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Remove trivial edit restriction

Basically, in this answer, I made a spelling mistake.

The user was good enough to spot it and even tried to edit but couldn't.

As they will require approval anyway, is there a need to have a minimum length/changes?

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marked as duplicate by waiwai933, Michael Mrozek, ChrisF, Shog9, William Hilsum Mar 13 '11 at 0:47

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As they will require approval anyway, is there a need to have a minimum length/changes?

This is exactly the reason for the length requirement; the theory is having no requirement will lead to sites getting flooded with single-character changes, which then need a second (and possibly third) person to review, all for a single character. I'm not convinced that would actually happen, but that's the reason for the length restriction

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It already happens... I mean, edits that don't go far enough. I suppose it's not guaranteed that allowing shorter edits would increase the quantity of these, but it does give us a good opportunity to get on our soapboxes and push for more editing... – Shog9 Mar 13 '11 at 0:48
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@Shog9 Lots of current edits suck, but I don't think that has anything to do with the limit – Michael Mrozek Mar 13 '11 at 1:02
    
(1) why would a "flood" of edits or improvements be a bad thing? Someone who made a spelling mistake / mistake in their code will have to face it and review it, doesn't that seem fair? (2) As @MichaelMrozek notes, why is it assumed that there's a link between bad edits and length? (Especially in the case of code or spelling on short questions?) (3) I have around 500 rep on over 30 SE websites, and come across mistakes extremely often. As a professional proofreader, I find ridiculous not to be able to edit them... but crucial to do so, given the nb of foreign users on SE – fabrice d May 8 at 21:50

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