Currently, a user does not get any notification when a trivial edit (less than 6 characters, by a user who has the edit privilege) is made on one of his/her posts. As in this example.

Even though the user is trust-worthy (owing to the rep of the user), wouldn't it be nice for the OP to get a notification whenever an edit is made, even trivial?

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    The owner of the post does get notified for edits to their post.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:20
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    @animuson only non trivial edits. Sometimes, even 1 character is important. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:21
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    @animuson No, not when a user with the edit privilege (and/or the mod) does the edit.
    – Dawny33
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:21
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    @Dawny33 Who performed the edit is not at all relevant when determining whether to notify. Was it perhaps trivial as Shadow Wizard states? Very few characters changed?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:22
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    @animuson guess he means the edit here. It changed only two characters, hence no notification was sent. (threshold is 6 characters, or changing code) Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:23
  • @animuson Yes, this for example
    – Dawny33
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:23
  • So you mean only trivial edits, since you do get notified about "big" edits, as you were just notified about the edit I've made here now. :) Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:27
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    @ShadowWizard Yeah. Received the notification :) And yeah, even trivial edits need to be notified IMO. Sometimes a short edit might damage /change significant content.
    – Dawny33
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:29
  • Agreed, already upvoted after editing. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 9:37
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    Answer to this question seems to be related: No notification was received for an edit to a post.
    – Martin
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 6:14
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    I agree minor update are also relevant and should receive notification. In my case a person remove one tag I consider relevant twice and I only realize when revisit my question. Commented Nov 21, 2016 at 23:19
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    Maybe some people really don't want to receive notifications after their posts were edited. It think there should a button somewhere in the preferences, which determines whether you want to receive notifications about edits or not. Commented Sep 21, 2020 at 14:38
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    Ironically the bounty message says "An small edit can still significantly mess up an answer." When it should be … A small edit can still… or … Any edit, even tiny, can still… I wonder if that error was deliberate. Commented Sep 26, 2020 at 7:19
  • @Dawny33 I wonder...Do question followers get notified of edits that are less than six characters? If so, we definitely should.
    – Ollie
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 20:54
  • @Dawny33 I'm currently following your post, so if you want to test it, ping/comment me ;)
    – Ollie
    Commented Sep 29, 2020 at 0:11

2 Answers 2


I too would like to see this implemented. A small edit can still mess up a post, and I would happily trade the "noise" sent to me in exchange for knowing about all the edits on my post. This comment asks about enabling all the notifications manually in the user settings, and I agree. It would be nice to have the option of seeing some or all of the edits made on your posts, like with the "reduced ads" option in our preferences.

  • mess up like changing adjectives. and words describing the degree of want, hope, emotion, one-liners that mess up advice, etc. Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 5:18

In addition to Ollie's answer, I would also like this. As an example, one of my posts which included the word "color" was edited 1 to change the spelling of that one word into "colour". It was only changing one character, and I was notified of it by another user pinging the editor.

I would like to know of edits like these, because they are trivial and I don't like the word "color" to be spelled "colour", at least in my posts.

And sometimes one character can make a difference. For instance, a user with full editing rights could just change the d in duck to an f on a really old post with a lot of answers. Nobody would most likely notice if the author of the post wasn't notified.

Maybe we could have this as a profile setting - so some can opt out of these notifications. I know some people just hate having their inbox full, especially high rep users.

1 - This editor had full editing rights

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