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It depends how far the answer is from being a good answer. If the answer explains how 4 out of 5 requirements are met but doesn't discuss the fifth, edit it. If all you'd want to add to the answer is a screenshot, add one. These are minor defects, and we are encouraged to edit to “clarify the meaning of the post”, “include additional information only found ...


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The Stack Exchange system is built around peer editing. Everyone is encouraged to correct mistakes when they see them. If they have the editing privilege, they should use it to correct what's wrong. If not, they're encouraged to suggest an edit. It's not offensive, and it's not meant to be at all. It's simply the community helping you make your post better. ...


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Quote from 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 clarify the meaning of a post without changing it to add related resources or hyperlinks ... Therefor I think all such edits are appropriate. If such ...


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I think editing the tags of a closed question can make sense in various cases, for example: We want to get rid of a tag that is (now) only used on closed questions. Remove it, otherwise this tag will keep existing (until the closed questions get deleted, if at all). No category tag. Add it, otherwise it’s likely that many domain experts never see this ...


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As for editing other people's posts - I believe edits should not deface, misinterpret or paraphrase entirely what has been mentioned by another person. An edit makes sense when the answer has broken links, horrible grammar, formatting problems and other reasons that may prevent the readers to better understand and apply it. Usually the review system of the ...


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You should give the original answerer a chance at writing a better answer (seems like that has already been done). If they don't, and you think you can make a better one, by all means do so. I don't think you should edit their post, since: A: They didn't do any work towards a good answer. B: It won't have a proper score, since the votes it has already ...


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Yes it is. The privilege you mention is the privilege of reviewing tag wiki edits proposed by others. These proposals appear in the Suggested Edits review queue alongside suggested edits of posts. Any edit that you propose must still be reviewed. In order to edit a tag wiki without your edit being reviewed by others, the privilege is Trusted User. ...


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There is a similar question on the main meta site: Undo edit suggestion. The answer is that, no, you cannnot retract a suggested edit. It appears that you will have to wait for the expected rejection to come through.


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When a solution is cross platform and the asker ask for a specific OS solution, he's asking that must work in that OS, but doesn't care about any other OS. As long as it works in the asker OS we shouldn't care if it's cross-platform or not. So, if the asker needs something that works in Mac OS X, and someone answers that it works in Mac OS X and Windows and ...


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(I’m assuming here that we need all these tags, which I’m not so sure about yet.) I think such "attribute tags" (does this name work?) should only be added for attributes that are not common for the seeked software. (Similar to why gratis should not be added if the software has to be open-source, unless OP knows that there are Open Source solutions for ...


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Despite being obvious, these edits could still be useful for people who use tags to: Narrow down their search results, Get an idea of what the question is about without reading the body, or Generate a "favorite tags" RSS feed for questions they are interested in or could answer. It's difficult to define what an obvious tag is since it's mostly subjective. ...


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In general, the question is the question. The question is what the asker was about and should not be changed. Once a question has answered, the asker loses a bit of control over the question. In particular, if a question has answered, it is too late to edit the question. If the asker realizes that he meant to ask something different, he should ask a new ...


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I think the question should not be changed in such a way (unless the OP is fine with it). Even when for months (or years …) no suitable software appears, maybe it will at some point, and then is the correct time to post an answer. I don’t think that questions on this site (should) have a "use-by date". Otherwise: If the question would have been changed by ...


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I do agree with you I think users should be able to award points to edits that are above and beyond other edits that are just grammar, spelling, and/or formatting improvements. I believe having a feature such as this will create an environment where users will be more likely to contribute quality information that can improve a post. I think this question; ...


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A good question I'm also thinking about from time to time: though "closed", those questions stay and are often kept as references – especially with "duplicates", which serve as pointers to the "originals"; which allows for finding those with different search patterns. Still, I'd say: Unless worth re-opening for some reason, those should not be edited at all ...


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Your edit suggestion was rejected: https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/24393 (You can find these under: Activity: all actions: suggestions)


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Expanding a bit on Izzy's answer. Closed questions are of several types: Questions closed as duplicates: These questions remain as a reference and serve as an additional link to direct search results to the answers of the original (sometimes even less popular) question. In this case, I think that the tags on such questions should be already pretty close to ...


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