# How do you ask a user to stop making unnecessary edits?

I just answered a question, and a few minutes later another user went on an edit spree, editing the question and three of the seven answers. They have enough reputation that they don't need their edits reviewed. Some edits were good, but some were completely unnecessary, or in the case of my answer, all incorrect.

I can't address this user because they haven't left a comment on this page, and also I don't want to call them out and distract from the question.

How do I get a message to them to be more careful with their edits and to not edit for style, only mistakes?

• I think that it's worth mentioning that (if I have the correct question) the changes made were valid. Some of them perhaps unnecessary but several were, in fact, valid corrections. – bendl Jul 12 '18 at 12:55
• @bendl some were style changes of the "these are both right" variety. Correcting typos is good; changing, say, British English to American English or vice-versa isn't. We try not to change the author's voice like that. These are the sorts of things some spellcheckers flag so I'm not surprised that people get tripped up by it in a quest to fix all the squiggly red lines. – Monica Cellio Jul 12 '18 at 18:25
• @bendl some were good=some were valid – CJ Dennis Jul 12 '18 at 21:29

You've got a couple of options here:

1. Anyone who has edited a post (or participated on it in some way, including the author, editors, commenters, and, for questions, anyone who voted to close/reopen or set a bounty) can be pinged in a comment. Therefore, if they've edited a post, you should be able to write something like

@username, I feel like you've made some unnecessary edits like [X Y Z]; for instance, your edit to my post is unnecessary and even incorrect.

and they'd be notified. Beware, though - the autocomplete for the username only works for commenters.

2. Chat is another option; if they frequent the Factory Floor, you can message them there, using the same @username syntax. If they have enough reputation points to edit without review, they have the privilege to use chat, although most site user's aren't regular chat users.
3. If you think this is a large-scale problem, you could flag the post using a custom mod flag, and briefly explain the issue to us. We might take some action, such as contacting the user, if the problem is severe enough. Emphasis intended.

If it's one or two cases, go with #1 first; it's guaranteed to reach the user. If you want a longer discussion on it, #2 is a backup option. Finally, use #3 for large-scale trends that the mod team needs to be aware of - even if you still go for one of the other options.

• It might be a good idea to add that while anyone who interacted with the post can be pinged the autocomplete feature only works for people who have written a comment. If you are used to the autocomplete for pinging others you may assume that you can't ping an editor. – Secespitus Jul 12 '18 at 7:54
• I had no idea about number 1! Learned something new today. – FoxElemental Jul 12 '18 at 13:05
• @Secespitus Good idea; done. – HDE 226868 Jul 12 '18 at 13:29