So sometimes I edit new people's posts just to fix up dodgy formatting. I consider such edits useful because they tend to greatly improve the readability of any code included. Very often when I choose to save such edits I get a message saying that I haven't changed enough non-whitespace characters.
I was wondering if the edit validation procedure can be changed slightly... something like:
if not_enough_non_whitespace_changes(): if performed_code_formatting(): return PASS return FAIL
EDIT due to comments
Thanks for the comments. My problem is that whitespace edits are impossible. They don't get as far as being reviewed. These types of edits are, I believe, commonly completely obvious to anyone who has ever formatted their own code. they are also completely non-trivial.
Surely it makes sense to at least let these edits through to review? I mean for everyone that has the right to edit at all. If these types of edits are not as obvious as I think they are and they actually need someone with 2000 rep to reliably fix them them then can someone please explain why?
The official way to perform such edits is to do a bunch of trivial edits at the same time. This doesn't make sense to me.