A mod edited one of my questions I've made today (For the curious: Class Object to create objects of type Object, in a dynamic way, with magic methods).

The changes are so minimal that I have no idea how and why the edit was accepted (maybe because he is a mod and his edits don't wait in the pool?).

The edit was very basic:

  • 1 line removed
  • 1 t added to a word (my keyboard at work eats letters when I type too fast)

Is this an acceptable edit? Or should it be a comment instead?

When is it considered enough changes for an edit to be considered valid?


2 Answers 2


Moderators have no restriction on edits that they can make. There is no technical reason that it would have had to go through a review, or be accepted. Additionally, there is no minimum edit restriction either, like there are for other users.

So, aside from technical reasons to restrict the edit, was it a good one?

I believe so, there was a spelling/typo error that was corrected, there was redundant use of "The code:" (when it was obvious that there was code after that), and then there were multiple paragraphs merged in to a simpler description.

So, the edits improved your post.

We encourage all edits to improve posts, and this is a Stack Exchange thing:

Edits that make improvements to questions are encouraged.

Note that, with the editing privilege, there's the following:

When should I edit posts?

Any time you feel you can make the post better, and are inclined to do so. Editing is encouraged!

Some common reasons to edit are:

  • to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes
  • to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it
  • to correct minor mistakes or add addendums / updates as the post ages
  • to add related resources or hyperlinks

Try to make the post substantively better when you edit, not just change a single character. Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged.

^^ Bold is my emphasis. About the footnote "...make the post substantively better...", fixing a typo is substantive enough on Code Review.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It's probably also important to note that such a minimal edit would be frowned upon if the post were quite old (as it bumps the posts), but given it was edited same day, it's perfectly acceptable. \$\endgroup\$
    – nhgrif
    Apr 6, 2015 at 23:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree with 90% of what you said. Except the part where you say that it improved the question. Also, you said that "there were multiple paragraphs merged in to a simpler description". That is actually a big. If you check the initial version, they were already in that format. Boiling down, I think the edit would be better off as a comment due to the abcense of improvement, but I also wanted an opinion from someone who's "above" me. I've upvoted anyway because most of what you say is correct. But honestly, I don't see any substancial improvement that justify an edit. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6, 2015 at 23:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @IsmaelMiguel, if you read the blog that was linked to, you'll see that the bar for edits is "any improvement what so ever". Was your post improved at all? If so, it's a good edit. No matter who made the edit. \$\endgroup\$
    – RubberDuck
    Apr 6, 2015 at 23:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RubberDuck I don't mind edits. In fact, I thank them when I see that they actually improved the question/answer. But, in your opinion, do you think that the edit improved the quality so much that it is the difference between a bad question and a good one? \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6, 2015 at 23:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ About "Moderators have no restriction on edits that they can make." and "there is no minimum edit restriction either, like there are for other users." These things apply to all 1k+ users I believe, and it is important to note that there's no such thing as a 'too minor' edit (see my answer) \$\endgroup\$ Apr 6, 2015 at 23:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do note we often have the discussion about minor edits pushing questions back to the top of the queue. In light of that, I can totally understand why this question is asked. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mast Mod
    Apr 16, 2015 at 19:30

Let's get one thing straight:

There's no such thing as 'too minor' edit anymore.

When approving or rejecting edits, there used to be a "too minor" reason for rejection. This reason does not exist anymore.

Additionally, 1k+ users do not need to have their edits approved.

List of suggested edit rejection reasons

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    \$\begingroup\$ This answer probably needs an explanation of "completely superfluous". Obviously the OP will argue that the edits in question fall under this category. \$\endgroup\$
    – nhgrif
    Apr 6, 2015 at 23:41

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