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Is there a grace period for correction of edits?

Oftentimes, I need to edit my question or answer because of a spelling mistake, a typo, etc. I find it handy how comments can be quickly edited to make up for the small mistake. Wouldn't it be better to have a way to do this for questions and answers too?

The quick edit would not appear in the version history, nor would the answer or question be marked as editted. This would bring several advantages if I am correct, namely:

  • The question will not get bumped
  • Less history data needs to be stored
  • The version history will be more brief if a lot of a "real" edits are also present.

Of course, a limit in changes need to be set, take 16 characters total change for example, so that a relatively long word may be replaced, and add extra rules like no extra paragraph allowed etc.

Edit: It's not only because of the version history (I didn't know about the 5 minutes period), but also for not being taken to another page to edit it when using quick-edit.

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marked as duplicate by animuson, kiamlaluno, Daniel Fischer, Al E., jonsca Jul 27 '12 at 3:24

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There is already a 5 minute grace period for editing that will not bump, store history or show version history for questions and answers. – Oded May 3 '12 at 16:33
You can edit any post within 5 minutes of posting it or making the last edit, without an extra entry in the revision history. – Dennis May 3 '12 at 16:33
There is such thing already -- for a first five minutes your changes are not versioned. – om-nom-nom May 3 '12 at 16:33
@Oded I wasn't only asking it for the version history, but also so that the edit action will not take you to another page. – MDeSchaepmeester May 3 '12 at 16:35
It doesn't. It all happens in javascript. You are staying on the same page. – Oded May 3 '12 at 16:36
@MarioDeSchaepmeester: Editing questions or answers doesn't take me to another page. If I remember correctly, inline editing kicks in once you earn 2000 rep. – Dennis May 3 '12 at 16:36
@Dennis another thing I didn't know. Why the reputation requirement? – MDeSchaepmeester May 3 '12 at 16:37
@Dennis - I didn't know that was a privilege. I wonder why this isn't implemented for everyone. – Oded May 3 '12 at 16:37
@Oded it surprisingly depends. Sometimes it,takes you to /edit – Manishearth May 3 '12 at 16:37
@Oded: I think it's to display the Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed. message and the How to Edit and How to Format quick help. – Dennis May 3 '12 at 16:40
@Dennis - Fair point. Didn't think about edit privileges, though for edits on ones own questions/answers that shouldn't matter. – Oded May 3 '12 at 16:46
Why not make this into an 'allow ajax edit on own posts' feature req? That seems to be the gist of it. – Manishearth May 3 '12 at 16:52
@Oded: New users still need the help boxes. – Dennis May 3 '12 at 16:52
waffles announced that the inline editor only shows up for users with the edit privilege when he announced its rollout. He didn't provide an explanation, but at least it's safe to assume that it's by design and has some rationale behind it. Maybe he could be poked in a comment there. – Pops May 4 '12 at 14:15
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  • You can edit any post within 5 minutes of posting it or making the last edit, without an extra entry in the revision history.

  • Once you get editing privileges (at 2000 rep on SO), you will be able to edit all posts inline (not just your own).

    You can see here how it works.

    I suspect the threshold is needed, since there's no space for the How to Edit and How to Format help boxes when editing inline.

  • Bumping edited posts to the front page is fundamental to prevent vandalism.

    Even with a 16 character limit, you could just make several trivial edits to alter a post's meaning, introduce spam or erase it completely.

    Since an edited post currently gets bumped, chances are that someone will detect the vandalism and rollback the edit.

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I never knew that preventing vandalism was in whole or part of the rational for bumping edited posts to the front page. Do you happen to know if this was discussed elsewhere? – Some Helpful Commenter May 3 '12 at 17:28
@SomeHelpfulCommenter: It's discussed here. – Dennis May 3 '12 at 17:31
It's a little more indirect than that. Bumping edits is done to increase visibility of the change. Deterring vandalism/helping to catch vandals is only one reason for wanting that increased visibility. @SomeHelpfulCommenter – Pops May 4 '12 at 14:12

This is already implemented. When you make a new post or make an edit, you will always be able to make additional edits to that post (without showing them separately in the revision history) until either: a. 5 minutes has passed since the post or edit was made; b. someone else makes an edit to the post.

Additionally, for suggested edits, you can make any changes to the suggested edit up until the point that the edit gets approved (or rejected).

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