Can we add the option not to bump a message when editing? The idea goal would be not to bump small grammatical, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and formatting changes, that improve the post, but don't substantially change it.
The reasoning for this is that on many of the smaller sites, it becomes annoying when posts are bumped to the front page for corrections that, IMO, greatly improve the quality of the site/community, but don't really change the core of the post in ways that will interest people who may already have seen the post.
I can see two possible methods of implementing this. It might be best to choose just one, or maybe a combination of the two.
Automatically detect "trivial" edits, and don't bump posts that only meet the following criteria:
- Capitalization changes
- punctuation-only or whitespace-only changes
- Fewer than N characters were changed (perhaps 6, since we already use that number as a limit for low-rep edits for similar reasons?)
- Juxtaposition of letters (change 'ect' into 'etc')
Add a Don't bump this post check-box next near the "Save Edits" button, that could be checked if the editor feels his edits are trivial enough not to warrant a "bump".
This might be abused by people trying to "sneak their edits in," so it should probably only be available to users of sufficiently high reputation, and/or require review, even when the editor does have high reputation.