3 weeks following this discussion, the question has been closed, is sitting at -2 score, and has two answers with a combined +1 score. This is not to say "I told you so", but rather to say that if the community disagrees with an aggressive edit, I would strongly invite those who disagree with aggressive edits to find another way (be it supporting the poster through comments, or making less aggressive edits, or even just casting reopen votes if they think the original post is correct).
As-is, this post has fallen in to limbo, the asker hasn't been seen since asking the question, hasn't contributed anything else, and hasn't accepted an answer. Not the best outcome we could have hoped for.
Today I aggressively edited this question:
When I made the edit, it had no answers, a downvote, and a close vote. Had I not edited, I would have added another close vote and downvote.
Here is my edit. After my edit, it managed to increase its score to +1, prior to this rollback by Simon. Prior to the rollback, I had received this comment from Meredith Poor which read:
@jmac - my feeling is that the edit was too aggressive, however I agree that the original post shows quite a bit of drift.
Two hours later the question was put on hold by the community.
Community Reception of Aggressive Edits
I have a long history of aggressive edits.
I tried to be as fair and accurate collecting the data as I could to give an honest picture of what sorts of edits I have been making, not to try to make me look good.
Based on those stats, I have 30 aggressive edits. Of those 30, 4 were received poorly:
- One for being a duplicate
- Two with negative score and closed
- One where the asker strongly disagreed with my edit (though didn't roll it back, may be due to unfamiliarity, happy to take the hit on this one)
Of the remaining 27, almost half (13) of the askers thanked me or otherwise commented that they agreed with my edit in some way (at any rate, were not being negative). Two were mixed message comments. The other 12 had no comment.
This is not to toot my own horn. I believe that our responsibility as volunteers on this site is to do our best to help people. I try to do that through aggressive edits. Many questions we get quickly collect a few close votes and downvotes and are gaining the wrong kind of momentum early. When I can see a core question that I think will help the person asking, I make those edits, because I think a question that benefits the asker will be good for them, and good for The Workplace.
Many people have experienced confusion about these aggressive edits, so I am putting my experience out there for the community. Do we want these sorts of edits? And when are they appropriate?
Here are the questions I used for stats for your review:
- 16 upvotes: What information/guarantees should I get from a company in financial difficulty?
- 7 upvotes + thanks: How can I negotiate a bonus in to a base salary raise?
- 20 upvotes + thanks: How do I bring up being misled about my job role during the interview period?
- 5 upvotes but closed as dupe: Is it poor etiquette to give unsolicited suggestions when new on the job?
- 4 upvotes (questionable whether asker appreciated the edit or not, see comments): How can I negotiate a salary increase in a new job?
- 1 upvote + thanks: What in a background check can be grounds for revoking an offer?
- 4 upvotes: How should I negotiate a salary with conflicting information?
- 8 upvotes: How can I tell my manager the task I was assigned is beyond my current ability?
- 4 upvotes (possibly not aggressive): How should my resume address a 6-year period to receive a 4-year degree?
- -1 score and closed: Is my contract still valid if my job has changed?
- 10 upvotes and thanks: What is the best way of approaching a former employer for a job?
- 1 upvote and thanks: What criteria should I use to judge job-posting sites?
- 3 upvotes and thanks, but rolled back later by the asker: How can I prevent a notice period from being unreasonably extended?
- 4 upvotes and thanks: Is it appropriate to approach references based on interviewer comments?
- 8 upvotes and thanks: How can I decide if I should use a title (Mr./Ms.) when e-mailing a prospective employer?
- 14 upvotes: How can I sell a blue-collar technical background when applying for white-collar technical jobs?
- -1 score and closed: How can I minimize the risks of moonlighting in violation of my contract?
- 13 upvotes and thanks: How can cultural adaptability be evaluated when hiring an employee from another country?
- 11 upvotes: How can I avoid divisive political issues at work?
- 13 upvotes: How can I delay an interview?
- 16 upvotes: How much should I say in an exit interview?
- 68 upvotes and thanks: How can I respond to an employee who objects to working on certain projects on ethical grounds?
- 12 upvotes and thanks: How should I approach interviewing through an interpreter?
- 12 upvotes: When should I address being made redundant when applying for jobs?
- 10 upvotes: What information is important when introducing yourself to coworkers you have never met?
- 7 upvotes and reopened: How can an organization keep the benefits of generalists on large-scale projects?
- 5 upvotes (questionable whether asker appreciated the edit or not, see comments/revision history): How should I decide whether to take over someone else's work tasks?
- 1 upvote + thanks: https://workplace.stackexchange.com/posts/15539/revisions
- 1 upvote + thanks: I want to find ways to get past phone interviews
- 4 upvotes + strong disagreement: When is it appropriate to let on to your boss you are looking at other jobs?
I left out the two questions I edited today. You can take a look at my revision history here if you want to check to see if I left any big edits out.