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I've locked the post until a consensus can be come to. In general, such substantive edits should not be made without the author's consent. Personally, I felt in this case that an unfiltered experience is important to share, and may be helpful to someone in the future, even if it's uncomfortable to read. If you disagree with the conclusions, you should ...


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My thought would be to encourage the use of those terms where appropriate. As you've stated, the word choice does matter. How we think about the "parents" in a given situation (whether biological or adoptive) and how we frame them as "real" parents makes a difference in how we form our answers. Encouraging people to see adoptive parents as real parents is ...


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This particular post aside, assuming the edits to the answer are appropriate - ie, are not changing the tenor of the post nor the substance, but are changes to improve readability or similar - the OP does not have a particular right to not have edits made. The correct thing to do in this case if the OP reverts what you consider an entirely valid edit (and ...


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articulate how far an editor may go in changing content and style, and how far an author (participant) may go in restoring content and style In many ways, we're completely unlike the world of publishing. Once you contribute an answer, it isn't "yours" anymore. Thinking of this like you might a book (or better, a blog, in which you're providing a sequence of ...


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My opinion as a moderator: people should not use edits as a means to be rude. I once rolled back an edit where the only "improvement" was changing 'lay' to 'lie'. (Also, I agree that changing BrE to AmE is kind of rude, and would reject those changes.) I also feel edits should be substantial enough to improve the question. My opinion as a user: though ...


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Taking your example I would reject. Let's have a look at the privilege Edit Questions And Answers: When should I edit posts? Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged! Some common reasons to edit are: to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it to ...


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The edit was handled appropriately. I don't think it was handled spectacularly, but it wasn't inappropriate. #1: Removing a chunk of an answer. I've done this fairly often, actually (before I was appointed moderator, too). If a section of an otherwise constructive answer is off-topic, snarky, argues with the premise, etc., then I'll take it out (edit reason ...


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I just want to add that I agree with Karl Bielefeldt and Joe. @Random Guy, I saw that you did answer, but you also wanted to make his answer more like yours - to suit your sense of decorum. That's not what edits are for. Far better to interact with the poster in comments, or, also an option, to answer it yourself with a better answer. Down vote the answer ...


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I understand your point, Monsto, but I'm not sure I agree. To me, the deciding factor when reviewing an edit is whether the overall quality of the post is improved. I'm sorry to be blunt but as soon as you hit that "Post" button, your contribution is no longer yours. It belongs to the community, and it's in the community's interest to make all posts as good ...


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Original poster here. The reason I asked this question was really to distinguish between powdered infant formula and the next best alternative that I would choose personally, which would be organic whole milk. If you prefer, I could change my question to "what's the best choice of milk for a one-year-old child? We could easily debate the differences ...


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As a general rule, I would recommend giving someone time to edit. My usual rule of thumb would be something like a day for a site like this. I don't feel it is particularly fair to not give someone an opportunity to fix their mistake. That being said, I can also see the other side of the coin here. Your answer didn't really address the question and wasn'...


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Users can only edit comments for a limited period of time (I believe some handful of minutes). However, moderators can edit comments at any time, so I fixed your typo for you :)


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I'll begin by noting that deletion is not permanent. Answers can be undeleted (flag as "other" to attract attention, if necessary). With that in mind, a delay in deleting is more a courtesy than necessity. That courtesy is important, though, and I respect the time invested in an answer even if that answer could use revision. However, sometimes other issues ...


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I think that significantly correcting spelling and grammar in the body of the question to improve readability and comprehensibility is to be encouraged. Based on your description of the situation I think you should have accepted the edit (and then reverted the change between British/Canadian spelling and US spelling). A major emphasis by the founders of ...


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If someone thinks an answer would be strengthened by including a link, is it better to criticize the answer in a comment below the answer, or edit the question to add the link the critic is saying is needed? It depends. In general, users are encouraged to compose good answers themselves without needing community support to complete the job. "What is your ...


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As the editor, I'm glad you brought this up, because you're right, it has the appearance of impropriety, and the community deserves an explanation. I'll address other issues first. You may already be aware of much of this information. Issue #1: A chunk of the answer was edited out. The Stack Exchange model encourages succinct and accurate responses to ...


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That post notice was from me. I should probably have added a further comment now I look at it - sorry: You made 2 points that really need more info: If it satisfies him then you know he is not addicted to sugar itself. which doesn't appear to have any scientific grounding here. And your suggestion that you should provide children with artificial ...


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Asking here on meta, as you've done, is probably the best approach. Additionally, you can add a comment to the answer itself requesting clarification on what information needs a reference. There is a comment on the question answers here will require references to back up medical claims, that might be a clue. If I had to guess, the only line in your answer ...


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I was actually thinking last night as I was falling asleep that I should take a good look at this answer and comments first thing in the morning and try to clean it up and sort it out, largely by deleting that exchange of comments. It is messy, distracting, and not conducive to either participant reaching an understanding. In the meantime, this meta question ...


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My feeling on this is that both users involved in the editing made mistakes, by virtue of making changes without discussing with others. I don't think that the word "Organic" was particularly important to the question - in fact, I don't think the alternative itself was important to the question. As stated, it was asking if Toddler Formula was valuable in ...


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On this site, we don't have that many - a merge requires the two to be very similar, and usually we spot the dupe before many answers are posted. I think for that one there was discussion between mods to ensure the new question made sense, but I don't think there is policy on this. Having MERGED in there is not necessary, though - it is irrelevant to any ...


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There is no statute of limitations protecting tactless (or at least questionable) content on SE. To a mother asking how to discuss the suicide of her husband to their children, you stated As the adult, as the mother, you are the rock. No, not that rock, I mean that you are an island of stability in whatever sea they sail. Again, that's no ancient tribal ...


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I think there are two unconnected things here: If your question is put on hold you can still edit it. In fact in circumstances like this, that is exactly what you should do. If those edits improve the question enough it can then be reopened, by the community or moderators. If your answer is on a question that is closed, then your answer post is almost ...


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First, Hot Network Questions are moderated more closely than the average question. Because so many new users come by, a wrong impression of the site can be quickly gained from leaving argumentative or dismissive comments, answers that don't follow site guidelines, etc. on the page. Secondly, you did have time to edit; @Erica left a comment three hours ...


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From my limited perspective, your posts do appear to be targeted for editing with much more than typical frequency, especially for an overwhelmingly positive contributor. There's a difference between what kinds of edits are permissible and which are polite, and for some reason people seem to have leaned more toward the former in your particular case. ...


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I'm late coming on board here, but it's my opinion that there is no need to edit the OP's question unless it is to To fix grammar and spelling mistakes To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning) To add related resources or hyperlinks To correct minor mistakes To improve readability: break up a wall of text, remove the ...


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