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If someone edits my answer, will it be obvious?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM

As a physician, I can potentially be sued for anything I write in a public forum. So I have to be very careful about what I write, and often append a disclaimer. I just found out that my answers can be edited by others. I don't want to be held responsible for what others write. When an edit is done by others, is it clear who did it, when, and what he changed?

PS: I don't care if the editor is an anonymous pseudonym.

Cdee7454bccdc4ac14ec23b9657eb573

(1239)

on October 14, 2011
at 08:15 AM

Korion, thanks for the great illustration. I think I'm OK here.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:58 AM

LOL, Ambimorph! I can't stand mispellings and couldn't care less about tags. You can always see what was edited anyway, so I don't get the loss of credibility?

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I don't edit grammar or spelling. Care in grammar and spelling is one way that I judge credibility, so if it's edited away then that's a loss of information, in my opinion. Most of my editing ends up being tag clarification, because I care a lot about search.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on October 13, 2011
at 03:40 PM

You can roll back edits as well... You can now roll back Korion's edit and earn a badge as well...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I usually edit for spelling, grammar & punctuation. We are supposed to honor the intent of the original poster.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on October 13, 2011
at 01:55 PM

I am typically very grateful for edits, they correct my spelling and run ons It is also sometimes just necessary when a question is difficult to read or understand.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on October 13, 2011
at 12:00 PM

Sometimes people edit for ridiculous reasons, but that's probably because they want "Strunk & White" badge :)

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on October 13, 2011
at 09:51 AM

It is very clear. When someone edits a post, you can track all the changes to it. I've edited your post to make that clear : click on ("x seconds ago") to track my changes to your post.

[Edit: And here's what it looks like when someone edits an answer. -- Beth]

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F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on October 13, 2011
at 11:34 AM

why edit? First, it is not fair. I've seen many very long and drawn out posts, you might as well just delete an entire section.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on October 13, 2011
at 12:00 PM

Sometimes people edit for ridiculous reasons, but that's probably because they want "Strunk & White" badge :)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on October 13, 2011
at 01:55 PM

I am typically very grateful for edits, they correct my spelling and run ons It is also sometimes just necessary when a question is difficult to read or understand.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 14, 2011
at 03:58 AM

LOL, Ambimorph! I can't stand mispellings and couldn't care less about tags. You can always see what was edited anyway, so I don't get the loss of credibility?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:11 PM

I usually edit for spelling, grammar & punctuation. We are supposed to honor the intent of the original poster.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on October 13, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I don't edit grammar or spelling. Care in grammar and spelling is one way that I judge credibility, so if it's edited away then that's a loss of information, in my opinion. Most of my editing ends up being tag clarification, because I care a lot about search.

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