I've just did a compulsive edit on this question, essentially removing
@since comments, to prune the code block (From 584 lines -> 491). I absolutely forgot that I don't have full edit privileges, and the "Thanks for your edit!" note made me wonder a bit if my edit was appropriate.
My reasoning was that the comments are absolutely unnecessary for a code review, and since OP already had a link to the proper version hosted on GitHub, it wasn't really a big deal. Ordinarily by posting to any Stack Exchange site, you implicitly accept the terms of the CC licence, and it shouldn't really matter.
My edit was accepted, but I think that some people may consider
@author comments a bit special and will not appreciate such edits.
What do you think? Are such edits appropriate or frowned upon?