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What's wrong with apologizing?

I rolled back the edit and locked the answer to give us a chance to talk about it here. To be clear, the bit in contention is not an apology despite the words "I'd like to apologise". Instead, that's ...
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International spelling

Stack Exchange specifically has a policy that localized English spellings shouldn't be edited to American English standards. The only exception to this is in tagging, which follows American English ...
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How do we deal with potentially controversial (but not NSFW) content in questions?

I'm drawing on several policy guidelines we worked up on the now-closed "Sexuality" site which I'm going to echo here (outside of how the post above was handled specifically). When hosting a site ...
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How to tactfully remove the word "tactfully," tactfully?

I think "Tactfully" is a helpful word that can and should be used in some titles. Using the word tactfully can help a question writer express that their question is not just about doing __, but about ...
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Why is the following statement about men not rude?

As the mod who declined your flag, and as something of a third party, I might as well give my two cents. You detailed your objections to the passage; that's good, and I'll try to reply to them all. ...
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What's wrong with apologizing?

The apology isn't the problem it's the remarks about other reactions to the question that lead to it getting removed. On it's own an apology in an answer is rather innocuous. It's just extra noise ...
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Should we edit titles that are not sufficiently descriptive?

Clickbait titles, particularly on Meta, are not useful or helpful. We need to be able to know what the question is to some degree based on the title of the question. One of the CMs addressed this on a ...
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What's wrong with apologizing?

First off, I'd like to apologise for the onslaught of crap responses you've already received and those that'll likely be rolling in over the next few days. It's an unfortunate reality of talking ...
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How should we handle third parties editing hypothetical questions?

As the original asker I felt the edit was unfair. The edit makes it look like the situation has happened to me. And much worse situation could appear in another edit for some other post. I don't ...
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Edit of a post according to "gender policy"

In my opinion, what you were trying to convey wasn't clear at all. In fact, without this meta clarification, I would have had no idea that you were trying to convey that. However, I do think it's ...
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How to handle offensive edit suggestion

This is a troll user who is known for targeting users and making offensive remarks about them. If you see such edits, use Spam/Vandalism reject reason. There is no need of using the custom text for ...
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Please don't edit obvious spam posts just to make it suitable to the site

I think there are a couple of concerns worth addressing here. No, we don't want to edit obvious spam for the reasons mentioned in the question and because removing the links makes it less likely that ...
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Should these two specific questions be tagged [feminism]?

Perhaps we're misusing the tag entirely. Neither of the existing questions using it are about feminism, they're both about interacting with people who the question askers consider to be "feminists", ...
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2nd party supplying backup in an answer?

While there's exceptions - typically you don't want to make substantial changes in the content of another user's answer. You prune, and wordscape, not rearrange the rock garden, so to speak. In ...
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How do we deal with potentially controversial (but not NSFW) content in questions?

I would like to caution people against censorship in these cases. Whether people want to acknowledge it, or not, we're starting down a very slippery slope when we start editing out content that may ...
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What can we ask answerers to change about their answers, and what should we do if they refuse?

What can we ask answerers to change about their answers? As long as you're giving clear, actionable advice that you think will improve the question and you stay within the CoC...the answer is "...
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Should we fix questions that are too broad/unclear or wait for OP?

Should we edit broad/unfit questions to salvage them, address the issue to OP, or let it be deleted/closed? This depends entirely on the situation, and will probably always be a grey area. It's been ...
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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. That's not entirely true: There was some editing of the tags as well, assuming you're talking ...
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How to handle question 7850 (about friends who always let the OP pay)?

How do we handle this question? I think that in cases like this the question should be rolled back, re-closed and then potentially made into a new, IPS question. In the relevant post you linked us, ...
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Is the reason for the rejection of this proposed edit accurate, and in accordance with the community guidelines?

But, in my opinion, that may not be the "right" course of action. IPS has a simple policy of 'respecting the premise of a question'. Although you may not feel that OP is asking about the 'right' ...
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Provocative Words, Specificity, and IPS.SE

The real issue with a provocative word isn't whether or not the word is actually rude/offensive/bad/etc... The issue that is relevant to IPS (which Tinkeringbell pointed out in a comment) is the ...
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Should we be more accepting of more "trivial" edits when reviewing suggested edits?

Edit rejections are something that comes up in meta on every site I've used, including MSE... Every site has their own idea about what makes something fall under "no improvement whatsoever". I tend to ...
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Can another person edit a question to add personal detail about the original poster?

Those details were added in (now deleted) comments on that question and mentioned that it might be relevant, so the information was added and the comments were removed. This comment was partially ...
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Are links to Amazon/Ebay/Marketplace okay

ISBN's are the easiest way to uniquely identify a book. Instead of a seller site, I'd link to an ISBN lookup, like this. Or maybe link to a google books lookup of the ISBN like this. The beauty of ...
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A suggested edit will deface the post but how to explain it? Another edit or another comment?

What do you think we should do? Reject the edit as 'No improvement' or if you want to go a step further 'Conflicts with the author's intent'. That's it. If people can't be bothered to read the ...
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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?

What is our stand to edits that significantly change the question, with potential conflict to the original intent (read: change the core question), especially if the author is believed to not come ...
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Proposed solution to hit and run questions

Potential for misuse of the practice Once starting this practice, is there a potential for people to take it too far? For example: ThrowawayUser87 asks a long, convoluted, multi-question, "what ...
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