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I have recently noticed several cases where people edited posts (not mine), by changing some minor 1-2 character spelling issues.

While this in and of itself is probably a good thing (it's well-known that poor wording and spelling errors make stuff much harder to read/comprehend), it is probably at least partially driven by the race for the "Strunk & White" badge. It also strongly points to the editor having OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) since they notice the little errors to fix :)

So, I propose a semi-serious "John Emil List" badge (named after a criminal who famously had OCD that contributed to him evading the law for a pretty long while).

The badge would be awarded for extremely high proportion of the edits that amounted to less than 3 character differences, say 50%+ of your edits, for people who have 50+ edits.

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Awaiting for someone to notice that I had a parenthesis unclosed and edit to fix that in 1, 2, 3... – DVK Mar 22 '10 at 16:55
@Downvoter That was MY edit. MINE! ..... Jerk.. :P – Tyler Carter Mar 22 '10 at 16:56
@dvk, The love character? – juanformoso Mar 22 '10 at 16:57
@Chacha, Well I'm gonna to go then. And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything except this. imdb.com/title/tt0079367/quotes – perbert Mar 22 '10 at 16:58
I have a feeling that this is targeted, at least in part, at me. I already have my S&W badge, thankyouverymuch, but the OCD call is likely on target. Really, those mistakes (it's vs. its, especially) just jump out at me like big blinding red lights. – Michael Petrotta Mar 22 '10 at 16:59
This revision history just keeps getting funnier and funnier – juanformoso Mar 22 '10 at 17:00
Not planning to knock over any banks anytime soon, though. – Michael Petrotta Mar 22 '10 at 17:01
I thought it was for SO users who had been arrested for soliciting. – tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 17:04
@Michael Petrotta - it was not your edits that inspired the idea, sorry... – DVK Mar 22 '10 at 17:04
I don't think lots of micro-edits is something that we should be encouraging. – Zoredache Mar 22 '10 at 17:07
turning CW in ... three, two, one... – quack quixote Mar 22 '10 at 17:09
@DVK: "<3" == ♡. "less than three" == "< 3" – perbert Mar 22 '10 at 17:09
I disagree with the idea; tongue in cheek or not, badges should be positive. – Randolpho Mar 22 '10 at 17:23
If we gave a badge to everyone who had OCD, everyone here would get one. – Ether Mar 22 '10 at 17:26
You people keep talking about OCD when you know it really should be CDO. The letters need to be alphabetical. :-p – tvanfosson Mar 22 '10 at 17:35

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AKA: The quotes answer. – Tyler Carter Mar 22 '10 at 17:16
Lol, 9 reviews :D – nicael Jul 11 '14 at 5:59


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As I noted in the question, I personally view such edits as a net positive and thus worthy of boosting with a badge. – DVK Mar 22 '10 at 17:20
I don't think everyone sees it that way. Badges should be clearly positive. – mafu Mar 22 '10 at 17:22
Then those who don't see it that way should explicitly explain WHY such edits are not positive. I actually substantiated my point of view with a proper explanation :) – DVK Mar 22 '10 at 17:23
@DVK, naming a badge after an OCD criminal doesn't really make it sound very positive to me. – Zoredache Mar 22 '10 at 17:24
@Zoredache - I am perfectly happy if someone comes up with a better pithy name for the badge. I never claimed the name was good. What's in question is the idea of that badge. – DVK Mar 22 '10 at 18:59
I still believe that many would be offended, and it does not matter if they are justly offended or not - they're going to be angry. Nobody wants SO visitors to be angry. – mafu Mar 24 '10 at 20:31

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