I often see very good posts on SO which go unacknowledged because of bad grammar / lack of clarity. Unfortunately, if the errors aren't fixed quickly the posts tend to die. I would like to see some way for suggested edits to be processed more quickly.
One solution would be to allow bypassing of the queue for "established editors" - users having high "edit weight" (by analogy with high "flag weight").
Right now, every edit must be vetted by a user with 2k+ rep. While I agree that a 2k reputation threshold for immediate editing is a good idea, it seems like it may be missing the point slightly: reputation and editing ability may be correlated, but a user with high reputation isn't necessarily qualified to correct grammar, fix formatting, etc, and users with low rep aren't necessarily unqualified.
This is going to be a problem for any privilege, of course, and the art is usually finding the appropriate threshold. In the editing world, however, we have another figure of merit: suggested edits. It seems like a user who's suggested 400 edits with a 98% acceptance rate is more deserving of editing privileges than someone who's asked 15 good questions and answered another 15 particularly well.
What I propose is some kind of short-track to editing privileges for "established editors", and maybe a corresponding badge. The advantages would be:
- continued incentive for users with 1k+ rep to edit
- Less burden on 2k+ users to vet edits
- a potentially cleaner way to discriminate between 'good' and 'bad' editors
- a way of rewarding editors without actually giving them rep (I imagine they get so little now because we don't want anyone to become a trusted user just by editing)
Of course, there are disadvantages to this proposal. The decoupling between privileges and reputation would be completely new to SE, and quantifying users with more than one number may be too complicated. But editing is important: it keeps SO professional, teaches new users how to post, and improves overall quality. It seems worth bending the norm if the result is better editing.