I am not sure I understand editing on Movies SE-section. What is the use of editing old, answered, low-interest questions with minor corrections? I am not currently suggesting to change the current practice, but mainly asking to understand this behaviour as it seems quite common here and to me seems not to be coherent with other features like editing unanswered questions to bring it forward to homepage again.

From help-section: When should I edit posts?

Any time you see a post that needs improvement and are inclined to suggest an edit, you are welcome to do so. The original author of a question or answer may always edit their own post, regardless of reputation level.

Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include:

  • To fix grammar and spelling mistakes
  • 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
  • To correct minor mistakes or add updates as the post ages
  • To add related resources or hyperlinks

I understand the above, but to me it seems as relevance is also criteria, because editing bumps the question-answer into homepage. This is also aim why often questions get edited to get question into front-page, so why edit those that have an answer are low quality and lack wider interest among community? Taking account the age of question I don´t understand the actual use of editing (or old identification movies)? As in example of these below:

  1. https://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/10168/identify-movie-with-quote-there-is-a-pattern-to-predict-the-future
  2. Identify movie where alien with proboscis/trunk steps on someone's head
  3. Movie about fishing family who buy their own boat and end up losing everything

I understand editing in cases where popular questions attract a lot of unwanted answers: What does the Flag symbolize?

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    low-interest stuff to one person might not be that low-interest for other. And if there is a chance for improvement then we should go for it even if it's year old stuff. But I do appreciate your concern to bring it here.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Dec 16, 2016 at 8:40
  • I agree that interest is subjective, as well improvements raise the quality of the site, but does these questions need to be brought to homepage, especially when they are answered?
    – Paharet
    Dec 16, 2016 at 9:40
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    People do check old answered posts too and if they see any possibility of improvement then why to refrain from doing it? I can see no drawback in it.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Dec 16, 2016 at 11:57

2 Answers 2


Any improvement to a post improves the overall quality of the site. That's why there is a badge specifically for editing old ignored questions. And its the same on every stack.


I noticed that the examples you supplied were my edits. So, I feel compelled to explain to some degree.

  • I find this place really fascinating. As a relatively new user, I find myself compelled to read old questions. I find them fascinating, informative, and a great way to express my satisfaction through voting on them. I DON'T care if they are old, short, or not widely followed. I am just grateful that I am able to follow them.

  • One of my minor talents is that I am a decent proof reader. Spelling and grammar mistakes jump out at me and bother me in the sense that I actually like correcting them -- if I am allowed to. So, I have been doing so because I think it makes the site look better, and I am giving back to those that post when English is not their first language.

  • Please understand that this has little to do with reputation, badges, or anything that is self-serving. If you were able to see my voting patterns, you would notice a very strong tendency of mine to simply reward people that were posting well (by my measure). And yes, I have skimmed all the way to the first post. But now I am closely scanning questions, and reflecting on them. But for me, that also includes leaving it a better place when I leave -- if applicable.

  • Actually, I don't consider myself so different from other new users.

  • I hope you do not mind too much. I am simply trying to help.

  • FYI, I have brought up in chat that I have found English errors in our help section. I was advised to bring this up on Main Meta. And I will. Again, I am just trying to help.

  • Apologies, I just looked recent edits, never intended to direct it towards You personally. And as you can see I provided my point of question in a broader sense than just criticism towards particular persons. As this is solely my opinion, I still think that homepage with "active feed" is meant to cast active threads, but a lot of edited ones should be passive (yet always searchable in need). Maybe this is false representation of "active threads", but it seems SE-policy and community approved feature, that every edit should be cast there. Your contribution is thankful!
    – Paharet
    Dec 18, 2016 at 9:42
  • @Paharet You are a caring person, as your post reflects. I simply wanted to explain. Thanks.
    – John
    Dec 18, 2016 at 15:05

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