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Legitimate edits of less than 6 characters

There should be a way to do small edits in special cases. Could not edit a users answer to correct a bad hyperlink because the proposed edit did not meet the 6 character change minimum.

See the hyperlink in user Erick Fernandes answer to this question. The hyperlink contains an unintentional period (.) character at the end of it which breaks the link.

  • The reason for the minimum for <2K users is that there is a cost associated with suggested edits, specifically the reviewers' time. There is no such minimum on users with >2K rep since those edits don't need reviewed. If less than 6 char edits were allowed, there for be far too many useless edits than justifiable small edits like this. Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 13:38
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    Wow, that user is a real minefield of one-line-can-you-search-something-for-me-questions... Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 13:46
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    @SulfurizedDemonbobby do you mean it's time, to quote Pekka, for the "Friday Afternoon Off-Topic Question Massacre" - 10k only, i.e. not me :-(. Shouldn't be done with a single user but someone should pick a topic soon, NLP? Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 13:52
  • @benisuǝqbackwards: Well, yes, that would make me happy. Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 13:58

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The answer is:

I've developed a small library to be used directly on browser. You can download it from [here][1]

[1]: http://www.erickfernandes.com/post/2012/04/17/natjs-Javascript-Library-for-NLP.aspx.

You can re-write this as:

I've developed a small library to be used directly on a browser. You can download it from [here](http://www.erickfernandes.com/post/2012/04/17/natjs-Javascript-> Library-for-NLP.aspx).

Changes made (excluding whitespace):

  1. "directly on browser" to "directly on a browser" - 1 character
  2. Remove [1]: - 4 characters
  3. Add 2 parenthesis - 2 characters
  4. I think adding a correct full-stop after "here" will count as an edit as well.

I've changed 7-8 characters in total whilst making the answer more grammatically correct.

There's no need to change the limit.

I've also edited the actual answer, not that it's a very good...

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    But some people don't have so much time to spend fiddling around on stackexchange, and might just spot a broken link and want to fix it. I genuinely believe fixing dead links should be as easy as clicking edit and sticking the new link in
    – rgvcorley
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 15:08

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