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I saw an answer to a question on this site, which I found difficult to read, due to the author not having split the text in to proper sections.

So I simply added the paragraphs, where it made sense. But was unable to save the change, since the change was less than 6 characters long. This tricked me, because the change was a real improvement to readability. The content was actually fine, so I did not want to alter the wording only the readability of the post.

Why prevent people from doing that?

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    $\begingroup$ I guess it's a measure to prevent trolls or bots to make useless changes, and prevent rep-miners from making single-digit typo corrections in the hopes these changes are acknowledged by reviewers delivering them easy rep. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD Mod
    Aug 19 '19 at 9:29
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    $\begingroup$ @AliceD I think that it will encourage users, who want to modify minor errors such as greatly improving readability by adding line breaks, from improving questions/answers, or worse, add changes that were not required to the answer. The rep-miners will easily be able to add 6 characters that add no value what so ever. $\endgroup$ Aug 19 '19 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ Don't understand me wrong, I'm not advocating it, it's only a likely explanation. The same goes for commenting - the minimum required words is a nuisance as well. $\endgroup$
    – AliceD Mod
    Aug 19 '19 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ Do they not have the same requirement on other stack exchange sites? $\endgroup$
    – canadianer
    Aug 19 '19 at 16:53
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    $\begingroup$ Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/149771/… meta.stackexchange.com/questions/81520/… meta.stackexchange.com/questions/81895/… Since this a sitewide policy your question would be better on the main meta rather than here, nothing special about Biology.SE on this issue. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause Mod
    Aug 19 '19 at 20:59
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It only applies to peer-reviewed edits. Once you reach the edit posts threshold (2,000), you can make edits of any size, and you don't need an edit summary.

It's almost definitely a measure to prevent people from loading the queues (which are already loaded enough on some sites) with tiny edits.

The best practice (and one I do fairly frequently) is on sites where you're under 2k, simply drop a comment to the OP mentioning the issue. 90% of the time they edit it themselves. Just keep an eye on the post so you can remove the comment once it's done.

See this post from Jeff Atwood and the links Bryan Krause shared for more info.

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