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I think we should make sure all questions and answers display correctly, even if old. [Edit: By this, I mean, necessary changes, that add clarity, should be welcome. Adding spaces, correcting trivial typos, and the like, should not be the focus: They clutter the front page, and at least currently, seem to be happening simply as a means by low reputation ...


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Yes, this is totally worthwhile! Please do this. The value of a linked reference is far higher than the value of an unlinked reference; the latter I fear often simply go unconsulted. I go further than your suggestion in the question, and say that it is totally fine and encouraged to add the link, even when it wasn't so difficult to find.


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Here's an idea for a new feature; depending on what people say here I can post it as a feature-request either here or at https://meta.stackoverflow.com/. A "minor edit" checkbox, along with the parenthetical text "minor edits must be reviewed by another user, but do not bump the post on the list of active questions". It would then do what it says. Since ...


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To answer the question in the title, no it is not appropriate. To answer the intent of the question, consider the following strategy: take a single somewhat general question and break it up into individual questions, each with its own singular perspective and each giving a different part of the big question. Provide links between the various questions. ...


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I believe that I am the user that you are referring to. I apologise to anyone I have inconvenienced. The majority of the edits that I have done over this short period of time were fixing very similar errors which caused the output to split over several lines. I think I got carried away because I wanted to fix all of them (there aren't that many to fix). ...


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The OP wrote: I know on the old meta, now known as tea, such issues were discussed. I am collecting here some relevant threads which I was able to locate. I am making this CW - feel free to add more links, if you consider them relevant. Editing old answers by other users; François G. Dorais said there: "It's fine and encouraged to improve old questions and ...


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Today, I have spotted Pietro Majer bumping close to 20 (and counting...) of his answers to the front page with minor edits. (Sorry to be so blunt in naming a respected user, but I guess I'm a little annoyed.)


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I think all editting should be fine (it improves the database of questions and answers), but editting should not automatically lead to the question being bumped. Maybe the question should only be bumped if the person doing the editting explicitly clicks on a "bump" button, or something.


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It's happening again, more than 15 minor edits by one user. Clearly it is just not well known how much this affects the "Active" view. The view by newest Questions is unaffected. I have no suggestion, aside from revisiting "Silent” Edits for MO?"


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A likely effect of performing gratuitous edits (or ones perceived as gratuitous) is that you irritate a lot of people, some of whom will flag for moderator attention. A small handful of small edits may fly under the radar, or otherwise might be excused, but I'd say you have to be careful/thoughtful. (I think this is consistent with the answer given here, ...


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One of the founders of MO told me in person that he thinks it's actually a good idea to bump up your old questions every year or so, and he suggested finding a minor edit to make specifically for this purpose...


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The user has been contacted by a moderator. Please advise if the behavior persists.


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Some time ago, still unaware of the mechanism of the active tab, I had the idea of correcting the wrong spelling of the name "Hölder", too often written "Holder" by laziness or ignorance, in every occurrence in MO posts. As a result, we had a huge wave of Hölder-related questions over all MO users, a fact I was sincerely sorry about (my excuses again). ...


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Yes please! Sometimes the answer you're looking for is contained in some old post and it is very helpful to have as much information as needed.


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If you check the revision history or the timeline of your post, you can see that the question was bumped by the Community user. You can find pointers to some information about community user in the corresponding tag-info. In particular, you can check the user page of this user. And also the FAQ post: Who is the Community user? There are also some related ...


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If you want to bump an old question even though you have nothing to add to it, the least you could do is to make it publicly. If you add and quickly delete an answer, only the users that can see ghosts deleted answers will know what happened. I'm not in favour of bumping old questions unnecessarily, especially if you do it often, and I have understood that ...


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This is not an answer to Joseph O'Rourke's question, but rather an apology of my own, along the same lines: Many of my old posts used images that I hosted at Photobucket, and they have now have disallowed direct linking for free accounts. Thus I have now begun moving all the images to imgur as well. I will try to restrict myself to bumping 4 or 5 old ...


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Maybe it could be useful to spell out explicitly why the edits in question were problematic. (Both for the benefit of the user referenced in the question and also for other users who want to help editing.) I do not claim that this represents the majority opinion - after all the opinions on this vary and it's probably impossible to write down something with ...


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EDIT: This was posted as a response to the original version of the question which explicitly mentioned also tag edits. I will try to address mainly the general question about editing closed questions - as far as I can tell your question is intended to be general and not only about the edit you linked to. (We can leave comments and chat for discussion of ...


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Depending on how one reads your post, it can be considered as two or three (or perhaps even more) closely related questions. Could (and should) we change behavior of the community user such that it bumps questions which have no answers? What are the reasons why this feature request currently works the way it does? It seems that the main purpose of this ...


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