I usually see some poorly formatted questions which other users are happy to edit and improve. This is a good thing. However these editors sometimes only address very small portions of the post.
The downside is, if I start to edit the post to address all of these major issues, I constantly get interrupted by a "someone else edited the post", forcing me to reload and lose my edits, only because they removed one tag or changed one word or boxed one word with
I have also noticed that when a post has been edited more than 5 times (IIRC) it gets owned by community due to substantial edits, meaning the original OP (I guess) loses further upvotes.
When you don't have enough reputation you can suggest edits. However, you do have the requirement to suggest substantial improvements. There's even a reject choice for "too minor of an edit".
One thing I have started with is suggesting for the original poster if I see some seriously minor edit (for instance spelling error) which if the user is fast enough they can edit without the editing history being modified. Sometimes it's frowned upon ("stop picking on users and change it yourself!") and sometimes it's followed by a thanks.
And sometimes others pick up on this and edit other users posts anyway, defeating my whole intention.
I'm getting weary of trying to edit posts..
- Why is it that this "too minor" requirement isn't enforced on users who are able to edit?
- Would it be possible to change the "5 edit = community" to something like "5 substantial edits = community" (that would encourage me to just fix these minor errors)
- Could code blocks be automatically indented?
- Is it me that is thinking about this incorrectly? Is it OK to edit one minor thing, when there are visibly other issues with the post?