After clicking edit, I was about to edit an answer when I noticed the guideline
We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial edits unless absolutely necessary.
Then I became unsure whether I should edit the answer or not, as it may be considered something trivial:
I then went to the help section looking for a more specific guideline but my confusion just got compounded:
"Edits have to be substantial, not trivial"; I won't ask how can something trivial be absolutely necessary at the same time because it has already been asked although it was left without a good answer. But I will ask a couple of things. Do the guidelines mean to say recommended reasons instead of common reasons? Are they just enumerating common reasons people use to edit? I take it as they meant recommended. If we keep going we find that a common (recommended) reason is to fix minor mistakes but we already read that edits are expected to be substantial and not trivial. How can an edit that fixes a minor mistake be substantial? Fixing a minor mistake sounds like a trivial edit to me. How can be a not trivial edit if it is fixing a minor mistake? So, what is substantial according to these guidelines? What is trivial? Is fixing a minor grammatical mistake something trivial or substantial? What is the difference between a trivial mistake and a minor mistake?
I will proceed to edit the minor grammatical mistake that may be at the same time major because any source of information with a bunch of trivial mistakes may end up not being seen as something serious or trustworthy, so the trivial edits become necessary substantial edits.
- “trivial, unless absolutely necessary” in edit guidelines does not make sense
- Is it OK for people to micro-edit my posts?
- To edit or not to edit?
- When is it appropriate to edit another user's answer?
Update: I could not edit the problem question, now there is a pop up saying "edits must be at least 6 characters". I don't think that trivial grammar mistakes will be attractive to people looking for answers in google. SMH