What should we do if somebody over-edits our post?

e.g, my original post was not perfect, and I appreciate some of what was added, but the edit changed my position on the subject, made the question "not a question" and left my name attached to the post:

Will setting a cron job to delete ._ shadow files on a linux share work?

Can I see my original post to compare? Is there a "revert" or something?


Roll it back and add a comment as to why you prefer your wording or better, make a second edit to keep the good and further refine things you feel could be made better.

In your specific case, I edited it quite severely since it was a rant and they get flagged and closed more often than not, but as the author of the post you generally get extra leeway in how a post reads. Who cares if people are livid - the emotional state of others on a chat board or even one person's frustration rarely add value to a question on the site so we do edit out rants as a point of policy. I did leave in the "livid" part to indicate that you were frustrated and chose those words to characterize this function and your view of it.

Since the site is edited collaboratively - you should expect a back and forth as well as be open to what the regulars consider "good form" when you are new to a particular site.

Just click on the edited... link to see revisions and comments as to why a particular edit was made...

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Do let the faq soak in on the part about being comfortable with others editing your words.

  • I won't revert, I know it was done in the right spirit... which is why I ask. I was surprised at the heavy edit. Note that the edit contains an answer to my question... "should I set up a cron job?", but I'm still not sure if that was the right thing to do in this case. I'm not new to Stackexchange, only new to the Apple forum. I haven't seen this kind of edit before.
    – mgjk
    Aug 16 '12 at 16:47
  • I'm glad you're here and also glad for the content. It was on the heavy end of edits for sure but we get hundreds of "apple sucks - why did they do this stupid thing" and I honestly didn't want your name colored into that category. It's a great question. I did take a second edit at your title - I hope the last edit captures your main intent better.
    – bmike Mod
    Aug 16 '12 at 16:58

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