# Why do some answers have several edits by the same person?

## I've noticed that some people on this site will give an answer and then edit it several times. I'm curious if there's a specific reason as to why people do this, because I have no idea.

Jan 23, 2018

I often make several edits because I like to fuss with the formatting.

#### Explanation:

I like elements of an answer to line up exactly, for example.

Or I might want to use a couple of different ways to show emphasis or sections, like these

$\text{S}$$\text{ection One}$

Section One

Section One

• Section One
Mar 26, 2018

To satisfy my obsessive-compulsive drive to correct mistakes and, where possible, to improve the clarity of explanations.

#### Explanation:

In the world of maths, this virtuous cycle of proof-reading and editing until that nebulous state of "I can't see any mistakes and the supporting text is sufficiently clear" is reached must be regarded as a good thing, surely?
just now ·

Aug 2, 2018

Fix many mistakes, add auxiliary information, etc.

#### Explanation:

Personally, the moment is embarrassing when someone notices a mistake I made in answering a question- so I go through my answers with a fine-toothed comb, making sure I offer an accurate answer.

Another thing is that sometimes I edit my answers a few times to make sure it is the best answer I can give. I don't know the education level of whoever asks the question, so I have to break down topics in Layman's terms so everyone can understand it. Sometimes, I have to be more specific, or even delete a confusing part.

Hope this helps!