I donated about an hour or two of my time improving questions (and a few answers) here.
- I removed words from titles that aren't allowed.
- I fixed spelling problems in titles.
- I removed extraneous verbiage:
- simple thanks to much larger expressions of appreciation
- pleas for help
- sign-offs and other signatures
- I fixed other issues as I found them:
These edits improve both readability and searchability. By removing superfluous material, we eliminate noise, and focus specifically on the subject matter at hand.
I'm both a programmer and an author on technical subjects. I have charged around $100 an hour for my services, and I expect that to continue increasing. I have a reputation of over 10,000 on StackOverflow. I also have a masters degree.
These edits are objective improvements, and most of the reviewers recognized this, many were accepted earlier in the day. However, I had one or two mods robo-reject my edits starting in the early evening yesterday.
Here's the consistent rejection message:
"This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. Changes are either completely superfluous or actively harm readability."
For a mod to apply this message in rejection of all my edits is completely incorrect, and it sends the message that ServerFault does not want to improve the material on this site. I know this is incorrect. ServerFault indeed does want to improve the material here. Then why reject my edits? Clearly the moderator is at fault here, and should have his review rights revoked for some period, perhaps 2 weeks, so that he can think about what he did wrong.
I do know that reviewers have the option to edit further and even mark the edit as unhelpful if it so deserves. That that did not happen (as far as I know) tells me that the reviewer saw nothing that could further be improved, or again, was robo-rejecting.
But perhaps I am mistaken and there is a better course. My question is:
Can anything be done about mods robo-rejecting edits that are objective improvements?