I strongly believe that in many cases a good edit provides more lasting value to SE than a good answer to a mediocre question. A good question will bring good answers that will be more useful to people in the future by making it easier to find, more general in the answers it gets, and more attention from the community.
Unfortunately, edits currently cannot be rewarded directly.
In this feature request for allowing bounties to be awarded to editors, the sole answer is a suggestion to award a bounty to one of the answers the editor made.
The Bounty FAQ doesn't give any guidance on whether this is acceptable within the bounds of the bounty system.
- Can I feel free to award bounties to good answers for heroic edits to a separate question?
- Will this either provide poor signalling (by indirectly rewarding behavior with no indication of what the reward was for?), or otherwise harm the site in another way?
- If I did offer a bounty and explained in a comment that it was for an edit to a separate question, would this clutter things up even more and confuse the issue?
This is somewhat discussed in these separate questions:
- How can I acknowledge, thank, or otherwise approve of an edit?
- There should be a way to thanks the editors of posts
- Let me reward a good edit on my question/answer
- Etiquette for thanking an editor
(Bear in mind, none of them answer this question, and are only tangentially related -- please don't close as a duplicate)