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A lot of times as I read through questions, I see that someone else has edited it.

This being a pseudo-wiki, maybe the system should "force" a user to comment on why said question was edited?

I don't like the idea of forcing, but I also would like to see why the main part of the question was edited.

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But if you keep boiling it, you ruin all the taste. – random Dec 24 '09 at 7:36
no. this is a bad idea - besides, the edit history contains all, well, historical entries of edits – warren Dec 24 '09 at 13:35

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Is that ok? Forcing people to write an explanation for their action usually backfires. The system, as it is now, is more than ok. If it really needs explaining, a lot of people will voluntarily fill in the edit summary field.

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I usually fill in the edit summary if I'm editing other people's posts, but sometimes not if it's really obvious (like correcting a typo). – Greg Hewgill Dec 24 '09 at 10:30
Usually I enter a typo when filling in the edit summary, only to notice it as I click the submit button. :-( – tvanfosson Dec 24 '09 at 15:15

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