# how can we make necessary edits to a question that doesn't change enough letters to prevent auto-rejection?

the title says it all. it has to do with this edit in which all i needed to do was add a couple of backslashes. but i have run into that problem before. so i end up changing more than i intended, just to get the system to tentatively accept the edit.

also, with this very question, i am getting "This question body does not meet our quality standards...."

• I think the "This question body..." BS is because the lack of capitals in the question is generally (but not always!) a good indicator of question quality. – Peter K. May 7 '14 at 12:00
• it's not about caps. and it's not about me editing my own questions. it's about offering an edit to someone else's question that changes fewer than, i dunno, 5 or 10 characters and that proposed edit is rejected by the crappy SE software because it didn't change enough. but changing more would be an error. what should we do? add spaces or other chaff? – robert bristow-johnson May 7 '14 at 13:24
• Sorry, my mistake "this very question" I thought referred to this question here on meta, not the one you were editing! :-) – Peter K. May 7 '14 at 15:30
• yeah, i have left very few questions (maybe none at all) outside of the SE meta pages, and it would reject my question based on the caps. so then i would edit it and put in caps. after the question posted, i would edit it again to remove caps out of principle (the principle being that of non-acceptance of someone else dictating to me what my own speech or writing is). but this is different. we should be able to make small corrections in an edit. like adding or removing the word "not" when the meaning of a sentences was negated (like with the "Wicked Bible"). – robert bristow-johnson May 7 '14 at 15:40
• Agreed! 7654321 :-) – Peter K. May 7 '14 at 15:42
• Just add &nbsp; at the end of a line: meta.stackexchange.com/a/90014/130885 – endolith Aug 8 '14 at 19:12

I agree that it's silly to have to change more than a certain number of letters to qualify as a valid edit. Leave a typo in because it's a one character change? Those $cos()$ and $sin()$ without the backslash really bug me too.