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I can understand why if an owner of a question updates it, it should give the question more attention, and if a question has no answer and someone edits it making it more clear, it would make sense to display it on the main page again.

But in most cases, edits are rather trivial; fixing typos, grammar, phrasing, etc. Sometimes people edit old, answered questions and they get front page attention in place of new ones. Should it be this way?

I think edited questions should be bumped to first page only if they hadn't been answered yet or had been edited by the original poster.

  • I gotta assume this question has something to do with me. A "minor edit" checkbox, intended for these types of edits, is a regular request on Meta Stack Exchange, but it's repeatedly been declined because of the abuse potential. – a cat Jan 24 '12 at 20:54
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Yes, it should.

We need a way to make sure that all edits from all users, even moderators, get reviewed. The simplest and surest way to do so is to bump the question.

You might've added new detail that makes a closed question acceptable or an unanswered question answerable. You might've just made your not-so-great answer awesome or replaced a tzenes wall-o-text™ with the single word 'penis'.

All of these action require reevalutation of your post - from voting to answering to rollbacks, bringing many eyeballs to your new content. This is all by design.

There is a catch however. If you edit your own post too much (I think the bar is currently set at 10 distinct revisions), it'll go in community wiki mode, or, in other words, you'll stop gaining reputation from it.

Additionally, if you don't have 2k reputation, your edit will be automatically rejected if it doesn't change the post enough (currently the bar is six characters.)

Finally, there is an upper limit on how many of your old posts you could edit in the course of a day: five.

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    [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] mod abuse [redacted] [redacted] – juan Jan 24 '12 at 17:52
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    Only if some jerk goes around editing everything, eventually people will stop looking at these edits, and also the front page becomes useless. And if that 5-post limit is true, I gotta wonder why editing posts that are not yours is 100% unlimited. Apparently, 200 edits in one day and several edits within a few seconds are all A-OK. – a cat Jan 24 '12 at 20:51
  • @lunboks Sounds like something to bring up on MSO. – Matthew Read Jan 25 '12 at 18:00
  • @lunboks You're forgetting captchas. – badp Jan 25 '12 at 19:18
  • @badp Maybe the system just trusts me that much, but I haven't gotten one in ages; certainly not during the recent editing spree. I think I've never seen one on Gaming, even. I think the last one I got was on MSO for rapidly submitting edits to a single post (my own, within the grace period). – a cat Jan 25 '12 at 19:31

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