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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 meta commentary on the other answers and answerers. So I kinda have a hard time with the premise of this meta question. If you have a problem with other ...


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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 spelling and terminology in the interest of tagging simplification. It is worth noting that many of these edits may be due to an honest mistake. Many people are ...


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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 that might occasionally delve into frank and clinical discussions about human sexuality (or other potentially "uncomfortable" subjects) — to facilitate the ...


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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 doing __ under certain conditions and those conditions are the reason they have been having difficulty and want to ask a question in the first place. Hence "...


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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. This kind of thing is a big part of the reason that women have largely dropped out of game culture... Blames men without any reason for ...


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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 in the post that can easily be ignored, but expresses sympathy for the OP. Your apology was more than just apology though it was a jab at other people's ...


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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 similar meta question on Science Fiction & Fantasy: Every community in the Stack Exchange network has a single objective: create the world's highest ...


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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 about these things online and unfortunately IPS is no exception. That right here is incredibly patronizing and unnecessary. An apology itself isn't ...


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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 think anyone would like to see their own post telling they've experienced something that they didn't. Especially if it's posted by their real account. It should be ...


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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 easily fixable by saying something like that: Don't talk about her (or how she use to be called "he").


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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 other people will flag it as spam because links are sort of required to be considered spam. Sometimes it's not always completely obvious whether a post is spam ...


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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 such users, cause it won't affect anything and they might rejoice about it. Is that business as usual? SE has a history of troll users. It's nothing new. ...


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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", either by the OP's definition or because the subject of the question has claimed to be a feminist. Regardless, that's really not the same thing. I'm not even ...


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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 situations like this the safest option is to add a comment - suggesting that the link would be relevant. I've had a few users do substantial edits to my own posts ...


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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 make us a little uncomfortable. Once we set a standard that it's ok to start editing to suppress groups or issues that make us uncomfortable, it gets much ...


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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 "Whatever you want." No seriously. The sky is the limit. "I think you should change all mentions of ducks to penguins, because..." is perfectly fine! You're trying to ...


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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 said that giving it a quick edit might help hold the attention of an OP, so if it's a minor fix, you can always try. A good example for this would be a question ...


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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 about the edit proposal for this post. If you're wondering about when to edit posts, take a look at the /help/editing part of the help center. It says edits ...


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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' thing, that's your feeling/opinion. For what it's worth, I deleted both comments, for exactly the same reasons. The first one read: Who gets to decide what ...


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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, there were plenty of examples as to why we should not edit some questions to make them on-topic and this exhibits almost all of those reasons. Edits should ...


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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 volume of pointless side discussion that it creates. I think the more general question isn't to decide whether manspreading is offensive or not... but more about ...


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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 should I do?" question. I see the "kernel" of a question I feel I could answer and create a self answered question. However I pulled a "kernel" that is still not a ...


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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 focus on readability while letting the OP maintain their voice... and that's even when I have the ability to edit without approval. Do we want questions to be ...


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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 removed because of what it says being somewhat unkind towards people on the autism spectrum but this information was provided by the OP in the context of this ...


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I think it was nice that you added those links, however, I'm not really comfortable with the idea of them leading to Amazon. In such a situation, I think it would be best if we could: Link to the author's website If not possible: Link to a "neutral" website (one that doesn't actually sell the book) like Wikipedia If still not possible: Link to a ...


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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 these two is that they in no way support the author or push the book itself. Clicking into them will solely get you more information on the novel (or an avenue to ...


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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 back, ever? I'll agree with Anne Daunted's answer that we shouldn't do this. It's not worth the effort. We could just as easily write a new question. I'm writing ...


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