I don't really care when someone edits my answers, but it grinds my gears when someone sloppily edits my answers.

So, why was this edit approved?


First, you never put a city's name in quotes. Second, it really is the "Sears Tower", not the "Sear's Tower". Lastly, almost every other edit wasn't an edit at all, but a re-typing of my exact words.

The only edit that might seem legit is putting the movie's name in italics, but that shouldn't have passed the "insignificant edit" rejection reason.

  • just FYI: "insignificant edit" is no longer a reject reason; the bar is now "zero improvement at all". The "retyping" is actually removing the extra spaces between your sentences, which you can see if you compare the markdown. The quotes around the city name are probably wrong, though.
    – KutuluMike
    Aug 28, 2016 at 1:53
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    The same person made an invalid edit to the question, which I rolled back. I considered rolling back the edit to your answer, but in the end I didn't because at least one thing (the italicisation of the film name) was actually an improvement. Aug 28, 2016 at 13:43
  • @rand what's invalid about that edit? Style differences at best. Let's not go overboard with this...
    – cde
    Aug 28, 2016 at 15:49
  • @cde Exactly, just style differences. It should have been rejected as "no improvement whatsoever". Aug 28, 2016 at 15:51
  • @rand in that case your roll back should be rejected as no improvement whatsoever as well. Considering the edit hit the review queue and was approved as suggested by two other users. So 3 people thought it was helpful. This is how edit wars start. Let's keep rollback to harmful edits...
    – cde
    Aug 28, 2016 at 15:55
  • @cde I see your point, but at least my rollback reverted the post to the OP's style, which should be the default unless it can be improved significantly. Aug 28, 2016 at 15:58

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The suggested edit screen is misleading. The edits doesn't show the double spaces that were removed which gets combined with the word immediately following them making it seem like retype words, or the change from a dumb single quote to a fancy single quote mark. It also doesn't include the edit improvement made by Steelerfan to correct the Sear's to Sears.

The edit correctly changed this to that, and imho it's a correct use of quotation marks for the city name, to signify it's nature as a fictional name for a generic composite city.

So the end result is better than it looks at first glance. It wasn't blindly approved, it was Improve Edit approved.

The edit may be minor copy editing, but the title italics put it past the trivial edit (not that the trivial edit rule is enforced much on any site unless someone is editing many many questions at a time).


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