Does a poster get notified if an edit is made to an answer, or should I add a comment to prompt?


Edits that other people make to posts which are yours (both questions and answers) will cause an edit notification to show in your inbox.


However, these notifications are not sent for minor edits. Edits need to be substantiative enough for the system to deem it necessary to notify you. For more information, see Meta.SE:

In order to reduce noise sent to users, we only notify when "substantive" changes are happening on their posts.

There are a few rules in how "substantive" is defined, but typically one of the following should be enough to trigger a message:

  • edit to a question title
  • the edit in the post body should be over a threshold
  • the edit in code sections should be over another threshold

The threshold varies from site to site. Retagging only is not considered "substantive" hence will not send notification.

Notifications are not sent to the user who asked a question if an answer to their question is edited.

  • I swapped my 15-point flag, then ;) I have occasionally wondered why nothing ever happens if I suddenly get a brainstorm on an answer I posted days before, & add what is actually the right answer. So, I need to drop a comment into the OP to actually let them know there was a change
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 12 '15 at 20:26
  • @Tetsujin It's meta, points are irrelevant, unless you're Tim! Yes, precisely.
    – grg Mod
    Mar 12 '15 at 20:28
  • hahaha. I guess so. I always wondered what the Tim references were - I'm still really a newbie ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 12 '15 at 20:30
  • @Tetsujin Not to take anything away from Tim Stone, but every time I see Tim mentioned, I think of Tim Minchin haha
    – grg Mod
    Mar 14 '15 at 19:26
  • I was listening to Storm & Prejudice only this afternoon. One of my favourite comedians [if that's what you could label him]
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 14 '15 at 19:34

The OP should get a notification whenever a non-trivial edit is made to a post.


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