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Don't roll back bumping edits. Mod flag Edits like that should be mod flagged so a moderator can review them. Normally I would wait until a pattern has emerged, but the user is transparent about why they are doing it. Bumping is not allowed (it's more common to post a NAA but edits do the same thing)


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No, once you earn the Edit Questions And Answers privilege, you may no longer suggest edits. When I'm attempting edits that I'm not entirely sure are in line with the OP's intent, I try to post a comment with a link to the revision history and a short explanation of how the edit can be reversed. I think this is a good enough solution.


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Stack Exchange is a collaborative website. Users are encouraged to edit each other's content. When you post something on Stack Exchange, you do not have final say about it. This especially applies to tags. Tags are meta-information which is supposed to help to organize the website and help people to find questions they are interested in. They are not a ...


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TL;DR: In my opinion, it is usually better to post your own question. The reason for this is that if you post your own question, you can determine what you do and do not want to know and what is acceptable as an answer. If you hard edit the asker's question, it is not at all strange for the asker to be annoyed and revert your changes. Because they ...


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To give an answer: The tag usage is in principal detailed in How do I correctly tag my questions? and What are tags, and how should I use them?. It boils down to choose tags that significantly describe the content of the question. Your question is about a newly introduced law in Poland. Therefore the Poland tag is absolutely justified. As far as I know it ...


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Images can be a powerful tool to make an answer more useful. A good picture can say more than a thousand words. But only if used correctly. Images which don't add useful information can be extremely distracting due to their eye-catching nature. So please don't add pictures to your questions and answers when they don't add any useful information.


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I don't think we need to make more of it than it actually is. Editing itself is not something to be discouraged, unless it's excessive. If you think there's abuse, flag it for mod attention and explain. The mods can keep track of what's going on even if things are deleted and without accusing people in the open when it's just an accusation. Note that abuse ...


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Broken links don't provide any useful information. And contrary to what the author of that questions claims, they don't prove anything either, because nobody knows if that link ever existed. After all I could claim that the NY Times posted an article which says that Jeff Atwood eats babies which they then removed without a trace because the secret world ...


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As someone who both approved quite a few of the edits which the question refers to, as well as someone who frequents the active questions feed, I am in two minds. All the tag edits which I've seen have been helpful and accurate, and therefore I have approved them from the review queue, however this does have the annoying effect of filling up the active feed. ...


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I believe that maintaining tags on old questions is an important service. Yes, it is a bit annoying that this results in these old questions getting pushed to the front-page. But that's a problem which affects all of Stack Exchange. By the way, if you only want to see new questions, then you could give the "Newest" questions page a try. It sorts questions ...


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Politics is a hot topic which means that it is likely to elicit emotional responses. Emotional responses makes it hard to separate beliefs from facts. Therefore one has to accept that the site politics.stackexchange.org needs much stricter moderation than, for example, math.stackexchange.org. In particular, questions will be reworded, closed and tags removed....


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Yes, on Stack Exchange, we hate fun. It's been this way since the early days.


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Moving target questions are a big problem. They’re rude to answerers who took the time to write an answer, but then find their answer invalidated. And they hurt the site’s primary goal of collecting specific, high-quality Q&As by creating situations where questions and answers don’t match up. I think the best option in a circumstance like this, where a ...


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The "non-edits" you have linked to are actually edits, and this auto-reopening nomination works as intended. What reviewing users can do (in general) is reject trivial edits, especially to closed questions. I too often see users approving edits here that are no real improvement. Sometimes, this has no real downsides, but sometimes it does. Besides ...


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Generally: We should allow as much work as any well-meaning non-OP editor is willing to give away for that post. Within very few and wide limits. A significant well-meant edit is a chore the editor offers, why should we prohibit or inhibit this generosity? Questions can be edited, and for a reason. Sometimes OPs change the content and aim and scope ...


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It seems sensible to follow the AP Style (in this case). That said, I don't think it's worth doing mass edits just to update the style for this. It can obviously part of other edits and you can edit a few (so it doesn't flush the front page). It is incorrect to say that a "President" is a branch of government. The presidential administration might be. ...


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I honestly think the question was fine. The controversy over that election was big enough news that it can hardly be considered a a fringe theory. You you didn't devote an unreasonable amount of the question to trying to convince us that it was unfair. Since the 2016 DNC controversy is the essence of your question, there really is no magic phrasing ...


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Let's review the revision list for a moment We start off with this as your question (emphasis mine) Have there been any safeguards or special rule changes within the DNC to prevent a rigged or unfair primary process as with what happened to Bernie Sanders in the last election cycle? This isn't a good faith question because you're asserting that the ...


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One of the ways Moderators can handle comment flags is to edit the comment, and that is something that I occasionally do as appropriate. If you don't want to rely on a moderator to figure out that the comment is best edited as opposed to deleted, then you can leave a custom flag reason, and let us know what you're asking us to do with the comment.


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The key criteria for a question is not its binary nature, but rather its answerability. Ultimately, whenever you write a question, you should be able to articulate what an answer would contain, even if you don't know the right answer. For example, I recently wrote this question: How high must a craft fly in order to not be in foreign airspace? I didn't ...


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Downvote the answer if you think it's a low quality answer and/or if you think it misunderstands you question. That's what downvotes are for.


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It wasn't an edit to the question that bumped it; it was an edit on one of its answers. Edits on questions and answers bump the threads to allow the community to review the changes. It can be a bit disappointing when what you thought was new activity turned out to be a couple of minor fixes, but even a minor edit could be problematic or otherwise worth our ...


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When one made a mistake in their question which leads to worthwhile answers which are not for the question they meant to ask but the question they accidentally asked, one should consider if it doesn't make sense to just let the question be and create a new one. Example: I want to know more about the political system of Australia. So I ask How is the ...


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Discussing politics is already hard enough without adding juvenile attempts at humour to the mix. The image added nothing of value to your answer. If anything, it was an unnecessary distraction to an otherwise good answer. I would have also removed it.


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I'm agree with the OP of that question. The Israel tag is totally justified. After a quick Google search of "Polish death camp" Every single result on the front page at least mentioned Israel's opinion on the matter. In fact, 2 of them mentioned Israel in their title, and one of them included a whole subsection dedicated to the Israeli response, and one ...


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Amusingly one of my first contributions to an Electronics SE question resulted in the mods locking down my answer because they thought I was editing it to bump it to the main page (which I had no idea how it worked at the time). So yeah, mods can do that. Whether it's always the appropriate thing to do... it depends, I suppose.


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I think you raise many different points which together may be annoying, while they don't have to be individually. Following your points, I'd counter them as follows: Yes, edits should improve the post. In fairness though, even a tag-only edit, updating a broken link or fixing a spelling error is an improvement. While we encourage fixing as many mistakes as ...


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As the author of the edit wrote in the edit comment: I don't know if "take many vacations" is true, but it's not really applicable to the US federal budget as such (and therefore irrelevant) I fully agree with that assessment. The US federal budget is measuring trillions of dollar. Personal travel expenses of the US president won't even make a dent. So ...


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