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Could I please have my privilege to edit without a peer review removed?

This is super unlikely to happen; there's nothing in the system for revoking specific privileges from specific individuals. You have this feature now and it's going to be sticking around. Basic ...
doppelgreener's user avatar
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

It's not appropriate to edit based on a guess. Make the OP clarify the question themselves. Why? Because we're also trying to train new users on how to use the site. And worst case, you bait people ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

Don't guess It's up to the asker to tag the question with the correct system. In the case of a new community member who doesn't yet understand this responsibility, it's up to the community to ...
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Can we develop a system to avoid/discourage subsequent homebrew critique question edits?

It’s often worth exploring the Stack Exchange network to see if other sites have found good solutions to a given problem. For example, in this case, we have Code Review, which is basically an entire ...
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Is it acceptable to add the [dnd-5e] tag to questions about D&D Beyond?

The dnd-beyond tag (or otherwise describing D&DBeyond in the question) should be treated as equivalent to the OP stating "I'm playing D&D 5e" For the simple reason that D&DBeyond ...
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Heavy edits to get a question reopened that change the fundamental underlying question

Heavy provisional edits that try to be faithful to the original question are warranted if the author is asked if they approve. Often, it is best done only after the question is already closed. What ...
SevenSidedDie's user avatar
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Moderator edits of user posts

Edits happen frequently at RPG.SE without the necessity of asking permission or notifying the author. These edits should happen if clarity can be improved. In fact, the edit you're citing wasn't by a ...
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How should we format spell names?

We do not enforce style, only clarity, as a matter of basic SE principles I'll quote myself from our proposed FAQ, Is there a style guide for posts?, with new emphasis: … [spell names, &c] ...
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How to handle rejected edits that appear to be objectively positive?

Usually you leave it be and accept the author doesn't want your changes, and/or take what you've written and write a better answer. In cases like this where you're confident your changes were an ...
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Further Reading in Questions, not comments

Related links are one of the good uses of comments, and we don't delete them.
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Is there a way to thank/upvote someones edits on your Question/Answer?

A better knowledge base and a cleaner stack is its own reward. Editors aren't expecting any thanks, and there's no need to thank them. But it is nice to be appreciated, and you'll think of leaving ...
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Editing someone else's answer vs. commenting

I think I'm kind of zeroing in on something, though it's still a little fuzzy. here goes: Edit To add links and page numbers, and when appropriate, to cite exact rules instead of vague paraphrases ...
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When a Question Changes Completely, Should it be a New Question?

Yes Questions can be clarified, but new questions aren't clarifications and should be posted as separate, new questions. The correct course of action is to revert to the last version that wasn't a ...
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How was this question bumped to the top of the home page?

There’s a deleted answer (10k+ rep only) that someone else posted four hours ago, and which was deleted three hours ago. mattdm made an edit to two hours ago to fix problems with the answer. This is ...
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Is it appropriate to edit an answer just for tone?

DISCLAIMER: as you may guess by looking at my profile history, I can't really be considered an experienced user of this specific site in the network. Nevertheless, I have been an user on the network ...
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Should I edit out spaces between certain punctuation?

This is a thing with some languages that aren’t English. Most languages have their own punctuation rules to follow. (French, for one example, mandates a non-breaking space before most punctuation ...
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Is it OK to edit out "I'm new here..." statements from a question?

Don't remove important context Whether someone is, by own admission, a new player or gm is important context for a question. Specifically, it helps answerers frame their advice to the kind of querent ...
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'We do not enforce style' - how to react to discrepancies between policy and reality?

This policy isn't just lip service and does have power. Our fellow community members should be enforcing it, and the diamond moderators can and will enforce it as well, as we have done in the past. ...
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Editing an answer to change a mistaken vote

I'll examine that from the lens of something that will actually happen: just generally making downvotes we might later wish we hadn't. Most of the time, just live with it; if the answer's any good it'...
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On "active" answer ordering and micro-edits

I don't see the issue here You have stated that your issue is with: the author was returning to the post to make trivial edits (adding or tweaking a word or two) every time anyone else added a new ...
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What is an "edit war" and is it ever appropriate?

What is an edit war? Edit Warring is when two (or more) users disagree about something (generally whether something should have a specific edit) and uses their privileges to do and undo that edit ...
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I asked a bad question, how should I fix that?

Option #3: Edit the current question to only ask about #2 and ask #1 as a new question Your two questions seem pretty independent of each other. Since you already have an answer to one of them and the ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

We shouldn't guess the system when editing or tagging — we should make the author clarify. We could guess wrong. Lots of games and editions share similar verbiage. If we guess wrong, we're not ...
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Is [dungeons-and-dragons] tag OK for questions without particular D&D edition in mind?

This tagging's OK. It's not the “wrong” game tag. We use [dungeons-and-dragons] when the question isn't about any one edition in the series, which is normal for history questions about the series, but ...
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Are you allowed to change citation style?

"Allowed to change..." is evidently "yes," since that user has edit privileges. But I'll answer what I think is the implied question "was this a good edit" or maybe "...
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What's our policy on editing "Thanks" from new questions?

Remove "thanks" and "thank you" from posts One of the major strengths of SO/SE is a very high signal to noise ratio, meaning that pages here are laser focused on good quality ...
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Is it okay to post a non-answer and then delete it if I intend to come back later and write an actual answer?

There are legitimate uses that we could never distinguish from illegitimate ones, and the illegitimate uses are not serious enough to consider throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Do we seriously ...
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What to do when an edit guesses the system being used rather than waiting for the querent to clarify?

It should be fine, if you're certain Okay, this is an old stackexchange FAQ and unlikely to get any real attention, but to me, this rule seems needlessly punishing on new users, especially when the ...
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What should have happened here?

The edit overstepped and I have rolled it back. @legendarydude may be correct about the source of the problem - maybe the way their group can have fun is by adopting a deeper in-character RP stance. ...
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How to Improve/Fix This Question About Modelling Reciprocal Economies?

It’s currently long enough to dissuade reopen voters from re-reading a niche question written about foreign (non-RPG domain) technical concepts. It’s also written at a much higher grade level than ...
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