I see several answers that seem like a mixture of a straightforward, probably correct answer, with a very loosely related semi-rant at attorney's, judges, and courts. Is it within the etiquette of the site for a third party to edit out the semi-rant and therefore improve the answer and the tone of this site for future readers?
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By coincidence, a post by the same person prompted my question. I agree with one of the answers you received about editing out the irrelevant text in an answer.– George WhiteApr 21, 2019 at 3:52
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An interpretation of the site's Be Nice policy and the site's What if I see someone doing something bad policy:
- Edit would change the substantive content or primary purpose of the post: flag it instead
- Edit wouldn't change the substantive content or primary purpose of the post: attempt an edit, clearly explaining the reason for it. Posts, of course, may be re-edited in the event someone disagrees.
Explain the reason in the edited post or in a comment or in the box that pops up asking for a characterization for the edits? I Apr 20, 2019 at 16:53
If it's a minor edit, the edit-characterization box should suffice.– Pat W. ModApr 20, 2019 at 17:46