I recently came across an answer by BalusC which contained a link to a specification that has since been moved. When attempting to edit the link, a change which involved the subtraction of only 4 characters, I ran up against the 6 character minimum requirement.
Ordinarily this would not be an issue. A less experienced poster would likely have other things within the answer that could be changed (How to overcome “Edits must be at least 6 characters”?). In fact, this seems to be the answer on every meta post relating to this topic (Can't fix link in answer because it needs minimum chars to edit, We're discouraged from fixing typos and misspellings on SE sites?, etc...).
The problem here, since I don't have 2k reputation, is that BalusC writes excellent answers... with the reputation to back them up. I don't feel there is anything in the post (besides the link) that would benefit from me editing.
What is the standard practice here?
- Flag the post and explain my situation in the notes (for someone with higher reputation)?
- Comment on the post and hope that a) visitors read the comments or b) the OP gets notified and updates their post?
- Make edits, for the sole purpose of increasing characters, providing no benefit and possibly hurting the quality of the post?
For reference, the EL Specification in the post should be changed to https://jsp.java.net/spec/jsp-2_1-fr-spec-el.pdf, if someone wants to go ahead and take care of this.