Why does a formatting edit on an answer that has no upvotes and not an accepted answer push the question to the front page? Is it simply to provide the opportunity for others to upvote an old answer?
How often does someone really read passed the first few answers, especially when the upvote distribution is so lop-sided?
My understanding of the front page is that new questions, questions with a lot of activity, and questions with no answers or accepted answers receive attention.
I felt a need to edit this question to clarify subject matter and properly ask a question. Naturally, it should be bumped to the front page; there are no answers and this is a major edit to improve content.
Based on comments: I could not agree more with the importance of being able to edit questions and answers. And, under most circumstances, I agree with the process of bumping those questions to the front page. The case I am presenting is probably rare and I just so happened to notice. Maybe there should be some additional guidelines to determine whether a question get bumped:
- Does the question have an accepted answer?
- Does the accepted answer have greater than X upvotes?
- Is the question greater than X days old?
The discussion is not just about the importance and effect of editing questions and answers. It seems like a lot of comments are only focusing on that aspect. So I'm trying to clarify the exact subject of this post.
Should there be some additional rules governing the bumping of questions to the front page?