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Let me reward a good edit on my question/answer

I love the fact that this site, and the entire SE network are very community driven, but I see a lot of people, answering questions, where multiple answers are very closely related. That's why I'm wondering about a way to encourage people to add to an already great answer using the edit feature, instead of adding their own. Maybe the possibility to vote on edits, so people who contribute to an answer can get some rep from that as well, or something like that.

What do you think would be a good way to do this?

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This gets too complicated. How do you distinguish more or less important corrections or modifications? It has to be easy to find out, who did what, and to split your votes - maybe not everybody agrees, and want's to upvote one part, and downvote another one?

Shall we have a by-sentence voting and maybe one for the whole answer, one for the structure?

And since people want to earn reputation, they will keep going writing new posts for major improvements.

Last but not least: Most programming languages are only reliable if handling integral values of a limited size - else they overrun and produce fancy rounding errors. :) Let's avoid floating point!

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Some ideas:

Overall I think its one of those community social things that just has to stick and go on its own. The best way to encourage it is to do edits yourself!

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