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Today I encountered an interesting situation. I tend to write with a lot of typos and sometimes use awkward phrasing, which I later edit.

After rewriting an older answer (too bring it up-to-date with my current understanding of subject), I made a lot of mistakes. This resulted in at least 5 different subsequent edits, and triggered "community wiki" mode.

So this is the question-like suggestion, that I got ..

Shouldn't there be a separation between "large edit" and "fixing typos", based on percentage of content, that was changed?

This way, the fixing "a" to "as" would not count as a full edit, and would avoid triggering wiki-mode prematurely.

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CW should not occur before 10 edits by the original author; see "How does a post become a Community Wiki post?" in What are “Community Wiki” posts?. –  Arjan Jun 9 '12 at 13:26
    
@Arjan , the 5 mentioned edits where fixing typos, bringing the total to/over 10. –  teresko Jun 9 '12 at 14:28
    
    
'a to as' would also need to not bump the post to the front page. I like having measures to keep people from editing just to bump answers so they get more visibility, but fixing an "its" -> "it's" mixup landed a few of mine in the same boat. It's easy to trigger when the OP changes the question a few times, or just doesn't understand your example (or other reasons where you make a lot of non trivial edits as well). –  Tim Post Jun 9 '12 at 15:57
    
@TimPost , if OP makes major changes to the question, it should be marked for a Review. Such behavior would be quite bad for SO, as it generates answers, which make no sense in context of "current" question. I feel like ability to distinguish between minor and major edits could have a lot of positive use-cases. And ability to stop people from gaming system for "bumps" would be a nice addition. –  teresko Jun 9 '12 at 16:20

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I tend to do a lot of typo and semantic corrections, too, since I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Luckily, there's a five-minute grace period for edits.

If your post goes over 10, you should probably ask a moderator to unwikify it. I'm not sure if you can delete your own question once it becomes a wiki, but if you can, that may be an option for you, too.

Meanwhile, you may also want to consider writing your questions/answers off-line, and giving yourself a cooling-off period before pasting it into SO. I do that myself when I have a really long or complex post, and find that it cuts down on the revisions a lot.

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The best thing to do here (even if a change was implemented) is proofread more carefully prior to posting. I fully agree. –  Tim Post Jun 9 '12 at 16:00
    
And what if you write you answer late in the evening, post it , an in the morning decide the re-check it ? It would be useful to have ability to create linkable Draft versions. You could even drop it in chat and ask some people with more clue to check it out. Though creating draft system would be a quite large addition to the SO infrastructure .. and, I fear, quite abusable. –  teresko Jun 9 '12 at 16:18
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I guess the bottom line is simple: don't improve your answers. You get punished for it. Post in time for the OP to see it, make it high quality or earn actual rep for it. Pick any two... –  jalf Jul 6 '12 at 23:37

I only encountered that on answers I really spent the love. E.g. coming back after some time and so on. And community-wiki does not always apply then.

What you can do in these cases is flag your own answer and ask a moderator to restore to non-community-wiki. This normally works without any problems.

I don't think such things can be reasonable managed automatically or let's say: they don't need to IMHO.

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