This is a reference question for people wondering what the best practices are when editing posts.
When should I edit posts?
Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged!
Some common reasons to edit are:
- to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes
- to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it
- to correct minor mistakes or add addendums / updates as the post ages
- to add related resources or hyperlinks
Try to make the post substantively better when you edit, not just change a single character or remove a 'thank you'. Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged.
How do I edit posts?
The edit link is available under each post.
What happens when I edit a post?
The post will be updated to show the latest editor, as well as the original author. All edits are saved and tracked in a revision history with attribution to each editor.
The revision history can be viewed by clicking the date and time next to the edited post (e.g. "edited 3 days ago").
Editing a post also bumps the question to the top of the homepage. Make your edits count.
Reviewing suggested edits
In addition, users with this privilege level also get access to the suggested edits queue. The queue has a list of posts which have been edited upon by users who don't have edit privileges. This queue can be accessed over at the suggested edits tab in the review section.
Users with this privilege level get access to the Low Quality Posts list where they can improve the low quality posts, or suggest they are deleted.