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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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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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Would it be possible to change Stack Exchange so that it changes to CW not based on total edits count, but based on the count of different persons making edits? That seems to make more sense anyway.


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Considering the requirement to have such detailed citations and answers, and as you said, people are always improving their answers, it does seem to unfairly punish this particular community. Although, what we may consider is having a threshold for having this kick in. Perhaps answers that have over a specific number of views or votes?


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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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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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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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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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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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Dang, sorry about that Sam, I saw your name there, and thought you had suggested the edit on someone else's question. I always get it backwards which is the edit and which is the original, and thought your edit made the question better.... Let me see if I can roll it back.


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