One small clarification, since it seems to have come up a bit in discussion. It’s true that correcting pronouns, including towards gender neutral pronouns where relevant, is a positive contribution. When folks come across this organically, it should be changed and is an improvement to the post. However, folks shouldn’t go well out of their way to make these ...
The edits were ridiculous
If the world has really come to the point where reading the words "he" or "she" are intrinsically offensive, then we've really come to a sad state of affairs. But I beg you, understand what I'm saying in its correct context.
The OP asked a question about a fictional world of their own creation. In that world, the ...
We have discussed gruesome content on this Stack quite extensively in the past. See for example
Reasoning behind deletion of gruesome content and the linked discussions such as Should questions about painfully killing people be welcomed on this site?.
It's an incredibly important discussion and it's good to revive it from time to time to check what the ...
Who are the anonymous users? Could it be, say, the OP who just wasn't logged in properly?
Couldn't say, it could be a user that's just not logged in to the system like you suggested.
Or is it a moderator?
Mod edits are automatic and don't require approval.
Or is it indeed some random passerby?
More to the point. If an edit is a good ...
No such specific guidelines exist on this site, though the community here tends to reject 'cosmetic' edits unless they are substantive and/or drastically increase the quality of the question/answer.
In the odd case where edits have been disagreed over and one or both parties are unsatisfied with the result they have brought the question here to ask the ...
While I second James' answer, I just want to share my personal experience: I lurk most of the SE communities here, and I am registered only in a small subset of them.
However, when I stumble into a post which can clearly benefit from an edit (think of the usual they're/their/there misuse) I don't really feel compelled to register and edit.
Since I can use ...
Changing the pronouns to make them inclusive is compliant with the Code of Conduct
Be inclusive and respectful.
Avoid sarcasm and be careful with jokes — tone is hard to decipher online. Prefer gender-neutral language when uncertain. If a situation makes it hard to be friendly, stop participating and move on.
If the edit goes in that direction, it should ...
I saw the same edit that you saw. It was on a post of mine and I approved it.
Like James said in his answer, don't judge edits by the user. Judge them by content. Same as with any judgement on any post, as a general principle.
I saw your comment on his answer:
There's no accountability. If a user does anything (including proposing edits) that is ...
The problem is that each of your edit has to go through a review process. Where it needs to be reviewed by at least two users. To avoid too many processes, substancial edits are required.
You might comment on the post, to ask someone to edit it. Users with higher reputation are not subject to the same limitation.
And on that note, I hate the rendering of ...
There are no specific guidelines, but I'll give my opinion on cosmetic edits.
People use the close reason unclear what you're asking for certain reasons but to me a question can be unclear because of how badly formatted the question is.
Zero line breaks, superfluous whitespace, unnecessary phrases such as salutations or apologies (such as for perceived sub-...
I think I found the reason:
The five minute grace period seems to be applied to suggested edits as well, meaning that a second edit suggestion within five minutes after the first would be merged into the original suggestion.
It seems like there is no notification for reviewers.
Dogs and wolves have those, but humans don't. So if the lycanthropes
take a stab to their anal sacs it may hurt a lot - but when they
revert to human form they will not have the sacs, so no pain.
By the way, I think damage to the anal sacs may be very painful. I
once saw a dog whose previous owners tried to castrate him with a
slingshot, the ...
One man's meat is another man's poison
Our Stack is unique. Stack Exchange was developed to concisely answer factual questions — but that's not us. As I understand it, there was quite a discussion when Worldbuilding.SE was proposed because people realized that our sometimes non-concise and non-factual leanings would lead to difficulties.
And one of ...
It appears to be the Community
I have had one of these edits on one of my answers. It was from Anonymous correcting my misspelling of “Silver”, i wrote both Sliver and Silver in the answer.
I accepted the edit and, as i was the author of the question, it was automatically accepted. I went to check the answer i wrote and it said “Edited by Community”, ...
Honestly, I reject these as general principle. Someone who hasn't even taken the time to create an account is trying to edit posts? Even when they're reasonable edits, I just can't get past the source.
I get where you're coming from. But I wouldn't recommend rejecting an edit out of hand this way. Because someone else is just going to have to come along and ...
I made a further change, just to the Title line.
The way you asked it in the body is better: could rather than would, and justify rather than cause-to-happen.
Is it reasonable to happen in your story, as opposed to would that be a certain outcome under those conditions.
I think this question is fine. It is hard to answer as there are many aspects to the question patriarchy vs. matriarchy but I wouldn't say that this is not answerable.
A problem with your original question before your recent edit was that you had multiple questions, one of them being "What would be the social ramifications of this?". This is almost always ...