As you may have noticed, the edit rejection reasons were recently changed. And that's what we need to talk about:
They have been live for about three weeks now, and, and least on Physics, it has been repeatedly noted1 by reviewers and reviewed ones alike that the rejection messages sound far more hostile than the old ones. The main culpit is no improvement whatsoever, which reads:
This edit fails to make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. Changes are either completely superfluous or actively harm readability.
Now, you may say that it is an accurate description of what no improvement whatsoever means. However, to the reviewed editor it sounds quite passive-agressive on the part of the reviewer, especially since there is no indication that this is a canned response (or at least, many reviewed editors seem not to know that it is canned). A minimal proposal would be to dial down on the emphasizing phrases like even a little bit, perhaps changing it to something like
This edit is unnecessary as it does not make the post easier to read, easier to find or more accurate.
At least to my ears, this sounds far more level-headed. It's really not necessary to hammer the point home with calling the edit superfluous or actively harmful after you've already told the reviewer why the edit hasn't been approved.
Especially in light of the be nice policy saying
Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions.
I think the current rejection message needs to be changed.