There should be such message to user who try to submit suggested edit changing less than 6 characters:

This edit is less than 6 characters; surely more can be improved with your edit?

However this suggested edit changed "Dynamics" to "Dynamic" and passed through, although it's one single letter.

The bug appears to be in the code comparing the old post to new post: for some reason, the whole word (which is 8 characters) was counted.

Can this be rectified somehow? Those edits are very likely to be too minor.

  • This isn't a bug, it's status-bydesign, to my understanding. It's simply how the diff tool that they use operates. It's been brought up plenty of times in the past.
    – Servy
    May 9, 2013 at 14:45
  • @Servy you mean changing one letter in a word counts the whole word? Didn't find any tag for the diff tool so couldn't really search for similar reports.. May 9, 2013 at 14:46
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    Yes, that's how the diff tool has worked for a very long time, and it's important that it work on whole words rather than partial words.
    – Servy
    May 9, 2013 at 14:47
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    Not only was that edit too minor, but it was incorrect. Dynamics CRM WCF is the name of the service as far as I can tell.
    – Ren
    May 9, 2013 at 14:58
  • @Servy can you please point me to other post bringing this up? Would gladly close as dupe. May 9, 2013 at 17:45
  • @ShaWizDowArd The most-related post I can find is this. I remember seeing something more-related, even if it wasn't an exact dupe, but that was a long time ago, so I don't remember enough keywords to find it.
    – Servy
    May 9, 2013 at 17:56
  • Another case which may or may not related: french.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/2932 Dec 21, 2013 at 22:44
  • @Gilles yep, looks like when changing a word, the whole word is counted. Dec 21, 2013 at 23:18
  • Here's a recent edit which did nothing but remove a comma
    – bobble
    Feb 1, 2022 at 2:16
  • @bobble yeah, and the word next to the comma is six letters, so since it's counted as part of the change, it passed through. Feb 1, 2022 at 7:11


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