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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 ...
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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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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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Are old posts getting edited too much?

It seems that most times I look at the site, about half of the front page is made up of old questions with no activity other than a recent edit. To me, this doesn't seem right - I would hope to see ...
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Should I try to improve my answer even after it was selected?

Pretty much as the title. I would like to add more information and edit the organization of the answer I gave and was selected by the asker, is it bad practice? Will my answer lose the selected mark?
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What should have happened here?

Me and another high-rep user came into conflict over the editing process and authorial intent at Help with problem player. Specifically, I think that if an edit fundamentally changes the question ...
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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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What's wrong with my quotation marks and apostrophes?

About an hour ago, I asked a question on rpg.stackexchange. As many times before, my question was edited by another user. I am always thankful when someone goes to the bother of cleaning up my messy ...
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Overwhelming amount of edits needed in correct answer; what to do?

The relevant question: Dice Notation - Dice that start at 0 Top answer: According to Wikipedia, this is called zero bias notation, and you simply use a "z" instead of a "d". I.e., your example ...
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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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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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Edit vs own answer

There were 2 answers for this question, both more than 50% right. I ended up adding my answer, but should I change the other answers? On one hand they contain factual errors, so they should be ...
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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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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 ...
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Downvoting answers not fitting an edited question anymore?

This answer is a good answer, but, as explicitely mentioned, ends up not fitting the question since it has been edited since the answer was made. What should users be suggested to do in such a case? ...
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How to resolve excessive background information?

This question just got asked with a specific mention of experience with substance editing, and a request to not be edited. (Due to past experiences on this site, please do not edit my original ...
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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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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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Enchantment Property Spell edit concern

This answer was recently edited, by another user. I am concerned with the edit for a number of reasons, but primarily it is the fact that they have changed a substantial portion of the substance of ...
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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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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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Should we edit multi-part questions to only favor one part?

Reference: Does natural armor stack with unarmored defense? In this question, there were initially two questions. The question was edited to wholesale remove the second one- but not by the initial ...
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When editing, how drastic is too drastic?

The question Is it ok to drastically edit another's answers? looks like a duplicate based on its title, but it's content is about editing things out of answers rather than the reverse. Recently I'...
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Is the poster the final arbitor of the content of their posts?

I posted a question. The question was answered, and the question is not in question. The title contained something, which is a tag, that was "organic to the conversational nature of the post". It ...
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Edit: Die vs dice

For context: I'm talking about this edit of my question. I'm aware that "die" is a possible, maybe more correct singular of the plural "dice". However, "dice" also is an accepted singular form. And ...
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Why is an edit to fix a 1-character spelling mistake required to be at least 6 characters long?

Why is an edit to fix a 1-character spelling mistake required to be at least 6 characters long? I tried to edit the first line of a good answer to correct "fulfil" into "fulfill". It seems silly that ...
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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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Is this a good or a bad example of changing tags?

On this question's revisions you can see that the tags were changed twice. The first time "system-recommendation" was added even though the question didn't ask about a system, and stated the system in ...
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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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Why are minor edits discouraged?

From https://rpg.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/edit : Try to make the post substantively better when you edit, not just change a single character. Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged. So, ...
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Why couldn't I submit changes to a question?

I tried to edit the question "Do: Experience with the journal" to be of a more a question and answer format, following some of the other changes I've seen on the site. I changed the question to "How ...
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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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Why does the “question edited” notification redirect to the Desktop website even when on mobile?

I have recently noticed that, on the mobile version of rpg.stackexchange, all notifications (red or green) redirect to the appropriate mobile page... except for the "question edited" notification (...
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How many times should I/could I edit my question?

My question has a fairly large edit history already, some major, some minor, but the original question has changed into another altogether. However, the original theatrics were unfortunately lost, but ...
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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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Expurgating expletives the right way

I made this part of an answer elsewhere, but I just want to reiterate it independent of all the other, more contentious stuff. This is a response to mistakes I see people making when removing the ...
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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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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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When editing, should I make the question into the one it should be, or the one I now need?

I am writing a heavy edit to my own question: Do players know that Wizards don't wear armour? ShadowKras mentioned the ability to make a knowledge check to determine class features and abilities. ...
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Should we have edited a question to clarify the case to be considered after answers have been submitted?

In this question on whether a Sorcerer can twin cast Simulacrum, the querent had originally included the following line: Usually a Sorcerer does not have access to the Simulacrum spell, but he ...
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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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Can I edit a question to be more generic?

Today this simple yet very useful question about probabilities in Dungeon World was posted on the main site: How likely is success in Dungeon World? While the question itself is about Dungeon World, ...
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Is it OK to bump an old question with minor edits?

Related: Question "bumping" - is it ok? (apparently, it is not) Let's say there is an answered and solved question that was asked back in 2016. It wasn't active for a couple of years. Now a ...
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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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How can Community improve edit suggestions?

So, when looking as an edit review for a thing I posted I noticed this line: Community has approved 545 edit suggestions and rejected 123 edit suggestions and improved 1 edit suggestion This is ...
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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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Do I have a setting wrong? I can't see what I am editing

Ever since I joined the SE system, when I am editing an answer or a question I can see how it looks before I hit "submit" or accept the edit. I have found, this morning, that I have to submit the ...
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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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How much should you edit a question?

The OP doesn't seem to be responding to the comments on this question, but I think I've narrowed down his real concern as to what actions can be taken in combat that are not dealing damage or using ...
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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 ...