For sites like,
Users can participate for seven months and not have enough reputation to edit a question or answer. The benchmark for editing a question should be whether or not you understand enough about a site and a community to exercise this power to make the site better.
The problem with these two sites is that for 2022, NOT A SINGLE NEW USER has gotten this privilege on either site. In fact, the most active users on both sites have not accumulated enough reputation to pass the threshold of editing a question.
- https://devops.stackexchange.com/users?tab=Reputation&filter=year (380 rep top yearly, 1000 rep to edit)
- https://android.stackexchange.com/users?tab=Reputation&filter=year (1,575 rep top yearly user, 2000 rep to edit)
Aside from the lack of activity on these sites, they feel rather dead. The content is subsequently unrefined as even people that want to edit things can't.
Not trying to single out either of these sites, but I'm not going to write a description to cut out a salutation or to fix formatting. If we're going to lower the bar for sites to get out of beta, I think it follows something should be done about these arbitrary limits. They're not attainable. And if anyone grinds on these sites for six months and can't edit questions, they're probably not going to find the experience enjoyable or stick around (and I would be curious to know if any data can quantify healthy community growth for either of these sites).