Why sholdn't the community welcome editing typos?

When I klick edit, a warning appears, asking me to "avoid trivial, one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary".

Is this to encourag the editor to come up with a non-trivial improvement, as long as they have the edit window open?

What is the preferred approch?

Would it be preferible to leave a comment? To flag the question? Ignore the typo?

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Good question. The issue has been raised on the SO meta before, and the answers I can find are as follows:

  • There's no limit to nitpicking, and if the question is understandable, then tiny fixes don't add much other than to satisfy our grammar Nazi neuroses.
  • Editing the question bumps it back to the top of the page, which is discouraged.
  • When the question has been edited by 5+ people, it becomes Community Wiki, which (among other things) means no one earns any rep from the question.
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    as pointed out on in the comments on the SO meta question, such undesired side-effects of minor edits (bump, change to CW, etc., ), could be eliminated for minor edits (e.g. by having a check-box that says 'minor-edit') Mar 19, 2012 at 18:24
  • @David - That definitely opens the door for abuse, but still, suggest it as a feature request on the main meta and see what people think.
    – eykanal
    Mar 19, 2012 at 18:28

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