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Why do reviewer block improvements of tag wikis, which just fix spelling and broken links? Is it more important to have larger edits than better content? And why is there no flag option to report such cases?


If the reason is that some reviewers are bored accepting smaller fixes, what could be done to ensure that improvements are not stopped by the moods of these community members?

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marked as duplicate by Martijn Pieters, Aziz Shaikh, Azik, hims056, Hugo Dozois Nov 4 '13 at 14:28

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for what it's worth, I would have approved. It's NOT minor, probably people didn't notice you changed links - fixing even one dead link with working link is enough IMO. Tag wikis tend to be more "sensitive", so those who review such suggestions are generally more "trigger happy" with rejecting. That said, there's no "abuse" here and no need to flag anything. Just try again. – Shadow Wizard Nov 4 '13 at 9:30
It was on the cusp of being approved so clearly a decent number of people thought it was worth approving – Richard Tingle Nov 4 '13 at 9:41
Reviewers should notice changed links announced in the change comment. – BHF Nov 4 '13 at 13:37
Regarding "notice changed links", it's already a very popular request. Regarding your edit, "what could be done to ensure that improvements are not stopped by the moods of these community members?" - nothing, we can't and we won't change human nature and free will decisions. – Shadow Wizard Nov 4 '13 at 15:05
One workaround, if you spot something that needs to be fixed but is "too minor" and you don't have enough rep, is to head to the site's general chat (or's chat) and ask if somebody will change it. If you suggestion makes sense usually there's somebody around with enough rep who will do it (or who will eventually read the request and do it). – Jason C Jul 19 '14 at 10:54

Minor edits cause more work than they get done. It has to be reviewed by multiple people.

We want editors to learn that. That is why minor suggested edits get rejected. Not because the edit is bad in general but because such minor edits should be done by users having enough rep without going to the review system.

Besides that specific tag is a good example what tags are not. We want a short description of the topic in a tag description and not a tutorial.

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Well, spotting and correcting errors as posted above needs more time than 3 positive reviews of such edits. Therefore, I don't really understand your argument. – BHF Nov 4 '13 at 9:18
Is it necessary to occupy 3 reviewers for the content you changed? Was the edit that important? If not, don't suggest an edit. – juergen d Nov 4 '13 at 9:23
Is reviewer's time more valuable as the time of other users? – BHF Nov 4 '13 at 9:24
@BHF 3 people's time is, that said I'm not sure I agree your edit was too minor (possibly on a bad tag wiki but thats secondary); theres nothing obvious that you missed – Richard Tingle Nov 4 '13 at 9:30
And BTW we want reviewers not just scan an edit for a few seconds and click approved. – juergen d Nov 4 '13 at 9:31
But why does not state, please do not fix links, spelling and grammar if you don't have 2000 rep? – BHF Nov 4 '13 at 9:33
@BHF it is present on the edit suggestion page itself: "Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed. We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary." – Jan Dvorak Nov 4 '13 at 9:52
Which doesn't change the fact that this answer missed that there was a link fix happening as well – Jan Dvorak Nov 4 '13 at 9:55
If I edit a tag wiki the info is just "You do not yet have tag wiki edit privileges. Your edit will be placed in a queue until it is peer reviewed." The "We welcome all..." part does not appear. – BHF Nov 4 '13 at 10:21
Dead links should stay around if the person who finds them doesn't have 2k rep to be able to edit a post without needed int reviewed? – Joe W Nov 4 '13 at 13:49

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