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Could we have the ability to mark a change as minor in questions or answers?

Often I've been tempted to make minor adjustments to posts, such as minor spelling or grammar changes. I've not changed them because of the no-minor-edits rule. I don't think they're worth gaining any rep, but they're easy to fix once I've noticed them.

On a wiki I use, there is a "minor edit" check box next to the submit button for an edit. If you check it, no emails are sent to those watching the page.

I propose a "minor edit" check box next to the "Save Edits" button. The system would check that the edit is small, and no points would be awarded. Minor edits would not move the question to the front page.

Benefit: cleaner, clearer posts.

The only disadvantage I can think of is that this would cause more work for reviewers. On the other hand, it would be easier to review edits that were marked as minor by the author. As a side proposal, you might allow unreviewed minor edits at say 1000 or 1500 rep.

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@blahdiblah I missed that :(. It is identical, except that I'm saying that rep is not offered for minor changes. –  walrii Sep 29 '12 at 0:28
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If you can come up with a system for minor edits that addresses the various objections/problems brought up in those posts then I'm sure that people would be happy to consider it. The basic goal of making it easier to make posts better, even if only a bit, is certainly a good one. –  blahdiblah Sep 29 '12 at 0:31
    
I am selling [Product XYZ], and I claim that it is the most awesome thing since the invenetion of the computer. Are yous saying I should be allowed to edit any post saying "[Product XYZ] is the solution!" amd not let anyone notice the edit? Great! Anyone who finds this question on Google will buy my software! –  Jim Sep 29 '12 at 1:26
    
@jim I did not advocate no notices, nor no reviews. And I would expect the system to reject as not-minor a 20 character change. –  walrii Sep 29 '12 at 4:28
    
This is the kind of edits we are afraid of. stackoverflow.com/review-beta/suggested-edits/687660 Some "minor edits" are minor just beause they don't fix the other problems in the post. –  Bo Persson Sep 29 '12 at 8:52

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Historically, this feature's been rejected because we don't want minor edits.

If you're in there changing things, fix everything.

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maybe Some Capitalization and speling is the only thing wrong with the post. –  0x7fffffff Sep 29 '12 at 0:24
    
I agree with this, and I would do that. I suppose I'm talking about posts where only a minor change is needed. –  walrii Sep 29 '12 at 0:25
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@NSPostWhenIdle and walrii, if your edit is the one bringing the post to the state of sublime perfection, then it's probably fine to consider that a significant edit. –  blahdiblah Sep 29 '12 at 0:27

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