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Is it possible for moderators to request changing of the minimum character limit for suggested edits for a particular site? Or is it at least possible to lower the rep required for edits?

I am asking this in connection with discussions on sites supporting MathJax/TeX, as changing one character in TeX can often affect a large portion of a post (e.g. unpaired { }, forgotten $, etc.).

EDIT: Just in case this issue comes up again in the future, I should perhaps clarify that this post was not intended as . (Which is why it is not tagged as such.) If was merely an inquiry whether changes like this are currently possible or not.

  • You actually have a very good point, which would be better served on Meta.TeX.SE as a feature request. – Aza Aug 7 '13 at 5:33
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    @Emrakul AFAIK TeX.SE does not have MathJax support. Tag-wiki for MathJax lists the pages with Mathjax support, although the info might be not entirely up to date. – Martin Aug 7 '13 at 5:39
  • Er, sorry. Meant to say Math meta – Aza Aug 7 '13 at 5:41
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    Even though the question was motivated by problems with MathJax edits (which have been already discussed on two different per-site metas), I think the questions whether SE network is able/willing to change some settings per-site is more on topic here. – Martin Aug 7 '13 at 5:51
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    This is true. It reminds me of an IRC saying, though: "Don't ask to ask, just ask!" in that you may have more progress just asking for the limit to be changed. – Aza Aug 7 '13 at 5:54
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I don't think the threshold needs to depend on the site. Rather, the issue here is that mathematics packs a lot of meaning in a single character. Therefore, I propose to amend the feature request to allowing any edit that affects MathJax portions of a post. That would only have effect on sites that have MathJax, but it would be a feature of the MathJax code rather than a per-site configuration.

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I am asking this in connection with discussions on sites supporting MathJax/TeX, as changing one character in TeX can often affect a large portion of a post (e.g. unpaired { }, forgotten $, etc.).

And on sites with code blocks (e.g. Stack Overflow, Programmers, Code Golf, etc.), an incorrectly placed or omitted backtick can break formatting. So can four spaces missing in front of a line.

And on sites with hyperlinks (e.g. all of them), one or two invalid characters can break an entire link.

And on and on. There are occasions where changing 6 or fewer characters is a valid edit and can make a substantial improvement to a post.

But changing the rules so that people can freely submit edits of only one or two characters that are almost trivial by definition is a bad idea. Even if it only applies to a particular site, it is still a global setting that applies to all edits submitted on that site.

I don't really see this as a problem. Fix the problems you see. Even if the main problem is a minor fix that comes in under six characters, dream bigger. Find something else that is wrong, and fix that too. Rare is the post where there is absolutely nothing else that can be improved.

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    You have a lot of links to other people pointing out that this is a stupid rule, always has been a stupid rule, and always will be a stupid rule. So, yeah, it's a stupid rule. So what can we do about it? – TRiG Sep 6 '13 at 11:59
  • Hmm. I'm afraid you missed the point @TRiG. I don't think it's a stupid rule. – Cody Gray Sep 6 '13 at 22:53
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    Oh, I saw what you were saying. My point, such as it was, was that the links you've posted don't support your point. – TRiG Sep 6 '13 at 23:06

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