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In all stackexchange sites, there is an edit summary field provided when you try to edit a question or an answer. I find myself frequently writing there the following:

"edited title, added a tag"


"edited title, added two tags and edited body for clarity"

Here are my concerns:

  1. Are the above two statements grammatically correct?
  2. Should I replace the comma with a semicolon?
  3. Are there any fullstops required in any of the two statements?
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If you're concerned with "grammaticality", you might start by considering the fact that there's no subject for the verb[s] in your examples. – FumbleFingers May 19 '13 at 15:07
Commas are fine, semicolons are fine, end-stops (periods) are fine. The point is to say as briefly as possible, not as grammatically as possible, what you did & why. Your comments are understandable. That's all that's necessary. The character limit is about 160 for those comments, so write sparingly but clearly. I'd say "fixed title; added two tags; corrected spelling, punctuation, syntax, grammar for clarity", or whatever I did. I used two semicolons because the final list has commas. – user21497 May 19 '13 at 15:15
@BillFranke Thanks for identifying the difference between comma and semicolon there. – Regmi May 19 '13 at 15:17
Careful about separating lists containing elements including commas with semicolons. I use that approach, but some others don't approve. :-) – jbeldock Jun 9 '13 at 23:10
The above are not "statements" in the grammatical sense. They are fragments sufficient to convey the idea in a concise way. Rules of punctuation may apply as for usual sentences. Do not use a period (full-stop) because there's no sentence as such. Why do you think you need a semicolon? – Kris Jul 4 '13 at 9:57

It is perfectly grammatical in spoken English to omit a topic subject when it is clearly inferrable from context. e.g.,

What happened to Thomas?
Got turned down again by Janice.

This convention is non-standard in most types of written English, but in proofreader's comments it is more than acceptable (to actually explicitly write the subject would sound odd).

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The examples given are grammatically non-standard, because the subject and a determiner are missing (it would have to be "I edited the title and added a tag" to be standard). But that's why a linguist would talk about "standard" and "non-standard", not "correct" and "incorrect". Although they are non-standard ("not grammatically correct", if you like), they're absolutely fine as they are in the current context (and far better than the verbose "correct" versions).

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