Trivial edits are superficial, especially if it consists of only capitalising a single letter.
I'm talking about switching the lowercase “i” with the uppercase in the word internet. This type of edit, which I often see on MSE (Meta) and elsewhere, has nothing at all to do with improving readability. Nothing.
It is only a question of style, the term internet written in lowercase is widespread and has long overtaken its capitalized counterpart.
The BBC does not capitalize the word; the following article is dated 2012
The internet is a global network of computers…
Gizmodo, founded in 2016, is an American website and has the following article, dated 2018:
We’re not even sure the internet was a good idea […] In this case, we set out to rank the websites […] that influenced the very nature of the internet, changed the world, stole ideas better than anyone, pioneered a genre, or were just really important to us.
Wikipedia, however, chooses to capitalize the term
The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services,…
But in a separate entry, where the use of the capital I is debated, it says
A significant number of publications do not capitalize internet. Among them are The Economist, the Financial Times, The Times of London, The Guardian, The Observer, the BBC, and The Sydney Morning Herald. As of 2011, most publications using "internet" appear to be located outside North America, but the gap is closing. Wired News, an American news source, adopted the lower-case spelling in 2004. Media companies like BuzzFeed and Vox Media avoid capitalizing the "internet" similarly. Around April 2010, CNN shifted its house style to adopt the lowercase spelling. The Associated Press announced that the 2016 AP Stylebook will no longer capitalize "internet". The New York Times announced their decision in May 2016 to decapitalize all instances of "internet" for reasons similar to AP's. As Internet connectivity has expanded, it has started to be seen as a service similar to television, radio, and telephone, and the word has come to be used in this way (e.g. "I have the internet at home" and "I found it on the internet").
Wikipedia: Capitalization of Internet
- The spellings (or the missing capitalisation) of internet and Internet are both correct.
Can we please agree that whoever bumps a post because they believe, falsely, that the term internet must always be capitalized, should think twice before doing so. If a user wants to write Internet or internet that is their choice, there is absolutely no need to "fix" it.