What is the official position on pedantic edits?
Should we ...
- perform them when we have the opportunity?
- approve them when we review them?
- reject them because we don't want (to review) pedantic edits?
Ever since I got a high enough reputation on Linux&Unix SE I keep getting these edits to review. Now, as it happens, this is very similar to what I frequently do at my job, hence I think I'm quite efficient. However, there are many edits, especially minor spelling and grammar issues, that have started to bore me out, because I don't feel they really add to the question/answer, as the original mistake wasn't so bad that it mattered. This got me started into: "When should I accept/reject an edit?"
I came across those:
- Help centre on editing
- Multiple edits to correct capitalisation
- Some users gaming the edit system by searching for misspelled words
- What are the best ways to find answers that should be flagged or edited?
Having read and considered, I don't see a general rule or stated intention. The term
pedantic edit creeps up every now and then, but I can't tell if pedantic edits are good, bad or just something people do.
While I edit my own posts a lot to correct each and every mistake I notice, I care less for the posts of others. When reviewing, I just accepted all minor edits if I feel they correct mistakes. But is that actually what we want?
If I have to summarise all my concerns into one question: do we approve of pedantic edits?
Of course it is always up to each individual to perform edits, but given a correct edit is made, is it ok to accept it or do we want to accept only major edits?
The linked questions display different views. The help centre seems to allow edits of arbitrary pedantry.
How does the privileges management work in this area? Once I have the reputation to review edits, do my edits still need approval? I could see that as an implicit pedantry privilege that has to be earned, and therefore reject pedantic edits.
I very much like the argument that spelling and grammar mistakes, especially on the landing page, make the site look bad. Appearance can be a reasonable guide when deciding whether or not to accept/perform a pedantic edit. I regard correcting a spelling mistake in the headline more important than at the end of a oen page post. ;-)