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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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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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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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Should gender-loaded terms like 'wife-friendly' be edited out?

In this question, we're being asked for suggestions on "wife-friendly adventures". While the person asking the question is doing so with entirely innocent intent (he wants to find a game that matches ...
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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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Can we develop a system to avoid/discourage subsequent homebrew critique question edits?

While our policy on homebrew-critique questions makes a lot of sense as the questions are certainly able to be answered effectively by experts and fit all the criteria for an on-topic question, these ...
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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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Are you allowed to change citation style?

I had had this happen to me several times. I have chosen one citation style that I generally apply in all my answers since some date, which goes like Book <(edition)> <(year)> p##. Year and ...
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Is it ever appropriate to revert someone's edit to their own question?

Related to the recent question about edited questions obsolescing answers. In that case, there was a clarification added to the question that nullified my answer; it was deleted (and I probably should ...
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Could I please have my privilege to edit without a peer review removed?

I have hit the 2k-rep threshold recently, and hence my edits should now be automatically accepted without a peer review. However: My English, though fluent, is very far from perfect. I can't edit a ...
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How should I approach editing?

I'm assuming that other people crossing that 1k rep line may be wondering the same thing, but maybe I'm alone on this. What type of editing best helps the community? When is a good time to edit, and ...
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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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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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Should questions that deride certain styles of play be permitted?

More specifically: Should a question with moral/ethical components be presented in a balanced non-judgmental way, or should it be heavily slanted to promote an individual agenda? The question How do ...
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Heavy edits to get a question reopened that change the fundamental underlying question

See the question What's a good method of giving a certain monster resistance to ranged attacks made against it? as a recent example. The question has been fundamentally edited in order to get it ...
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Is there a way to thank/upvote someones edits on your Question/Answer?

Just a quick bit of backstory. When I'm posting on Stack sites, I'm typically at work, so unable to devote my entire attention to the post. Quite often, small typos/errors in maths/etc will slip ...
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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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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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Do I edit or create a new answer when my view on my current answer changes significantly?

Researching my answer to this question: Can the arcane/druidic focus staff double as quarterstaff? has lead me to re-evaluate my answer to this question: Can an Elven Wizard use a bow for an arcane ...
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Moderator edits of user posts

Granted, I'm new to the RPG section, but I'm a long-time member of Stack Exchange. Don't want to cause a fuss, just want to understand the ground rules. I'm a little surprised that my opening post ...
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How to handle rejected edits that appear to be objectively positive?

Recently I made an edit on a one-year-old answer. The content of the answer is excellent, but it had many typos and grammatical errors, so I fixed them. In my mind I thought I was doing a nice thing: (...
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What are the polite limits of editing others' posts for formatting?

Related: How should I approach editing? RPG.se seems to lend itself to longer answers than some other sites. Because of this, formatting becomes even more important. Before I commit to reading a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we correct rules references in questions?

I came upon a question, where the asker referenced the rules incorrectly (the question in general was also rather hard to follow). Later on someone edited the question and formatted the incorrect ...
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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 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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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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Should we be adding DNDBeyond links to old posts?

DNDBeyond is Wizards of the Coast's official 5e digital support site/tool. It contains a rules compendium, monster listings, spell and item descriptions, and space for homebrew spells/items/races/...
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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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Massive edit to a question undercuts existing highly-upvoted answer

Simulate/Emulate 4th Edition Invoker in 5th Edition Per advice from doppelgreener, the OP has massively changed this question – do the question they meant to ask, no doubt, but existing meta ...
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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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Paraphrasing in Quotation Blocks

An experienced member's edit to an answer of mine, placed a part of it into a quotation block. The thing is, it isn't a quotation, I paraphrased an idea from the source text. Marking something as a ...
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Tag versus Keyword

On my question about dogfighting RPGs, somebody edited out the tags combat and flight, leaving only the generic game-recommendation. As a reason he put: flight ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

This is not about venting about the downvotes on my post. Let's agree that my post does contain mistakes and that my comments down the road were driven by frustration. I'd like to share why I was ...
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Consensus on open5e.com?

Someone (anonymous user) tried to edit in a link to open5e.com to one of my answers, and another one. I tripped over the edits via comment notification, and I rejected them both with the cause "...
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Editing someone else's answer vs. commenting

So here's what the Editing Help says: 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 ...
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Is [dungeons-and-dragons] tag OK for questions without particular D&D edition in mind?

Here's the question How to stop players from making the game X-rated tagged dungeons-and-dragons. As far as I know, dungeons-and-dragons tag is supposed to be used for questions about Dungeons and ...
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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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Notification of edits on questions you answered

Is there a way to get notified when a question you have answered gets edited? Edits sometimes change the wording or meaning of the main question and a previously posted answer can seem badly worded or ...