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Today I found an answer that has a typo (misspelled gastly), wanted to edit it but couldn't because of minimum character amount. What to do in cases like this one?

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    I edited it for ya, so it's done now. – Dragonrage Jul 14 '16 at 21:36
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There are a few things you can do when minor edits need to be done:

  • Leave a comment on it alerting the op of his minor mistake.
  • Look through the post to see if anything else can be edited as well, such as other spelling errors or any grammar errors.
  • If the op hasn't fixed it, or there aren't any other things to edit, you can visit chat and let someone know. Users with 2k+ rep often are in chat and can edit it for you, as they are not limited by minimum amount of characters changed to edit something.
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    Why does this limit exist for low rep users? I can imagine the answer is obvious but it begs asking nonetheless. :) – Kaizerwolf Jul 15 '16 at 13:27
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    @Kaizerwolf I'd assume it's at least partially because there is a rep gain (albeit small, but it exists) for <2k users to make edits, so the changed character count is an attempt to make sure the edit is meaningful (no abusing the edit system, clogging up the suggested edit queue). >2k users making edits don't get the rep bonus, so I guess it's seen as more of a "betterment of the site and the content on it" when they make an edit, so even the tiniest edits can fulfill that. I'm sure there's a meta somewhere that explains this better than I can... :) – king14nyr Jul 15 '16 at 17:12
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    It definitely helps, thank you! It does make sense when you put it that way, I also didn't know that users above 2K rep didn't receive any from edits. – Kaizerwolf Jul 15 '16 at 17:14
  • @Kaizerwolf, it is sort of a trade off. Below 2k rep, you have more limitations but a greater reward. Above 2k, you have less limitations and less rewards. – Dragonrage Jul 15 '16 at 17:15
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    @Kaizerwolf because it means that two people have to review the change, it's a waste of time for trivial changes such as one character. Also it encourages the low rep user to review the rest of the post and find and fix/improve other problems with it instead of just one problem. – Aequitas Jul 16 '16 at 2:14
  • Alternatively just leave a comment and somebody with instant edit privilege will come by, see it and make that edit for you (if the poster doesn't see it before that). – user1306322 Jul 28 '16 at 9:03

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