As a edit moderator (2k rep), I now see many many many edits that are actually new users answering the question. This most often happens where a code modification occurs.
Many of these answers look good, and probably solve the question — so it seems a shame to destroy these answers.
Can we have a new moderation response that more explicitly states (to the editor / answerer):
Your edit needs to be submitted as an answer to the question. Modifying the original question creates confusion, since the question is no longer valid / needed.
The typical pattern is
- modifies the code
- uses the edit-comment to explain how their edit answers the question
A super-feature would be to allow such moderation to auto-convert the edit into an answer. This would be the best UX practice, IMO, since this is what the user should do, and we can make them love the site even more this way, encouraging more interaction.
So, we would
- check to see if the edit is code-only
- create a modifies block of code and set it to the body of a new answer
- use the edit-comment as a string of unformatted, sentence-case, text that is above the code block.