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Related, but subtly different, proposals (they were created before the edit for the masses change):

StackOverflow guidelines encourage users to correct typo, and I often do. However a new feature has now sprang up, which allow users who do not have sufficient reputation to edit on their own to propose an edit and have it reviewed. In order not to be spammy about (I guess) there is also a restriction: they must at least edit 6 characters in the post.

This, however, prevent the correction of simple typography/spelling errors by those same low-reputation users (which I am on other stack exchange sites)... and the simple way to get around this is to pad the questions with whitespaces.

Now, this work-around is fair and all... but really unsatisfaying: if the goal of the 6 characters limit is to prevent minor editions, then it fails utterly because of this "whitespace" bug.

My proposal is therefore:

Creating a new treshold for minor-edits of posts

The current edit treshold is at 2000 points; minor edits (those under that 6 characters count) could be allowed from as low as 500 points.

  • This would reduce the "noise" in the edits to approve.
  • This would remove this annoying "warning" for users who only wish to improve things

Of course the user whose post has been edited should be notified as for a "regular" edit (unless it's community wiki ?)

I have no strong opinion as to bumping those minorly edited posts.

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In regards to your last sentence:

I have no strong opinion as to bumping those minorly edited posts.

I do, and it is don't bump those minorly edited posts.

There are a few other meta-discussions about users who go around suggesting numerous tiny spelling-corrections. The usual response is that we shouldn't approve such edits. I don't think anybody would have a problem with those little edits though if they didn't bump the post and gave no rep.

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