A few weeks ago I posted a question: Most Creative way to display 42. I received dozens of great answers. I loved reading them except I noticed one issue. People were editing their answers with new ways to answer the question, except I didn't receive any notifications and therefore didn't see any of their new answers. This a feature-request. When users make substantial edits to their answer, i.e. more than say 50 characters, the OP should get a notification about it.

Note: this can apply to all of Stack Exchange but I decided to post it here since its the most prevalent I think here.

I think substantial should mean 50+ characters added to the body.

If not a substantial edit, then perhaps the answerer should have the option to notify the OP of the edit, for example in a check box marked: "Notify OP of edit"

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    If this ever goes anywhere someone is going to ask for a definition of "substantial" that can be used to specify the code that will implement the feature... Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 5:08
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    I do not see how this is more prevalent here than anywhere else. I do like this idea.
    – Rainbolt
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 14:09
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    Shouldn't it be a percentage? Otherwise you can replace a 40-character program by a completely different 40-character program and not have it be a "substantial" edit.
    – marinus
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 17:08
  • @marinus Although a percentage wouldn't accomplish much either. If I posted a long answer. 1000+ characters, and added 50 more characters, it wouldn't be considered substantial.
    – Milo
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 23:29
  • Starred questions show as with activity/updated when viewed from your profile. Do edits to answers count as activity?
    – frozenkoi
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 3:31
  • I mean when viewed in the favorites tab of the profile, sorted by activity.
    – frozenkoi
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 3:38
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    But you shouldn't have to favorite all of your own questions just in case someone edits an answer later. Commented May 8, 2014 at 3:07

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