EDIT 2.25: At the time of this writing, every single question on the main page has been touched by Bybe, covering the span of a single hour. Newer topics going back as much as 21 hours(at which point I stopped looking) have been completely buried in Questions/Newest.

As much as I hate having to call out a single person: @bybe I've been biting my tongue on this for a while, but it's getting obnoxious with the recent barrage of edits on seemingly every old question, regardless of need or effectiveness. (It's also pushing down actual new topics, but that's for another time.)

In this thread, which has already been resolved, a series of questions which were already set apart just fine was:

  1. Moved into an ordered list.
  2. Every item made italic.
  3. And then bold on top of it.

That's just one of the more egregious examples. Links are already (bright) blue and don't need to be additionally bolded. Have some trust in people's ability to read. Bold italic actually detracts from this and just makes people feel like you're yelling at them.

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Thanks for bringing this to my attention I guess people determine different styling methods differently and agree this can be seen differently from user to user and in the best interest of the community I will from here onwards stop using excessive italic and bold on list items.

It's worth noting that not all my edits contain such excessive use of italic, but point noted.

Also I'd like you to address the bumping of old posts, how can this be avoided? I don't see old posts being edited for grammar, spelling and containing 404's unworthy edits. it's not my intention to bump old posts, far from that in fact.

Thanks again.

  • We're going to disagree on whether editing old threads is worth it. But editing old resolved threads is debatable at best, as far as I'm concerned. And to be blunt I question how rigorous you can be about it at the rate you're going. You incorrectly stripped a link from one of my own answers just today as 404 when it's perfectly accessible. I don't have the inclination to dig around for more examples.
    – Su'
    Feb 25, 2013 at 21:36
  • Bumping newer topics is unavoidable. It's how the system works by design. What you're bringing up is basically a variation of this meta topic re not making edits that don't substantially help the topic. To a prior comment: resolved topics don't need more help, usually. Circumventing your activity requires users go to the Questions tab, and then the Newest tab under there. (Also, it remembers if you were on eg. FAQ, so more annoying.) It's not viable for you to expect everyone do that.
    – Su'
    Feb 25, 2013 at 21:40
  • Well I have to disagree... Because your rollbacked to a previous edit of mine just reverts the problem. The link in question is drupal.org/node/206724 and its 403... I.e Forbidden and no good for anyone. I check every single link and they are not just mindless ZAP ZAP ZAP's! I even checked that link with various status headers such as Webconfs. I suggest you recheck drupal.org/node/206724 as it doesn't work at all. And editing old posts removing unless pages isn't necessary useless. A site with 10% of pages that contain 404's might become a problem. Feb 25, 2013 at 21:58
  • And to recomment once again, yes the link is now working which would indicate that Drupal was having problems. My bad.. But again its worth noting 99.9% of my edits have not been of this nature of 403s. Apologizes, Thanks for rolling back. But if you ever do get the time to review my edits your see that 99.9% are acceptable or least I hope they are. Feb 25, 2013 at 22:09
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    I'll chill out with the edits and stick to answers I think ;) Feb 25, 2013 at 22:21
  • Thanks for backing off, bybe. My RSS reader gets all of the posts you edit as if they were new posts, which makes it harder for me to answer questions effectively. I think most of your edits have been good, but the way that stack bumps edits makes your approach unwieldy. I've had good luck with specifically editing titles of unanswered question in a way that they would attract more attention so they get answered, so the bumping functionality can certainly be useful. Feb 26, 2013 at 16:13
  • @bybe It wasn't said explicitly, but editing posts for spelling/grammar or if they have genuine mistakes is fine and encouraged. (Generally best to only do a few at a time.) Editing formatting (especially adding bold and italic) when the current posts are perfectly clear is pointless. Mar 1, 2013 at 13:21
  • @bybe: Please stop to edit all these questions!
    – Zistoloen
    Mar 8, 2013 at 13:04
  • Sorry.... I'm adding tags and can't help myself when I see spelling mistakes and grammar that just makes no sense.. Should I ignore them because people rather click active questions over new questions.. Mar 8, 2013 at 13:16
  • The edits are not changing words from the to 'The' etc. Seems no matter how big the edit people frown upon such things. Mar 8, 2013 at 13:18
  • @bybe: Please, you just want to get a badge.
    – Zistoloen
    Mar 8, 2013 at 13:21
  • Really? Virtual badges are just pixels, I do it because I enjoy it. If I wanted a badge I'd go work in mac donalds and get a real badge with 5 stars. Please consider for one moment that people use stack exchanges because they enjoy the community and actually enjoy using the site in many ways more than just answering questions. Mar 8, 2013 at 13:25
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    @bybe Without wishing to offend, your own spelling and grammar leaves a great deal to be desired. You're not apt for a position policing the spelling and grammar of others. Your activities most certainly are not enhancing my enjoyment of this community, nor does it appear to be endearing you to others – perhaps you should consider, for one moment…
    – GDVS
    Mar 8, 2013 at 13:36
  • @bybe: Congratulations for having just gained the Copy Editor badge.
    – Zistoloen
    Mar 8, 2013 at 13:37
  • and? @Zistoloen I don't see how its relevant its just pixels. Mar 8, 2013 at 13:40

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