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I think you are overestimating the effort users put into performing spell checks. I would be surprised if any of us browsed the site for no other reason than finding and correcting spelling mistakes. Rather, we read content because we are interested in it and edit spelling mistakes that we happen to find in the process, which hardly costs any time at all. ...


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As one of the persons performing such edits, here are my rationales for these: I would not edit a post only for making said replacements. It’s only a bonus to some more important edit. When I edit, I substitute the majority of quotation marks with something other than quotation marks, namely blockquotes or italics. What exactly I use depends strongly on the ...


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When editing a post, any spelling of a word that is not conforming to the current spelling rules should be changed to a spelling that is conforming to the current spelling rules. The main reason why we are so keen on spelling at all is to avoid confusing language learners with misspellings. I would not see why the reason for the misspellings (sloppiness, ...


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We have essentially three aspects here: What is the optimal formatting of that title? First, one (reasonable) formatting paradigm for all titles and posts is advantageous for readability and is something to strive for (though to what extent is debatable, see below). Now, the paradigm according to which these verbs would be capitalised would be one that ...


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I don't see much value in typografic quotation marks. My keyboardsettings don't include such by default, and since I'm not in the literature-buisiness, I don't need them on a daily basis to remember shortcuts. Afaik, there are even a lot of conventions, i.E. („ and “), the same horizontally mirrored, and (>> and <<) and mirrored again, more common in ...


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In addition to Wrzlprmft's answer: There are users, who are feeling disturbed by spelling errors - let's call it some mild form of OCD. Why would you disallow them to improve those on their own time, if it (a) makes them feel better, and (b) improves the average quality of the site? For example, I do loads of code reviews and proof-reading at work, and a ...


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When editing we should take care to not only remove a typo but while we're at it to also edit other minor issues we came across. This also includes formatting of a post. Having said that we also have to point out that an editing guide for German Language still waits for community contributions. Typos In your case a user edited an obvious typo from your title ...


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Deviations from standard spelling which are consistent and seem intentional should not be changed in an edit. Doing so would be an unnecessarily aggressive act.


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Rollbacks sind genau für den Fall vorgesehen, dass Du denkst, dass ein Beitrag unangemessen geändert wurde: Klicke auf edited X ago. Suche beste Version. Klicke auf rollback in der zugehörigen Kopfleiste. Der Beitrag wird dann auf die entsprechende Version zurückgesetzt. Wenn die fragliche Änderung sowohl positiv als auch negativ war, kann es jedoch ...


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Since I was the user in question, I may add my thoughts on this issue, too, even though they don’t differ too strongly from Wrzlprmft’s. I can’t remember whether I used to make such edits below the reputation bar that allows free editing of every post. I do know that I definitely overused that type of edit, e.g. to gain the archaeologist, copy editor or ...


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Questions In my opinion, whenever a user fundamentally alters his question's core points, and one or more well-received answers have been posted already (or are about to be posted), the question should be rolled back to the last revision that still captures the original content. This is legal under the terms of the CC-BY-SA license the user agreed to when ...


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Only for questions: If a question has already been answered, and gets changed in a way which renders some answers false, the change shouldn't be made. Instead, if the question was unclear, the person who did a poor job asking it shall open a new question, keeping the already given but else useless answer intact. I observed cases (not on GL) where correct ...


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The 6-character limit for edits was introduced for good reasons for all Stack Exchange Sites including us. I doubt this will change on a per site basis. Lowering this limit would need a change made to all sites on the network. See: Are we discouraged from fixing typos and misspellings on Stack Exchange sites? How to overcome "Edits must be at least 6 ...


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I have reviewed your edit and did not find it useful/necessary to change the title. The question has been asked by a "beginner" regarding german language and I think it may be useful to have the questioned articles in the topic as this is more easy to find for beginners. That said, I agreed with your minor changes in the text-part of the question. Second ...


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Q1) I consider this a tricky issue, since the most efficient solution is, that the author of the question performs the separation. Only after their own separation they get the (up)votes and the choice of which answers to accept. (One serious disadvantage of combined questions is, that the parts of different answers may be worth of acceptance.) Quite a few ...


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I disagree that the correction from hole to whole and this to these doesn't improve the answer. And I don't see, how it encourages insignificant edits. Maybe the two other modifications were made to fulfill the modification threshold, which is, in my opinion, an invalid measurement but of small impact, since you may perform even small sized improvements ...


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As long as the edit improves the post, I'd say the edit should be approved. The system already has a check in place that enforces that the user does not change "just one comma" or a similar low amount of characters. Despite: „Als man sich gerade über die Beschießung von Shanghai durch die Japaner erregte und ich Karl Kraus bei einem der berühmten ...


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There are actually two options. The other one is gaining enough reputation to have the edit priviledge. Once you have it, you can submit even one-character edits which are always applied immediately. But going back to those below the edit priviledge. Because it is very unlike that the six-character limit will fall (there are quite a few discussions on meta....


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First of all, some statement on my rejection of the edit that sparked this discussion: Regarding the usage of Fuffi, the author of the answer claimed that he mostly heard the term on TV. The edit makes a different claim, by saying that it is “colloquial in parts” of the German area. Due to their vagueness, these statements are not exactly contradictory, but ...


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In the concrete example, the edit adds only useless noise. It's not wrong, but unneccessary and should be abandoned. In contrast, deleting such a paragraph would be too rude. Such changes can be suggested in comments, but if they don't correct a mistake or fill in necessary information, they shouldn't be made. Even a lousy street slang should be left in ...


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