First off, this question (from 2009) is similar to mine but I believe it is not a duplicate: I am aware that these days, we don't have a problem with too few people editing posts. If anything, we should be encouraging high-quality edits, and maybe even actively discourage unhelpful edits (not entirely sure about that, but it's also not what this question is about).
So I am wondering whether it would make sense/be a good idea to try and encourage people to make their edits meaningful by providing some sort of additional incentive that goes beyond the 2 rep points users with < 2000 rep can earn from getting a suggested edit approved. For instance, users could e.g.
- earn a small amount of additional rep every time a post they edited gets upvoted
- earn a badge if the number of upvotes for a certain number of posts increases significantly (doubles/triples/crosses a certain threshold etc.) after they edited them
Beyond encouraging people to be thorough when editing posts, attaching some sort of long-term benefits to great edits would also be a way of saying
"We acknowledge that even though you are not the original author of this post, your contribution played an important role in it becoming a valuable resource for the community."
What's your take on this? And, if something like this were to be implemented, what (if any!) would be the criteria for identifying "meaningful" edits?