I've been reminded several times that a question on a SE site should be able to help future visitors. Indeed, it's very common for a question to be closed for being too specific.
At the same time, we all know that duplicate questions are of the devil, and should be closed immediately.
Both of these lend themselves to the notion that an answerer should maintain their answers: They should be applicable to as many people as possible, and prevent the need for the question being asked again.
This works great for me, as I'm the type of person who returns to his old questions to tweak and improve them as I learn more. I enjoy having that control, and crafting my answers -- and it's not uncommon for me to tweak minor things like layout and wording.
Unfortunately, I've recently discovered that my passive tweaking bumps the entire question to the top of the active questions list. I've been told that this is done to help the community flag spam, but it also works against the site, because old questions are unnecessarily placed in the active questions list. And I've even found myself being scolded by certain community members for "deliberately bumping posts".
Isn't there a better system that would encourage the maintenance of answers, or at least not discourage it?
Proposal: Could there be a "minor edit" button like Wikipedia has? These minor edits could then be run by admin to ensure they're not spam, but they wouldn't get bumped to the top of the Active Posts list.
Second Proposal: So far the only solution offered here is, "don't edit that way then". That's not very helpful to the site or the community, as you can't expect every user to read this post. A better solution would be to not bump posts if only formatting has changed.
That way there's no danger of spam getting through, it won't annoy users who feel such changes aren't substantial, and most importantly of all; it will free up developer time from those who feel the need to report on such "bumps".