The user SE - stop firing the good guys edited this post with important highly upvoted, useful information from the comments that did not change the meaning of the post (it clarified that 'side content' referred to 'any content that's not necessary for completion'). This post went through the normal approval process for low rep users and was approved.
Next Wrigglenite♦ reverted the edit claiming that "Adding new information to answers is explicitly not what third party edits are for". However, as noted in the comments (now moved to chat), this claim directly contradicts SE policy which states:
All contributions are licensed under Creative Commons, and this site is collaboratively edited, like Wikipedia. If you see something that needs improvement, click edit!
Editing is important for keeping questions and answers clear, relevant, and up-to-date. If you are not comfortable with the idea of your contributions being collaboratively edited by other trusted users, this may not be the site for you.
Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include:
- To clarify the meaning of the post (without changing that meaning)
- To include additional information only found in comments, so all of the information relevant to the post is contained in one place
When this was pointed out to Wrigglenite♦ rather than re-applying the edit instead they claimed that the policy does not apply to 'third party' comments. Claiming that 'The only source of information in a post should be the post's author.' where 'author' seems to refer to the posts first author.
Is this something the Gaming SE community decided to deviate on from standard SE policy? Because the collaborative nature of writing answers is one of the core tenants of the SE network. It's quite typical that some users express discomfort with this, but in that case - as the above page states - "this may not be the site for you". When a moderator however expresses such notions it sounds like something bigger is going on.
Point is: On SE in general there is no such thing as a "third party" edit vs a "first party" edit. Neither the first author of an answer nor the 100th contributor to an answer is allowed to change the meaning of an answer (that's why we can write multiple answers and have each upvoted independently). The only advantage the first author has is that he can claim a superior understanding of the meaning of the post. As always: This isn't a forum, this is the Q&A version of Wikipedia.