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Pushing questions and answers to the top of the feed with trivial edits is frowned upon. There are mechanisms to warn moderators when it is happening, and we can take a number of actions, including locking against further edits. That said, your activity is well within expected behaviour. I did notice your edits before reading this question, I checked them ...


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The simplest option is to just write out the date as "[month name] [day], [year]" or "[day] of [month name], [year]", rather than following a standard that is ambiguous if you don't know the standard being followed. Standards are only useful if everyone uses that standard, and the first new user who doesn't use that standard will cause even more confusion ...


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I was the moderator who did the "major" edit. I am sorry to hear you were unhappy with it. Let me explain some of the edits, in more detail than would fit in a comment, so you can see they were made in good faith. The title was "Hinduism and the Sun becoming a red giant" which had three separate issues. Each was minor, but together they triggered me to edit ...


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You can’t retract an edit (unfortunately) but you can click on the post’s edit button to edit your edit. You still have to meet the requirements for suggesting an edit (6+ characters changed) but often you can edit to make the post clearer so that fewer people make the same mistake you made while reading the post. (It’s not a big deal if a wrong edit gets ...


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I'll put in my two cents here, or rather, xkdc's: I favor the iso standard for two reasons: It's ordered. Year is bigger than month is bigger than day. When ordering a list of iso formatted dates, the numbers evaluate naturally. No special regex or whatever needed. Any file naming protocol would wisely use it for this reason alone. It's entirely ...


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Given the current indecision on how to fix it, and that any choice will either invalidate some answers or invalidate some votes by changing its perceived meaning, I propose to close it as "unclear what you are asking" instead of editing. The OP can ask another, univocal question.


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Who has the final say over the content of an answer? All our content is community edited. In this sense no one has the final say. Changes can't be normally prevented, unless we lock the question, and we only do that in exceptional cases. Handling repeated edits / avoiding edit wars and How to handle locked answers You are free to flag for moderator ...


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On this SE site, we have a strict requirement that all questions must be notable which stops us from having to answer every possible skeptical "curiosity" that some individual may have. Looking at the history of the question, the user may well have been interested how this question could be addressed internationally, however the notable reference they ...


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ISO format is the best option. Everything else will be argued over or complained about because they are not universal standards. The advantage of ISO is that it's not specific to any particular culture or region. ISO format is also the most sensible for utility. It's ordered the same way we write numbers, with the largest on the left. It's clear and ...


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There's two main things to keep in mind while editing: Make sure all your edits are an attempt to better the post Make sure you're not bumping too many QA threads You didn't fall afoul of either of these, so your edits were fine. Yes, it's pretty hard to create a disturbance when you're editing the same post in rapid succession: if someone's not actively ...


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This question includes a number a premises (which shifted after several edits making it hard to write an answer). Let's start with the agreed facts. Aug 5 at 3:53Z: A question was asked. Aug 5 at 6:38Z: An answer was provided. Some early readers presumably viewed/upvoted and/or downvoted it. Aug 5 at 10:57-11:48Z: Comments appear criticizing the quality of ...


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Frankly I find you long rant quite a bit off the mark. It would have been better if the Q quoted more of the source instead of just the graph, but here's a quote: A clear, direct, one-to-one relationship between pesticides and polio over a period of 30 years, with pesticides preceding polio incidence in the context of the CNS-related physiology just ...


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On this site we openly edit questions, even if it slightly changes meaning, when the alternative is closing them. To recap: we edit questions to make them specifically about the claim presented we close questions that do not refer to a notable, empirical claim we edit answers to remove extensive personal speculation we delete answers which are only (or ...


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Edits are appropriate if they don't change the intended meaning of the post. From this point of view the changes that deviate the most I feel comfortable doing are limited to softening conclusions. I can imagine that sometimes removing a fallacy might not impact the general meaning, after all it might not be a crucial point. In this case, feel free to edit,...


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Who has the final say over the content of an answer? I am not sure that there is a simple answer to that question. Wish there was. If might makes right, it is the moderators, because they can lock out other people, but I don't think that is how anyone wants disputes to be resolved. My reasoning would be that independent of good reasoning or valid sources,...


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hollywood This is being used as a synonym for movies I believe. Update: status-complete


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False alarm. It was a usability fail (I'd rather blame it on design, than on the faulty interface between chair and keyboard. But realistically speaking, probably the latter :) I was expecting that the view switch would control the diffs for all revisions, and didn't realize I have to adjust the view for the specific revision I was looking at instead of the ...


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I've been watching this question for a while, and have also found it perplexing, because it seems to me that apart from the body/title disconnect, there were multiple possible interpretations. The question(s) Motivation: I personally think that the title as it currently stands (I think in the present continual?) "Do Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian ...


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This is my take on your comments. There is no claim about a red giant, and we will not address a user's interpretation of a claim (that's not what we do). The title should be rephrased, because your proposed title is too generic and not even a question - besides being about a red giant. The har-har is a no-no here. We are not dicks. Please try more neutral ...


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