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As I understand, a suggested edit is not your normal edit that a 2k+ member would do. As it says,

suggested edits should be substantive improvements addressing multiple issues in the post.

and that's why we can reject them as "too minor" in the first place, but what actually defines a good suggested edit?

When answering the questions myself, I will often edit the question even for minor things like removing a signature, or fixing a single grammar/formatting error. I do believe though, that if it was a suggested edit, I would reject it as "too minor", hence sometimes when reviewing I'm not really sure if I should approve a given edit or not.

Any suggestions, apart from using common sense?

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For me that decision often comes down to the question "What's left?".

If someone suggests an edit which has a couple of things fixed, or a tag introduced, but leaves a serious amount of other problems in place, I might reject the suggestion as "too minor". Or when I have the time, I go in and improve the post myself, unselecting the "helpful" checkbox.

As I've said more often: When suggesting edits, or editing a post, edit all you can. Not just that one little thing you noticed. So if your edit consists of a removal of "Thanks" but leaves no other issues in place, the edit might be minor, but is not too minor.

And sometimes there is the case where a tag is added which really adds nothing to the question itself. A meta-tag for example. Or where a "correction" is made while the original really had no problem to begin with. In such cases I might also say that the edit is "too minor", since it doesn't really fix anything and is of doubtful value.

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+1 for "what's left", I haven't thought of it in this way, though if I see a field for further improvement, I always try to improve the edit. –  SingerOfTheFall Aug 27 '12 at 13:29
    
Do you read "helpful" as helpful to the site, or to yourself? If the edit is not wrong and I improve it, I tend to leave the "helpful" checkbox checked. –  bfavaretto Aug 27 '12 at 14:25
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@bfavaretto Helpful to the site. I don't often unselect it. But if an edit fixes one minor thing and I have to spend significantly more time than I estimate the other editor has to improve his edit, I will unselect it. Not because the edit was wrong, but because the editor does IMO not deserve the +2 rep for a lousy edit. But as I said, these are rare occurrences and I only apply that to the most severe cases. –  Bart Aug 27 '12 at 14:29

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