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Here is an edit I made today, to correct a misspelled library enum in an answer. Since the edit was only one character, I also had to add a superfluous sentence to get over the character limit required to edit a post.

I've hit this problem before in other edits, always in code snippets. Since the edit limit exists to prevent trivial edits, and since there are many cases where one character code edits are not trivial (= to == etc), would it make sense to have a lower edit minimum inside code snippets?

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By changing = to ==, you could be answering "what is wrong with this code?" –  Mahnax Dec 19 '11 at 6:04
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I meant in edits to an answer - where it's clear from the words of the answer that they've mistyped something in the supplied code. –  Timothy Jones Dec 19 '11 at 6:06
    
Just nitpicking, don't mind me. –  Mahnax Dec 19 '11 at 6:06
    
I agree that it's a bad idea to edit a question to fix obvious typos ;) –  Timothy Jones Dec 19 '11 at 6:06
    
Users with full edit privileges don't have this limitation. You have to realize that as a user with less than 2,000 reputation, you're getting 2 reputation for your edit. Is removing a letter from a post really worthy of 2 reputation? - Related Question –  animuson Dec 19 '11 at 6:11
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voted up ) I am not so frequent at SO to gain 2000 rep. quickly )) –  ジョージ May 15 '12 at 1:28
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@animuson: No, so the solution is "Small edits don't get reputation". Not "Small edits are completely banned." –  endolith Nov 21 '12 at 17:40
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When you get full editing rights you can perform smallish edits. Till then we strongly want to discourage one letter edits, in general if a letter needs some moving around (even in code) there is usually something else that needs fixing.

Like a lower case instead that is starting a sentence (for instance).

In this case I believe the rule that ensures edits are substantive protects our suggested edit queue from a slew of tiny micro-edits that do not go far enough.

There may be an exception where all that is neded is a one letter fix. However it is a huge exception, not a rule.

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You should certainly encourage more substantial edits, but not require them. Completely banning people from fixing answers because the fix happens to be small is insane. –  endolith Nov 21 '12 at 17:41
    
> "fixed a critical error in code. Also, reworded the title to meet the 6-character limit" –  Jan Dvorak Jun 27 '13 at 6:28
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The best way would be to explain the error in a comment. It could be effected in the next edit along with other corrections.

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I disagree. The answer/question will still popup in the list of new posts, but it is more communication involved. –  user unknown Mar 2 '12 at 5:36
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