Questions tagged [editing]

For questions about making edits on mainsite or Meta: how to do it, when to do it, best practices, policies, etc.

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What is an “edit war” and is it ever appropriate?

I was recently involved in a series of back-and-forth edits to the tags of a question. In particular, the question lacked any explicit statement or tag designating the system, so it was closed in ...
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Don't signal your edits in text

To amplify the bullet from here: Stop using the "Edit:" syntax of forums. We have explicit revision histories on everything, so everything should read as if the best version was the first version. ...
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Why did another user edit my post?

Someone made an edit to my question/answer. Why did they do that? This Q&A is part of an agglomeration of guidance given to new users made per this suggestion. Please also see the privilege page ...
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Is it okay/good practice to cite other answers just after publishing your own?

Sometimes it takes time to write a (hopefully) good answer: you have to search for references, for the exact wording of rules on manuals, looking for the description of a particular magic item, etc. ...
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I asked a bad question, how should I fix that?

The question I am talking about is this question about the telepathic range of a familiar previously summoned by Find Familiar while a Flock of Familiars spell is active by the same caster. Now, the ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

When the question does not specify a system, but an educated guess can be made, other users often edit the tags themselves without waiting for the querent to confirm the system they are interested in. ...
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Was my edit to this answer on a Q&A about Spell Sniper an edit too far?

I recently made a substantial edit to this answer to the Q&A "Which spells benefit from the Spell Sniper feat?", that would make a good dupe target. The help page on editing says: Edits ...
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Should closed questions be edited without fixing the question?

This question was recently edited to add italics to a link to a spell. This edit was done after the question was already closed due to being a duplicate, and therefore put the question into the 'vote ...
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Why shouldn't I edit a question that has been closed? [duplicate]

I made some edits to tidy up a closed question, the sorts of edits that are commonplace around on RPG.SE, such as spelling mistakes, formatting, retagging, etc. However, I was told that I should not ...
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Should I edit my question or create a new one?

I asked a question with a straightforward title and a mostly straightforward body, and got a straightforward answer, which I accepted because they answered the question as I wrote it. But I failed to ...
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Why is it difficult to edit the “on-topic” help page?

A question that I asked on the main site was closed, despite following the rules as they are stated on the page about what's on-topic. When I asked why, I was told that Rule Intent questions are not ...
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Is editing tags enough to quality for the Illuminator badge?

The Illuminator gold badge description says: Edit and answer 500 questions (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0) Is editing the tags of a question enough for the purposes of qualifying ...
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Is it acceptable to add the [dnd-5e] tag to questions about D&D Beyond?

The following questions were tagged with dnd-beyond, and did not mention D&D 5e explicitly; the dnd-5e tag was then added by somebody besides the OP, and the questions were not closed between ...
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Further Reading in Questions, not comments

A useful kind of comment we get on both questions and answers frequently goes as follows: Related: [link description](link target) or, less helpfully: [Related](link target) When this is, in ...
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When a Question Changes Completely, Should it be a New Question?

I understand that at time questions are unclear, vague or unanswerable in their original state and need to be edited. I also see the value in the questions changing so much some of the answers don't ...
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How to handle late updates to answers for questions?

I answered this question a couple weeks ago. Today the publishers put out an update to the system that changed the answer to the question, and I edited my answer to account for that. Should I have ...
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How to best re-work answer?

I answered How do I run a maze scenario without using a map? a while back; while I think my recommendation's a great one, I stipulate that the presentation's very hard to follow. (That is, I don't ...
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Is it OK to edit out “I'm new here…” statements from a question?

Frequently new users will have statements in their posts like "I'm new here", "Rookie DM here", "This might be a stupid question", etc. Like this question. Is it ok to edit out these statements? I'm ...
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What do we do with answers made obsolete by a question change?

There's a current case of an infrequent problem: Why is Donjon offline? Dakeyras's answer was a response to a question that was once there. It was made in good faith, and is a helpful answer. The ...
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When a Question changes, should answers change, too?

This question on OOC talk has changed significantly since it was originally asked and several answers given. When something like this happens, offering new information, is is best to edit an answer ...
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What kind of edits are acceptable to a question after an answer has been posted?

This post originates from this question, but is not about handling that question. I will summarize the transpired events for context. The question is about a specific rule and at its core about ...
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How do we help this new user formulate a question about their homebrew Toadstool that can be properly answered?

A new user has posed this homebrew review question, which has gone through a ton of edits and is seemingly in a rollback war between users: How would a major buffing ability effect challenge rating? ...
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Is it possible to change a vote on an answer from the question being edited?

I down-voted This Answer, as at the time I felt that it didn't actually answer the question as it was asked. Now that the question has been edited, this answer is a valid answer and not deserving of ...
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Grammar: Do we say “The RAW” or simply “RAW”?

Hello fellow grammarians, I'm fairly new the board, so forgive me if this has already been covered but...do we have a preferred style? My question specifically regards the "RAW" (rules as written) ...
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What is the best practice for editing in references?

Lately I have been making small edits to posts to include quotes, references to the books, and links to online resources when a question does not include them. Some good examples of this are these two ...
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Should I edit out spaces between certain punctuation?

