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Should images have alt text as a matter of course, and should alt text be added to existing images?

Here is an example image without alt text: [![enter image description here][1]][1] Here is an example image with alt text: ...
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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I guess such question may have been asked before, but I was not able to find it using search field on meta. What should we do if a user edited his/her question after it was answered? Edit your ...
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Is it appropriate to heavily rewrite a poorly written question?

I occasionally come across a question that is poorly or awkwardly written, perhaps because the author doesn't speak English natively. How far am I allowed to go in editing the question? Should I ...
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Can interesting question be rescued from unnoticeability?

I just started wondering if there is anything that we can do with questions that are predestinated to become unnoticed and unanswered while having some potential. Take as example this recent ...
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When is traffic slow on CrossValidated?

A frequent recommendation (e.g., here and here) for retagging or otherwise editing multiple questions is to do it when traffic is slow. Then edit-bumped posts will only push older questions off the ...
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Should I edit a Community Wiki answer that seems wrong?

This answer just seems plain wrong to me. http://stats.stackexchange.com/a/501/39632 The question states that there are more features than observations, so backwards stepwise selection (which would ...
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Is it okay to add the bayesian tag if my answer is Bayesian? [duplicate]

I have given Bayesian answers to questions that do not have the bayesian tag. Sometimes my Bayesian answer is accepted and there's not tag to lead anyone there. Is it ever okay to add the tag? Do I ...
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Is it okay to substantially edit (i.e., completely rewrite) my answer?

I answered a question recently and then realized I needed to add material to provide a full answer, which I did. (I did this after the answer had received an upvote. I don't know if that's an issue.) ...
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A user insists on making a detrimental edit to one of my posts. What do I do?

Twice today a user has taken it upon him/herself to edit my post to remove what I think is a useful piece of visual information (the cover of a book which also has a graph that I make repeated ...
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Is it acceptable to edit other people's answers to include new information?

Recently I have noticed a few suggested edits that included adding new information to an existing answer. Is that acceptable? My intuition is that edits should not add new information that the author ...
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Is it wrong to edit badly formatted questions? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it's OK to edit questions that do not format or punctuate text well.
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Fixing typos and minimum change length

Fixing typos usually results in changing a character or very few. When trying to fix such typos (on other people questions), I get a message that the change is too short. I bypassed that problem by ...
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A question is unclear, but resolving the “unclarity” is part of the answer [duplicate]

Interpretation of the variance of a slope is unclear because the OP seems to be confused by notation, and therefore the notation in the question is confusing. StatStudent pointed this out in the ...
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A beautiful answer to a question that changed

Background: I have, in my own biased opinion, an amazing and beautiful answer that was given to a question that was changed so that the answer was eventually made irrelevant. For the original ...
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Editing questions: dos and don'ts

What is the etiquette for editing questions? How much is it OK to modify? What are the guidelines and what are the limits? I am concerned that once a question has been edited, the difficulties facing ...
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Correcting authors' typos in excerpt from papers

In this question the correctly copied excerpt from the paper used reproduces a typo that would make the findings of the paper invalid. The correct simulation setting is found in the paper cited ...
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Editing posts protocol: “Please help”, and trivial edits

This started as a discussion on chat and it grew into a larger discussion than I anticipated. I'm going to move it over here as suggested by Gung. Here are some links to allow others to follow the ...
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New users editing questions

In reviewing other user's edits, it seems like recently a lot of users with very low ratings (ie $\sim 100$) are editing other user's questions. I've seen quite a few edits are clearly wrong, such as ...
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Display tag excerpt on hover when editing questions?

While editing question, sometimes one needs to check that the correct tags are present. Sometimes one needs to check the tag information in order to say it is relevant or not. So, for checking ...
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What is the proper balance between question & title specificity?

Glen_b and I have been debating how to edit this particular question. My view is that a title specific to the contents of the question is necessary as a summary of the question contents. The title, as ...
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The editing of “thanks very much” at end of posts [duplicate]

Whenever I make a post on a stack exchange account, over any of my accounts, I will almost always write "thanks very much for any help" at the end. This frequently gets edited out, I was wondering why?...
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Editing abbreviation in the title

Recently I wanted to mark a duplicate of a question about defining maximum likelihood, but was unable to find the "main" question since it used "MLE" in title rather then "maximum likelihood" (Maximum ...
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Am I abusing edit history by using it to hide code for a plot?

Sometimes code is an important part of an answer. Other times, code is interesting and potentially useful to others, e.g. how to construct a plot, but doesn't help the OP in answering their question. ...
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Is it okay to edit the title of a question to make it broad enough to fully encompass an existing/accepted answer?

I know that people here are very squeamish and punctilious about editing questions of others, and rightly so (see editing is not rewriting). But here is one particular situation that I would like to ...
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What's the site policy on removing text such as “thank you”, or “This question is too easy”

I can see in this answer that questions shouldn't be asked with "thank you"s, "cheers", etc. But should we remove these during editing? I'm asking because the policy on the Mathematics site is to ...
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single-character edits in formulas

I have just came across the ingeniously enforced "small, single-character edits should be avoided" policy. I was trying to change a "$-$" in a formula into a "$+$". I succeeded after a prolonged fight ...
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Are quotes from Wikipedia adequate for tag wikis & excerpts?

I review a lot of suggested edits, some of which are attempts to provide wikis and wiki excerpts for tags that don't have them. I tend to think it is very important to have at least a wiki excerpt ...
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Spelling Edits: Do 'em or not?

I notice that the Edit header says that small, single-character edits should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Does this mean that spelling should be left incorrect? I don't have much impulse ...
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Are commenters notified when the original post is edited?

I wanted to know if commenters receive notifications when the original post they commented on, has been edited. I've received some editing suggestions through comments for one of my previously asked ...
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Seeking advice on how to improve a specific question, it seems simple but has not gotten a response (after 2 days)?

I would appreciate feedback on how to improve a recently asked question, Without multi-level modeling, how to handle within-study replication in a meta-analysis, where the study is the unit of ...
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Bug: Character-limit calculation when editing.

I do not have enough reputation to make my own edits. When I try to make an edit, e.g., to a title to clarify it, I get an error that I haven't made a change of at least six characters. It seems that ...
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As I research a question that I asked, is it appropriate to answer my own question multiple times?

Here is a question where I had posted separate answers to my own question: http://stats.stackexchange.com/q/4258/1381 But then was requested to combine them. Which is this the preferred approach?
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What should the guide be for editing questions, answers, and responses?

I originally posted these as answers to the recent question on style guides for questions but realized it was addressing a separate issue. So what rules should we follow for editing other individuals ...