I wouldn't mind something that gave folks the ability to say not only did I approve of this edit, but it was also a Herculean effort, and the merits of the effort in this case deserve special recognition. Editing is by far the best way to influence the experience that someone with a question in need of editing will have on Stack Overflow.
At +2 per post the extrinsic motivation isn't really that high, you're doing it because you can and it's nice to notice that peers reviewed something that you did and approved of it. But what you're really doing, if a few people pushed the theoretical button that I proposed, is taking ownership in what you edit.
Ideas on the table currently surround two ideas:
- Badges - if you edit something, and that something goes on to do very well, your effort should be recognized.
- (In line with the first) Just surfacing stuff you've edited that went on to a brighter future after your edit, because damn that feels good, especially when it's prominently displayed in your profile - especially since you went way beyond what +2 rep asks for.
I don't know what direction we're going to go, but as we continue to gather data coming out of the new helper and triage queues, we'll decide on one. I don't think giving rep here is the answer, if you've gotten the max that you can 2 rep at a time, it's time for more long-term goals if that's how you want to participate.
Expanding the idea to the suggested edit queue and making more use of signal
that folks there could send us doesn't sound like a horrible idea.
But, think badges, not rep, I'm not going to give you access to moderation tools until you show me that you know how to code at least somewhat as well as you know how to edit. In order to use those tools, you really do need some programming chops.