I am sometimes directed to the edit history of various other questions, and I have noticed a clear trend; minimal edits.
I thought I would take the time to write up post asking everyone to be a bit more careful with their edits, after noting that no such post has been previously made (at least, under the editing tag). Many of these edits aim to improve a sentence in the post, but miss problems with the rest of the post. I have also seen edits that aim to make a correction, but only correct a single instance, when the original mistake exists in multiple instances of the post.
There are lots of valid reasons for this type of activity
I think it is completely acceptable that most of these edits are made in good faith:
- We are all human, we all make mistakes, and can not be spot on 100% of the time.
- Grammar is a pain in the butt. I have only met one person in my life who had perfect grammar; and she was my primary school grammar teacher.
- Some of us (I assume) are not native English speakers. Props for learning a second (or third, fourth etc.) language - especially one that is known to be so obtuse, at times. These users, I feel, deserve a little extra slack when it comes to these things.
- I admit that some times, users may not necessarily take the same interpretation of the post as I do. I find it acceptable that, in these cases, previous edits may have neglected areas where the user felt they might be varying too far from the original post due to difficulty in understanding the original post (lets be honest.. every now and again we get one that is really hard to understand, despite asking an acceptable on-topic question).
In summary, keep doing the good job that you guys do; but when you perform edits, please try and be a bit more careful to avoid minimal edits.