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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

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 ...
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Should we have standards/guidelines for the language used around adoption?

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 ...
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Over-editing of post

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 ...
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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

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 ...
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Reviewing mini-edits?

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. ...
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A discussion re editing, please

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 ...
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Answer too valuable/rare to delete so I edited it, but OP changed it all back

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 ...
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Was this edit handled appropriately?

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 ...
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Is "organic" important to this question?

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 ...
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Delay for deleting answers after being advised of need for improvement (re: "...my approach to school")?

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 ...
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How do I edit my own comment?

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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Delay for deleting answers after being advised of need for improvement (re: "...my approach to school")?

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 ...
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A discussion re editing, please

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 ...
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Criticizing alone vs. making simple edit to improve answer?

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 ...
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Was this edit handled appropriately?

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 ...
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Is this on topic and does this behaviour violate our "be nice" policy?

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 ...
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I have been asked to provide additional references for my answer but what and where and by whom?

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 ...
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I have been asked to provide additional references for my answer but what and where and by whom?

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 ...
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Is "organic" important to this question?

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 ...
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Should the title of a merged question indicate that it was merged?

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 ...
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2 things about a recent edit made to an old post

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 ...
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Shall we try to improve misleading titles of old questions?

Specifics, then general: I would change the title in the first, for sure: it is a title that made sense at the time, but even then should've been changed; it now makes no sense, as you say, since we'...
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Shall we try to improve misleading titles of old questions?

If it is an old question that has not yet for an accepted answer then I'd say go for it: the title change and the bump to the front page may get it some new attention. Otherwise, if it is old and has ...
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Delay for deleting answers after being advised of need for improvement (re: "...my approach to school")?

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 ...
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Delay for deleting answers after being advised of need for improvement (re: "...my approach to school")?

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 ...
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Over-editing of post

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 ...
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Is "organic" important to this question?

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 ...
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