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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 ...
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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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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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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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Don't signal your edits in text

No really, we mean it. When, in the course of natural events (i.e. not searching specifically for it) you see signs of a poorly edited-in edit, correct it. And regarding d7's claim about the ...
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Don't signal your edits in text

People come here with questions (often from Google) to find answers. They shouldn't have to sort through a pile of "Edit", "Edit 2" amendments to work out what the answer is. There ...
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Cultural relativity and the appropriateness of potentially offensive words

Keeping loaded language to a minimum is part of our ongoing work to cultivate a welcoming and patient environment, so thank you for letting us know we've been ignorant of a word's loaded implications! ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Consensus on open5e.com?

Anyone can edit, anonymous edits (just like those by low rep users) must be approved by two users with 2k reputation before they become active (or the power owner can approve). Repeatedly suggesting ...
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Do I edit or create a new answer when my view on my current answer changes significantly?

No, I would say that you should not edit your answer, This is a new answer, it is substantially different. It has its own different pros and cons. It thus should not benefit from the up/down votes ...
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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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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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Should I edit my question or create a new one?

Ask a new question, definitely. When the question changes substantially, it's cleaner and preferred to make a new question. The existing question is done and editing it now would create a bit of a ...
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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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'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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Is the poster the final arbitor of the content of their posts?

To answer the surface question — no: Why can people edit my posts? How does editing work? All contributions are licensed under Creative Commons […] If you are not comfortable with the idea of ...
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Cultural relativity and the appropriateness of potentially offensive words

On the "t***": The word in the OP is definitely offensive in some cultures. In the US, there's a good chance that it will ring misogynistic. If one culture considers a word offensive, it doesn't ...
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Downvoting behaviour does not enable me to improve my post

I haven't seen this until now, so this is an opinion coming from fresh eyes. There is a difference in voting patterns on this site compared to something like Stack Overflow. It takes some getting ...
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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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