Phenomenon: A low rep user uses suggested edit to add a comment to an answer\question.

Is anyone else seeing this?



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    Linking for other users as they come in here: a similar phenomenon of people "smuggling" answers into edits, in which this kind of comment was discussed in a tangent.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Feb 3 '11 at 20:01
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    "comment smuggling" - chuckles :)
    – Kev
    Feb 3 '11 at 20:14
  • I continue to see this when reviewing suggested edits. Has there been any progress toward a solution? (It seems like a good idea to raise the required rep for suggested edits higher than that for comments, or at least to make it obvious to new users why they can't comment...)
    – jtbandes
    Aug 15 '11 at 7:08
  • I'm also seeing a lot of this - and I'm new to reviewing... stackoverflow.com/suggested-edits/203343
    – Basic
    Feb 16 '12 at 17:09

wow. Makes me glad we're approving these edits. Sounds like the user interface may need to be tweaked if this is happening often.

Users shouldn't see the edit button and think, "I need to communicate with this guy, and this seems to be the best/only place to do it", before seeing the comment or answer button.

On the other hand, new users are limited - they can't provide comments anyway.

I wonder if we should raise the suggest edit to at or above the comment level?

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    More and more I'm becoming convinced that we need to enable comments for everyone. They can be flagged and managed easily enough, but the fact that people are using answers and edit suggestions as a means to communicate is frustrating. Still on the fence about it though, as the primary interface of SO is questions and answers.
    – Pollyanna
    Feb 3 '11 at 20:11
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    @Pol You make an interesting point re. raising the rep. I think there is a case for users earning a minimal amount of rep so that they at least get some idea of how things work by expending some effort. They also then have something to lose.
    – chibacity
    Feb 3 '11 at 20:11
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    @polly no, we won't be doing that. Would just lead to noise, read the part about comments here: goofygrin.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/… Feb 3 '11 at 21:02
  • @Jeff - Oh that's a classic, awesome blog post! Thanks for the link, I'll be chuckling for awhile now...
    – Pollyanna
    Feb 3 '11 at 21:11
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    @Jeff I think the fact that he has closed the comments on his blog post is a tad ironic...
    – chibacity
    Feb 3 '11 at 21:57
  • :-) @Jeff, some Trevor comments on that blog "But it required high ‘rep’ because there were more than 20 answers already" I guess that refers to a protected question? Or are new users never allowed to add answers when 20 have already been posted?
    – Arjan
    Feb 3 '11 at 23:02
  • Its rediculous however, that you can edit existing material, and create answers and Create questions, all of which are far far noisier than commnets, but you can't comment, and enabling comments will help syphon the noise to the right place. Feb 15 '11 at 21:48
  • But I'd agree we'd need better comment moderation if that were to happen, just to prevent comments being the new target for link-spam. Feb 15 '11 at 21:49

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