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Editing is a core, fundamental Stack Exchange value; we allow editing by registered and unregistered users (if peer reviewed).

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Should you edit someone else's code in a question?

I have seen several (suggested) reviews lately, where someone edits the code in the original poster's question. Should such edits be allowed? The edits in question are mostly minor. Some add spaces ...
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Is it okay to edit part(s) of code not yet reviewed?

In this question of mine, the one answerer so far has only reviewed a part of my code. However, I've made changes on other parts of my code, but I don't want to somehow invalidate that answer. Would ...
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Is it okay to modify code in a post if we've discovered a bug, before receiving an answer?

Assuming that I have a posted a question with working code, and I've discovered a bug in it without the help of an answer, is it okay to edit the code in the post with a fix?
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Does the plain-English part of a question even matter?

Does the plain-English part of a question even matter? I'm not recommending that the plain-English part doesn't help make questions better, but given the approach we've taken towards answers on ...
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Cleaning up the original code in the question

Most of the reviewers/answerers here should be familiar enough with Ctrl+K and Home,Shift+▼,Del keystroke combinations that an edit to provide some readability without losing the original content of ...
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Can I edit broken code if I'm sure I'm recreating OP's original code?

I know, I know: "Never edit the code, leave it for the review!". But please, hear me out before answering. What should I do if I encounter a code that doesn't work, but I'm 99.99% sure it's because ...
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Do we want site-specific editing guidance?

With our newly reached "graduated" (I really shouldn't put that in quotes) status, I expect a significant influx of new users, be it through migration or otherwise being drawn in by the thrill of a ...
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Non-OP edits to change the original question to make it on-topic

I feel that this topic is ambiguous at the current time, and I would like some clarification. When I see a question that is obviously, or at least appears to be off-topic based on how it is worded, my ...
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Increase number of edits before post becomes community wiki

According to this answer on meta.stackoverflow.com: Posts enter community wiki mode when one of the following happens: [...] The post has been edited ten (10) times by the original owner. Typical ...
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Should code be forcibly translated into English?

In Sieve prime generator C++, a user translated some French strings into English, and the edit got approved. In toBase64 encoder, the author replaced Russian strings and comments with English in ...
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What are our answer editing guidelines?

On this site, we have a well-known policy on editing code in questions: Don't do it. After all, that code is up for review, in all its glorious ugliness and buginess. But clearly, such reasoning ...
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Correct edit rejection

As code edits are reviewed by peers, anyone who has rights to review the edits can approve or reject edits. I suggested this edit and, AFAIK, my edits are correct. But this got rejected. I know this ...
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Suggested edit breaks license due to pastebin

I am not a lawyer. I am reviewing a suggested edit where a user created a jsFiddle from the code in someone elses question. I believe this breaches the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license that the code in the ...
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Is this edit okay?

A struct within a class, and this is the edit history: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/posts/60534/revisions The original code include this method: ...
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Is it appropriate to edit excessive line breaks from code?

Some questions (2) have quite a few extra lines which are kind of unnecessary. I guess they could be attributed to "style" but in my opinion they make to more lines and less to readable code. For ...
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Unmodified question looks modified

This is maybe the fourth time I noticed this scenario since the start of this year, so I am curious to know if you have an explanation: When I clicked on Questions, I saw this: But when I clicked to ...
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Not notified of unwanted edits to question

I was surprised to see one of my questions being changed that much that the intent of the question was removed from it. As C++ is evolving rapidly, I was experimenting with one of its features: ...
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