I just reviewed this edit suggestion. The user claims to update to contain information about non-US banks and he rather added quite good information. I rejected the edit suggestion as an attempt to reply. However I read that Stack Exchange encourages users to edit old -even accepted and highly upvoted/appreciated- answers that are obsolete for nowadays.

Given these 2 contradictory facts, I wonder if I did wrong by rejecting the edit or not ? Or maybe since the question is moderated as out-of topic and thus any interaction with the answers must be rejected anyway ?


The help section lists the common reasons why a post should be edited:

  • to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes
  • to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it
  • to correct minor mistakes or add addendums / updates as the post ages
  • to add related resources or hyperlinks

None of them seems to match this edit suggestion. In particular, this edit:

  • changes the post meaning,
  • and is not updating obsolete content (I understand "obsolete" as meaning something which deprecates or becomes invalid over time, this has nothing to do with geographical discrepancies).

As a comment however it would be very welcome, but I actually guess that the edit was used here as a workaround to the limitation affecting comments: when one does not have enough reputation to leave a comment, let's just edit the post directly!

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    Thank you very much wise man. The 6th point you mentioned is already a full answer. Regards – user45139 Aug 3 '15 at 12:26
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    I agree that a comment would work well, but couldn't that edit fall under add addendums / updates as the post ages? Or would it be considered not "aged" enough? – RoraΖ Aug 3 '15 at 14:17
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    @raz: Could you pinpoint what exactly was aging in the original post? For me it is still as current today as it was when posted 2 months ago, its content doesn't seem obsolete nor invalid. – WhiteWinterWolf Aug 3 '15 at 14:28
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    @WhiteWinterWolf I was looking at it as an additional addendum. The question/answer itself definitely isn't aged. While not obsolete or invalid it seems like it might be incomplete. Which in that case I suppose really means a new answer should have been provided over an edit. Now I'm just thinking while typing. I agree with your answer. – RoraΖ Aug 3 '15 at 15:50

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