I just tried to edit an answer to add a missing “not” so as to correct the meaning of what is being said, the system would not let me.
Is this the correct behavour?
(So I have had to use a comment instead)
I tried to correct a broken link in an answer, which was a one character fix. I took the time to search for the blog post the author linked to, edit the SO entry, etc.
Sadly, because I don't have 2k rep, I had to add 5 other characters, wasting my time. The incentive was to leave the broken link alone, thereby lowering the value of the answer.
It would be nice to either
Eliminate the 6 character limit (I get Michael Mrozek's answer about queue flood), or
Split the 2k requirement; maybe 1k for moderated changes (of any length) and 2k for unmoderated edits?
The instruction box at the top says:
We welcome all constructive edits, but please make them substantial. Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary.
I think the reason is to try and avoid the queue getting flooded by people posting trivial punctuation changes. Personally I think that probably wouldn't be a big issue, so there might be another reason I'm not aware of
If all you can find is three letters to change in a post: dream bigger!
Is that post so perfect that nothing else in it can be improved?
(or earn 2k rep and make all the single character changes you want, all day long.)
What about to introduce a typo edit category, accessible with less reputation than normal edit? I've just tried to edit a PHP-related answer, where the "s" were missing from the name of a function (so, it's not only a grammar issue).
(For paranoids: inserting/erasing a word, like "not" is also below the 6-char limit, but it can change the meaning of the answer to the opposite.)
The 6 character limit is the opposite of what you should be encouraging.
When someone fixes my spelling or fixes a small but important part of my post, I am happy with that.
When someone adds carriage returns to my post and code blocks to make my post more readable, than I am happy with that.
When someone makes changes to the substance of my post I am NOT happy with THAT.
When you enforce a minimum char limit on your posts, you encourage people to go invent reasons to edit the post. This leads to unimportant, and potentially detrimental edits.