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It looks that I have just over-edited my own (first!) answer and got a comment:

Please try to keep the edits down to a minimal now. Thanks!

I was wondering what has just happened, searched a bit and found this question here:

... Every time you edit, your question is bumped to the front page, which you can use to get additional attention.

Now it makes sense, maybe even so many upvotes I got - surprised me, the answer was not that good, other answers were more to the point, mine was just friendly generic overview about code-styling, comments, doxygen, how to write a code... but I actually did not examine the code to be reviewed in such a detail as others did. But those upvotes made me think about the question and answers more and more... So I occasionally corrected few typos, reacted to comments, improved, corrected the move-assignment operator... and finally added full re-thinked code under Addendum - that was the last bit obviously.

Now I am unsure how to behave: Edits are on one side encouraged, but on the other side get too much attention - I don't wan't to bother others by my corrections, I only wanted to improve my answer once it is there. (And I really don't care about points, until I stay above 50 to be able to comment.)

Would it be possible to edit without getting that unwanted attention?

Could such a feature (check-box) be added? I mean not to bump it to the top.

Maybe I should just stop correcting my answers unless they really, really need it. Create some file on the cloud (to access it from different places) for my notes and corrections to place them all at once when I have something really valuable to add.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Another possibility would be, if you thought of a whole new review (such as your addendum) you could always post a separate answer reviewing other points of the code in the question. \$\endgroup\$ – Phrancis Sep 2 '14 at 20:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Phrancis: Maybe, this was really whole different, a compilation of thoughs (and not all completely mine, the unique_ptr idea came from a comment on another answer). So, it just settled in my mind as a great opportunity to practice my own skills and share the result. But I was thinking not to polute it with another answer, so, added to mine that was already there. \$\endgroup\$ – firda Sep 3 '14 at 7:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Phrancis but that also bumps the questions to the front page (which was the main worry of @firda), so I don't think that it would be a solution in this case. \$\endgroup\$ – tim Sep 3 '14 at 12:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ As I have just crossed 1k rep, I have another perspective: edit revision! I wish I did write proper hints in the past even for small typo corrections... too late :D \$\endgroup\$ – firda Oct 7 '14 at 15:10
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Now it makes sense, maybe even so many upvotes I got - surprised me,

Welcome to Code Review :) Voting is what we try to do around here. (Although on some questions, we still fail unfortunately)

Now I am unsure how to behave: Edits are on one side encouraged, but on the other side get too much attention

In this case, I don't think there's much harm done really.

But those upvotes made me think about the question and answers more and more... So I occasionally corrected few typos, reacted to comments, improved, corrected the move-assignment operator... and finally added full re-thinked code under Addendum - that was the last bit obviously.

And I don't see anything wrong with either of these.

I personally don't consider the bumping to front page much of a concern, there are others around here that do that quite a lot already.

I would recommend though, that sometimes when it's a minor thing, like a little typo or something that could be improved a little bit, you can let comments speak for themselves. I think in many cases people will read the comments to your answer as well, especially if those comments have likely been up-voted.

Also, the advice Jamal gave about updating more 'in batches' is a good one, although I don't think that is possible in all cases.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ In relation to my comment on my answer, there is one user sort of known for making a lot of edits to his own post, although not for gaining attention. I won't mention any names, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Sep 2 '14 at 23:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ I always edit my own questions and answers, because I like to present them in the best way possible. I'm a such perfectionist. :/ \$\endgroup\$ – Kid Diamond Sep 7 '14 at 22:53
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I don't think this would quite work. For one thing, it could be abused by anyone looking to edit in malicious content behind the scenes (although you can maybe argue that new users cannot have access to this). This feature is also in place to help ensure that edited posts are seen, so that it's easier for others to assess those changes. As a frequent editor, I too am not quite fond of this, but it has its uses and I just have to manage with it.

The advice I've given would still be best to follow. It's great that you want to keep it up-to-date, and it is definitely encouraged, but the frequent bumps can still seem annoying and possibly be seen by some as a way of trying to gain extra attention (even in spite of your specific edits). After reaching a large number of edits from yourself (a mod may comment about it after being notified), you could consider editing in batches instead of individually. This will minimize the bumping while still allowing you to make edits.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ but the frequent bumps can still seem annoying and possibly be seen by some as a way of trying to gain extra attention - Well aren't you one to talk... :) \$\endgroup\$ – Simon Forsberg Sep 2 '14 at 23:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SimonAndréForsberg: Nah, I meant with ones own post. I've never tried to do that with my own. I just wish tag-only edits wouldn't cause a bump... \$\endgroup\$ – Jamal Sep 2 '14 at 23:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ What about draft saving without commit? I know the draft gets saved and helped me few times, but am not sure how these work. I was writing something and now some comment elsewhere attracted my attention. What now? I have removed the incomplete addendum, saved it in a file, but left few changes before and saved, to go check the comment elsewhere. Possibility to safely save the draft for later review and commit would help a lot. Or personal-notes space (instead of my file-on-cloud idea). \$\endgroup\$ – firda Sep 3 '14 at 7:17

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