A question yesterday by a new user was shot to absolute pieces. I reviewed it this morning as it had some "flags" against it...
I was actually embarrassed at how the community treated this question (in particular a good number of pretty offensive comments that I have now deleted). I re-opened it (it had been killed as spam) - but the chances are that is another potential user lost through hostility.
Here's the original:
im doing a sample in .net remoting.i want to knw is it possible to exchange data betn a computer in mi network to a computer in another network.
OK; the English isn't great; and unfamiliarity with the markdown formatting is to be expected - but it took me about 30 seconds to fix this:
I'm doing a sample in .NET remoting. I want to know is it possible to exchange data between a computer in my network to a computer in another network?
What I don't get is why the community members involved didn't just fix the question, which is otherwise "sound".
Is there anything we can do to encourage positive edits (on questions in particular, but answers too, I suppose)? Something like S+W, but more... perhaps the ability to upvote an edit, with badge(s) to match. In addition to encouraging positive edits, this also provides a route to reward the number of "editor" types on the site. I know it occasionally gets heated (edit-wars etc), but in general their efforts are purely constructive and greatly appreciated.
Additional: "edit" votes should contribute towards rep; after all, rep is defined as a measure of a member's involvement and trust on the site. If somebody is making lots of very good edits, then they are a: involved, and b: just as trustworthy as somebody posting good answers. You'd probably need the reverse too, though - downvote edits.
(I don't necessarily expect the newbies/OP etc to use the edit voting; I would expect that to be the rest of the community)