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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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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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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 be ...


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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 is only about D&D 5e, and cannot possibly refer to any other game or edition. It's not the same as "5e", which can be thought of by some as ...


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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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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 should be a straightforward question, and a straightforward answer. Consider the case of an answer saying something like this: The answer is A. Edit: ...


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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 flamethrower squad being called to deal with threads... I can only allude to the Dragonriders of Pern, burning Thread.


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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 exist ...


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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 that is asking. Don't make edits which removes, hides, or obscures this context. To identify things which are better of removed, try if it retracts from the ...


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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 mess, what with an answer already being accepted and answering a different question. Further, the question is a decent one by itself, so although it might not be ...


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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'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 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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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 won'...


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