Since we have a such small community, and are in need of everyone who finds us, we have to consider the way we treat newcomers.
The most imporant and natural way is to vote, I suppose. Should we keep in mind that the user is a newcomer? Maybe pay a little extra attention to those questions?
Should we avoid editing posts made by newcomers (to any extent)? Even though it is completely irrational, I do believe (although I have no evidence of this) that having your question edited can have a discouraging effect. It is important that people feel welcome. Of course, there are cases when we should edit also the posts of newcomers. But where should the line be drawn? I've tried to make a list of examples, ranging from a very necessary edit to edits of which the gain is less obvious.
- Removing undebatable mistake
- Converting from the x-system
- English spelling
- English grammar
- Making sentences shorter
- Making sentences "sound better" (is this what is called "stylistic changes"?)
- Remove greetings
Whether or not to be picky about tags is another thing we can discuss. I'm not sure where to place that on my list.
I also think there is a possible alternative to editing: leaving a nice comment asking the user to correct it himself/herself.
What do you all say?
(Earlier I started a thread regarding edits, with several sides to it. But, I think this specific matter can be discussed separeately. Therefore, I removed the topic from the other question and started this one. I believe it made no damage since none of the comments or answers in the last question had anything to do with newcomers.)