Many times when I try to edit an answer with things like "Improved formatting" I am prohibited from doing so due to the "Your edit must be at least X characters" prompt. I understand why a rule like that exists on most SE sites. However on some sites like codegolf.stackexchange.com answers are, by nature, hardly any amount of characters long.

This answer, for example, is very small: https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/a/44/16513

The headline format is not within the regular formatting of the site (Code language and byte count should be bolded with the preceding #-operator.

But I can't edit the post because just making the change does not change enough characters, and I don't want to add random characters just to make the edit do-able (though that is something I see done frequently to bypass this 'rule').

Perhaps the "at least X characters" rule should have a dynamic X based on original post length. If the answer itself is only 30 characters, maybe the the 'X' should be 5; but if the answer is 200 characters then X can be 10 or whatever it is.

What do you guys think?

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    leave a comment so that the OP or someone whose edits don't have to be reviewed can make the change. Feb 20, 2017 at 15:59


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