Something i've been noticing more recently that has piqued my interest is the voting and editing system.
They don't seem to work hand in hand nor do they seem like complimentary systems.
For example, lets say an answer is posted, of very poor quality, that attracts 10 down votes.
The poster sees this feedback and decides to update their answer. Now the answer is of much higher quality and had attracted a few up votes, and perhaps one or two of the observant down voters have spotted the edit and retracted their downvotes.
This is where the system works well with pursuing continuous improvement and a positive feedback cycle.
The issue is with the 8 other downvoters. The ones who didn't follow the question and who haven't seen the edit.
The person who made the answer is now seemingly punished with these votes despite their efforts to improve upon their errors.
I see a few potential solutions to this.
Ping a message to the inbox of downvoters when an edit occurs
This would basically mean that if you downvote an answer, or question, and it gets edited, you will get an automated message in the inbox to tell you that an edit has occurred and that you should review your down votes
@downvoters gets attention
A similar system, though i think this one is slightly worse as it could be easily abused. This basically means that @downvoters pings them all to the comment, alerting them of a change if the poster thinks it is significant enough to warrant change.
Probably not a viable or good solution, but i included it for the sake of covering all bases.
Clear votes when edited
Essentially an edit would wipe the slate, new content new votes as it were. I also see many flaws in this solution as it doesn't actually encourage anyone to return and re-vote and you have the issue of rep fluctuation etc.
Therefore would it be at all viable to implement a system wherein downvoters are pinged when an edit occurs. I don't see how this could be abused and i think it could be a valuble tool in the SE toolbelt to encourage editing and re-voting of those who might not otherwise notice.
What do you all think?