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I've seen a large increase in the number of edit suggestions from question askers (especially low-rep question askers) that are really intended to be comments on an answer, rather than an edit. In some cases the comments are extended, include additional information, and would best be edits to the original question.

I suggest that a hint be provided to low-rep question owners if they go to edit an answer, something to the effect of

Are you commenting on this answer? If so, please use the comments feature. If this answer partially helps you but you need to provide additional information, please update your question to include this additional information and leave a comment on this answer to indicate your updates.

These are some recent examples:

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Don't forget that very low rep users can't comment on questions/answers (other than their own). I guess suggested edits are a way to bypass that restriction. – Benjol Mar 8 '11 at 7:53
@Benjol: they can comment on answers to their own questions, however, and this is where the problem is cropping up (that they're not using comments, and instead using edits). The issue is compounded in that we can't provide any feedback when we reject the edit, so the behavior isn't getting discouraged. – Mark Elliot Mar 9 '11 at 3:36
vote this up:… – Benjol Mar 9 '11 at 5:37
up vote 7 down vote accepted

We are now disallowing answer edits in this specific situation:

  1. You are a new, VERY low rep user

  2. You own the question

  3. You are attempting to edit an answer to your question

Bear in mind that comment boxes are pre-expanded for new users on their own questions (and users with even 1 rep can comment on their own questions and any answers to their questions), so these users are going far out of their way to do the wrong thing.

Now blocked, though.

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Perfect, I think that should reduce some unwanted noise. – Mark Elliot Mar 10 '11 at 5:30
Nice. Thanks Jeff again. – jcolebrand Mar 10 '11 at 5:31

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