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Do you need to use “sic” for every error, or just the first occurrence?

I am typing into a computer a Civil War diary. The (unknown) author's spelling errors are actually quite consistent. Example: "Troutman told Doug and me to ride ahead and riddjup an area to make ...
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Are there other constructs such as “[sic]” in quotations or otherwise?

In quotations and other similar contexts, I often see [sic] included used to mean I am quoting this verbatim, they made a mistake here. I am not sure if there is a general category for this kind of a ...
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Do I need to write [sic] when including a quotation with a number less than 10 that isn't written out?

I know you have to write out numbers less than 10. However, if you're quoting a source that doesn't do so, do you need to write [sic] after each number less than 10 that isn't written out? For ...
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Using [sic] to correct “etc” without a period [closed]

I am quoting a passage that uses the abbreviation etc. ... except that the etc has no period after it. I read here that you can use [sic] to indicate a punctuation error, but should I bother using it ...
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What is the proper way to cite a title of a poem, written in lowercase, from a book of poetry using MLA?

If the title of the poem were "apple and trees," would it be best to write it as "[A]pple and trees," or is there a preferred method?
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Correcting information in original text

I am publishing historical letters. My research has uncovered some mistakes (e.g. name Jackson instead of Johnson). I'd like to retain the original text, but supply the correct information. I'd like ...
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An over-the-top, gauntlets-thrown, when-is-it-appropriate-to-hyphenate debate [duplicate]

An eye-glazingly, mind-numbingly boring debate is raging on usmessageboard.com over hyphenation. One user posted full-throttle, out-of-the-gate, naked attempt by the press to which another user ...