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What does minor edit mean?

asked 2017-08-21 09:09:52 -0500

What is a minor edit? When should I mark something as a minor edit? How do I mark a minor edit?

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answered 2017-08-21 09:09:59 -0500

A minor edit is an edit made on Wikipedia that only makes small, superficial changes to an article. Per Wikipedia, "Examples include typographical corrections, formatting and presentational changes, and rearrangements of text without modification of its content. A minor edit is one that the editor believes requires no review and could never be the subject of a dispute."

For example, editing an article to remove a spelling error would be a small edit, whereas going into the article and re-writing a section would not. The reason for this is that people are unlikely to contest a spelling error whereas they may contest someone completely changing a section. If you're ever in doubt about whether or not something is a minor edit, it most likely is not.

You can mark something as a minor edit by checking the box that says "This is a minor edit". If you're using VisualEditor it will be present in the content box that appears when you press the "save changes" button. If you're editing in source mode, this will be visible at the bottom of the page. Regardless of which version you use, you should always try to leave an edit summary that describes what you've done to the article.

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