Should we remove lifehack solution from answer that also give interpersonal solution?

I'm thinking about this answer who do have a (small) interpersonal solution and a big lifehack part with very distractive pictures. After reading this answer for the first time, what I remembered ...
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What to do when a new version of a closed question indirectly invalidate existing answers?

This question is downvoted and closed for being unclear, and has one answer. I now have a better version of this, which removes all unnecessary information and states what I think clearer. What should ...
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What if someone edits my question or its title but I don't agree with it?

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? Should I assume I'm being disciplined somehow and leave it as it was ...
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How can the question about explaining SE to a partner be narrowed?

How do you explain, to your partner, that Stack Exchange is important to you? This question, my question, was put on hold for being too-broad. How can I narrow it further? I'd prefer not to narrow ...
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Should we edit to make a question on-topic if we believe the author won't care/won't come back?

This meta is not exclusively about this example question, so I decided to post separate meta. Related meta : Let's discuss this question with regard to our scope. Let's establish how our ...
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Option to suggest an edit instead of immediately pushing it?

Some background This is, more or less, related to this question where an accidental keypress made me push an edit that actually made the question worse. I quickly fixed it, pushed, then continued on ...
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What's wrong with apologizing?

I'm a little confused about all the fuss over something that I wrote in an answer today: First off, I'd like to apologise for the onslaught of crap responses you've already received and those that'...