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Yes, terminology like this should be edited away liberally from questions, answers, and especially question titles. People could be quite reasonably offended by this language - it's making disrespectful stereotypical judgements - and that in itself might well be a good enough reason to edit these terms. But there's another reason as well. "[societal-role]-...


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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 principle: you shouldn't edit unless you're sure you're doing the right thing anyway. The suggested edit review queues are a safety net against obvious badness or ...


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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 into bad answers when you guess wrong. If the OP never bothers to come back to clarify their question - then what good are answers going to do them anyway? ...


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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 Stack devoted to “homebrew” critique. They therefore have had to address this issue, and appear to be quite successful. So taking a look at their policy could ...


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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 determine from the asker the system in the question. If you are absolutely certain of the unnamed system (having eliminated all other possibilities because of an ...


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Some people are going to have a use for this question and its answers. Some people will not. I personally have no use for a lot of the questions and answers on this site, but otherwise have lots of use for others. If it were not a real problem faced by a significant number of gamers, who would like a solution, the question would not be popular. Hence, it ...


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There's a difference between 'deride' and 'advocate' you may be missing. RPG Stack Exchange, like the other Stack Exchanges, has a wide variety of schools of thought represented even on a single topic. In this case, the RPG world has a wide variety of play styles represented. Luckily, there are well trod guidelines on how SEs maintain this diversity. ...


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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! I agree with the answers already posted dealing with policies; I'm posting to suggest an action for posters and editors to keep in mind going forward. ...


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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 happened here wasn’t helpful — the intervention caused more harm than good: It wasn’t closed, so justification for an overhaul to make it reopenable didn’t ...


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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 moderator (moderators have a diamond next to their username to identify them), just a regular concerned user. All users with edit permissions can engage in this ...


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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] shouldn't be changed through editing, because both are correct and switching the style doesn't make a post even a little bit easier to read. This is similar to AmE ...


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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 edits that are denied leads to a fairly quick automated IP level block. Following that, yeah, putting links in to dubious sources is suspect and those edits ...


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Related links are one of the good uses of comments, and we don't delete them.


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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 objective improvement, you can flag it for moderator attention or bring it up here like you've done. In this case you did correct a bunch of errors — it's ...


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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 a @mention -ed comment on your post thanking them for the edit. We are more lenient with "thanks" comments, as @SevenSidedDie explains that "thanks" comments ...


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Generally they need to be deleted or updated. If the author is a regular a comment indicating that the question has changed and that they should edit or delete their answer is best. If the author is a drive by or hasn't been to the site in a while then you've got a choice to make. If a minimal edit can be made to bring it into the new scope of the question ...


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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 the previous answer had. If you feel your old answer was substantially wrong, and without merit, and causing harm, then you might choose to delete your old ...


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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 confusing until you get the 10k privilege to see deleted answers, but it’s not really avoidable: when it was first bumped it was visible, and needed the bump ...


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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 for quite a long time now and have seen this topic come up many other times on various of its topic-specific sites, so please accept my answer as something more ...


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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 other than periods and commas; for another, Polish mandates a comma in places that English forbids a comma.) English has its own rules for punctuation. And ...


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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 To address issues of wording, grammar, or spelling that make the intent less clear (though it should still be pretty clear) To update as rules and errata are ...


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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. However we all can only act on what we see happening and we can't notice everything. If you see one-off edits that change style in a way you're not comfortable ...


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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 used to. In your case, what happened is this: but I have never seen people actually play D&D at that level. How much fun would a game be where an enemy ...


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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 your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this may not be the site for you. Effectively, a post is “owned” by the community.&...


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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 belong on an international site like this, even if other cultures do not. In this situation, those who experience discomfort take precedence over those who don't. ...


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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 helping the querent, and we'll have a significant mess to clean up if/when they correct us. Sometimes their clarification will show us a problem we weren't ...


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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'll have plenty of other upvotes to negate the impact of your single one. Single downvotes on anything are like white noise from the universe and aren't really ...


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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 answer or made an edit In my opinion this is the least reputation gaming way to make edits. Making an edit after someone else has already bumped the question ...


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Yes! This is the flip-side of that other question: when the question is invalidly changed and makes the answers obsolete. This is bad practice too. Consequently, policy aims to walk the line between the two possible badnesses. Generally, it's possible to spot (as you have) the cases where the change to the question isn't merely clarifying or removing ...


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The guideline for editing is stated as this in our editing help: When should I edit posts? Any time you see a post that needs improvement and are inclined to suggest an edit, you are welcome to do so. The original author of a question or answer may always edit their own post, regardless of reputation level. Edits are expected to be substantial ...


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