Sometimes, someone edits my posts. The edits were very helpful. So I want to thank him (or her).

How do you thank for editing?

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    Let's not do that @angussidney. I get the whole "good quality" requirement you've put in there, but in the end you're not supposed to be rewarded with upvotes because you made a good edit. I foresee users saying "well, that's has a positive score, so let me upvote that one", rather than honestly evaluating the content. – Bart Apr 21 '17 at 12:05
  • You approve it if its a lower rep user and don't roll back otherwise. Most of my edits as are things that bother me ;) – Journeyman Geek Apr 22 '17 at 2:22

Thanks are not expected for editing. I suspect that simply accepting them rather than rolling them back will be all that editors want.

Using the occasional comment to thank should do no great harm but I recommend not doing it often and, when you do, be specific about what you are thanking them for.

A comment that says little more than thanks has no value.

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    I agree. Thanking the editor in a comment may be okay, especially when the editor goes up and beyond doing a few grammatical corrections and genuinely improves the post, which could cost the editor more than a couple of minutes in doing so. – Ken Graham Apr 21 '17 at 11:40

@ notifications can also be used to ping editors. So a comment can make the editor aware of your gratefulness. As already stated, this is not the intended purpose of comments, but you can always delete the comment after a while, when you think it reached its target.

As there is no mechanism to reward outstanding edits with extra reputation, I do not consider it a problem if the editor is at least rewarded with some verbal praise in a comment. By contrast, thanking people for questions and answers is much less called for as there are mechanisms for this (votes and bounties).

An alternative to leaving a comment is checking whether the editor is active in the site’s chatrooms and contact them there.


There's no need to thank editors.

You can comment on the post and @reply to the editor and they will be notified, but "Thank you"s aren't what comments are meant for so don't be offended if it is flagged and removed.

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