I started to feel discouradged answering Excel questions here on SU because of my much diminished privileges than I have on SO:
- I don't have enought rep to edit questions to make them more searchable or fix title/tags to be more relevant to the problem - I feel like a second rate citizen here on SU because my edits have to be reviewed and the review process can be painfully slow
- unanswered questions tend to be from users with low rep who cannot upvote my answer and sometimes don't even accept it => my rep is not increasing enough to be encouraging that I will get the edit privilege any time soon
- unanswered questions tent to be niche use cases with even lower trafic than usual and more effort required to answer (e.g. https://superuser.com/a/865108/118860, https://superuser.com/a/865049/118860 from today)
- statistics about low-rep users who do their equivalent of an upvote (not sure how it's called) are not displayed, so I don't have any feedback even if there were any low-rep users who found my answer useful enough to click on the link
Taking away my hard-earned privileges takes away my intrinsic motivation, I am not going to answer any more SU questions today even when from a quick look I would be able to answer the next 5 unanswered Excel questions without problem - I think am going to stick to SO where the community appreciates that I already proved myself to be capable of improving other posts by editing them without an a-priori distrust towards me.
But before I leave, I wanted to ask if there is any current or proposed mechanism whatsoever that I could ask for to be able to edit questions and answers even with <2000 reputation? Same applies for other SE sites to a lesser degree, but I just started on those - here on SU I feel like I somewhat contributed already, but the community just doesn't accept me as a worthy user yet - and I will never be a worthy user here because I don't feel like helping in a community that makes me feel untrustworthy, so I am not going to earn enough rep here to become "worthy" any time soon...
Am I the only one who feels disgusted by the separated reputation and privileges just because I focus on a topic that exists in parallel on both SO and SU (Excel)? Are other topics really so different that users with high rep on SO shall not be allowed to edit questions and answers on SU - or is this just a misguided policy that aims to improve content but actually discourages people to improve content?
EDIT: answers seem to be based on individual opinion, but are there any hard data about how many more bad edits and how many more or less good edits would SE have if editting privilege was a global right? any research has been done by any chance?
Assuming that all other users except me go through the suggested edit proces with the same probability as through non-review edits, SQL pseudo query to extract the data for analysis would be e.g.:
select r.total_user_rep, e.suggested_edit_review_status, count(*) from all_suggested_edits_from_all_SE e join (select user_id, sum(reputation) total_user_rep from all_reputation_from_all_SE group by user ) r on r.user_id = e.user_id group by r.total_user_rep, e.suggested_edit_review_status order by r.total_user_rep
then just pivot the data into 1 series per status and plot e.g. as a stacked column chart (rejected edits red, accepted green) to see if there is any trend and whether 2000 or some other value of global repuration is the correct break-even point when enought of the suggested edits are accepted for the review process being unnecessary (assuming users with high total reputation do not wish to vandalize sites where they have low rep).