Consider this post. In the original form, it had a block of program output which was not formatted as a code block. I tried to fix this, but SU doesn't accept edits with less than 6 non-whitespace characters modified.

To overcome this limit, I changed a word to one of its synonyms, but this seems pretty hackish. What is the recommended way to solve such problems?

  • you could've edited the title.
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Jun 13, 2012 at 14:28
  • Hmm… didn't think about that. Thanks for the idea!
    – user49740
    Jun 13, 2012 at 14:29

1 Answer 1


While we welcome all edits, you should try to edit a question in a more comprehensive manner.

For instance, the question above, you could've edited the title to a more meaningful one.

Here's a cursory glance of what you should look at while editing any post:

  • Does the title make sense? Will someone find the question if the person's searching for the same answer?
  • Can the post body be corrected? Are all words capitalized correctly? Is the sentence comprehensible? Does it make sense?
  • Is there something that's left out of body? For example, are there any extra info that can be moved from comments to the main post?
  • Is it tagged correctly? Are there any meta tags? If so get rid of them. Add some meaningful tags.

In the rare occasion that you absolutely do not have anything to add - I'd suggest you drop by our chat room and ask for assistance.. most users in chat are likely to have edit privileges.

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