Something I've noticed in the last few days (it's probably been going on longer than that, but a couple days ago it actually bit me, so I noticed it...) - why do we make minor edits (usually small style, spelling, or grammar corrections) to questions or answers that were posted anywhere between two and five years ago? At some point, wouldn't we think "this has been like this for a very long time, maybe we should just let it stand as-is"?
The reason I say this "bit" me is that posts that are edited in this way show up on the list of active questions. Which in my case, led me to post a comment on an answer that had been posted ages ago, thinking that it had been much more recently active. Which was a little embarrassing when I realized later what I had done (though I'll survive, of course...). This is compounded by the fact that on the Stack Exchange Android app, a question or answer that is edited doesn't show any indication of when it was originally posted, it just shows when the last edit was done (and doesn't provide any way to actually look at the edit history, short of opening the question in a web browser rather than the app).
I understand that we want an excellent body of curated content, but it seems to me like this practice of editing posts that haven't been touched in years causes some usability issues. If we think it's sufficiently important to do this, I'd suggest that we could consider making (at least) one of these changes:
- Edits of this nature (or maybe just edits like this by a moderator) should not be considered to be "activity", for purposes of updating the active questions list. Admittedly, this does create an (unlikely, but possible) opportunity for abuse, by allowing changes to things posted in the past without raising an obvious indication that something changed.
- The Android mobile app could be updated to also show the date a question or answer was originally posted, rather than just the date the last edit was made to it (and for bonus points, provide a way to look at the full edit history too). This is probably the most sensible option, though I don't know if there is any ongoing development on the Android app at this point; it's been a very long time since I've seen any update released for it.
This particular meta forum is probably not the best place to raise either of these suggestions, but I'm not sure what other forum would be more productive.