The title of my question probably isn't great, but I can't think of the wording to describe my question; what I'm referring to is when I see things like this: Blah blah ? Instead of: Blah blah? ...
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Should I edit the outcome into the question, or answer my own question?

As far as I know, it is okay to answer your own questions. It is also recommended to show your progress with a question, and this is easily accomplished by editing the question itself and ...
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How to Improve/Fix This Question About Modelling Reciprocal Economies?

I have recently asked this question. In its initial form, it was very quickly evaluated to be too broad. Fair enough. I tried to narrow it down to a question about fixing/improving the homebrew ...
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On “active” answer ordering and micro-edits

Recently, the my default answer display order was changed from "highest vote first" to "latest edit first" (probably due to misclick on my part). I had not been aware that that was even possible, and ...
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What's our policy on editing “Thanks” from new questions?

I seem to remember seeing a meta or just other people commenting that there's no need to "sign" a question, such as if I, as a new user, had asked a new question saying: Hi RPG.SE, ...
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'We do not enforce style' - how to react to discrepancies between policy and reality?

I've seen it repeatedly Officially Declared that 'we' do not enforce styles, and do not do trivial changes that have zero effect on clarity. And yet in practice, over the course of my stay here, I ...
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Is it appropriate to edit an answer just for tone?

When reading an answer to a recent question, I felt that the content of the question was good, but the tone (and commentary) of the question seemed negative, verging on personal criticism. I didn't ...
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What are the guidelines for editing many questions in a short period of time?

I'm all for cleaning up questions, making them more readable, and even providing citations to rules references - but I think we need to have a better policy for how to handle editing many, and ...
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How should we handle adding citations to older questions and answers?

While I understand we've had guidelines on Meta to discuss how a user should handle their own citations, I think we should visit how and when we should edit Questions and Answers regarding citations. ...
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Is it okay to reject suggested edits on your answer/question that is part of the Suggested Edits review queue?

This question is inspired by this rejection of a suggested edit, in this case, the suggested edit was rejected by the person who initially wrote the answer, a person who is doubtlessly biased. ...
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Would this be an appropriate use of the power to suggest an edit to a question?

The title of this question currently reads: "Exhaustion after falling unconscious?" In substance, the question is asking about potential balance issues arising from a putative exhaustion-related house ...
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How was this question bumped to the top of the home page?

"How many times do you roll damage for Magic Missile?" was bumped to the top of the home page today, and a note underneath the question on the home page states that it was modified today by mattdm. ...
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Is it OK to edit an outdated answer to facilitate a vote change?

A rule has been changed, and an answer that was correct became wrong. The recommended course of action is to downvote and wait. However, downvoting is not possible if you upvoted earlier, because ...
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Should Questions be edited to fix a mistake after it's been addressed in an answer?

On this question the querent made an error in the spellcasting ability used. It was unclear whether or not it was intentional, but an answer addressed it. Can/Should we edit the question to 'fix' the ...
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It is wrong to edit someone else's question if it has been closed?

Ever since I have been on the site (which is not very long at all) I have always wondered if it is okay to edit someone else's question after it has been closed if you think that you have the general ...
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Why are Comments deleted but Edit History is retained?

I've read some posts here on RPG Meta about comment deletion and it seems the overarching goals are to reduce clutter, diminish distracting information on the site, and maintain the focus of SE as ...
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How should we handle editing questions that are seemingly opinion-based?

I've seen a trend recently that when questions that are seen as opinion-based (or any number of other questionably stackable formats), the community tries to rewrite the question to something we can ...
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Editing an answer to change a mistaken vote

So I'm new to the voting system and had a bit of a gaffe trying to zen after a bad comment found me on a bad day. Long story short, I down-voted good answers with the intent to undo the down-votes as ...
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Should I delete an answer that becomes irrelevant after the question is edited? [duplicate]

For example, this answer (which I've deleted) to What happens when you cast Fog Cloud behind a wall?, but this isn't the only case. The question originally asked about Create Bonfire, not Fog Cloud - ...
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How Trivial an Edit is Too Trivial to Make?

I know that trivial edits (and style wars/most style edits) are inappropriate on RPGSE. But the question arises, how trivial is trivial? For example, I recently saw this edit on an old question: one ...
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How should we format spell names?

Should spell names be capitalized and/or italicized? I've seen examples of both: An example of capitalizing a spell name (command -> Command) — How does the Staff of the Python work? An example of ...
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My question was edited and now it looks like that the answer is in the question

I posted this question a few weeks ago: Do monks have a gempukku ceremony? As you can see, the second quote in this question seems to answer the question. If you look at the edit history, you can ...
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How should we fix the Monster Lore Compendium question?

This question is currently hosting an edit war. It was originally posted as a D&D 3.5 question, but with an assertion that the Monster Lore Compendium would be added to the d20pfsrd website. This ...
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For general 'universe' questions, should we keep a generic 'universe' tag or tag all the various systems available for the game? [duplicate]

This question was spurred by an edit to this question: How can I avoid plot pitfalls that are common to the Star Trek franchise? which consisted solely in adding the star-trek-fasa tag. While I see ...
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Question editing rules and etiquette

If someone has edited another person's question in a way that, although perhaps beneficial overall, also introduces grammatical, spelling, or other errors, is it considered appropriate form to edit ...