My edit was rejected and I posted a comment on the related question/answer.
I was then told I shouldn’t do this. I thought comments were for clarifications.
What’s the proper etiquette here?
This post is intended to address a particular behavior, not a particular user.
After rejecting an edit, shortly thereafter, I received a comment on the answer:
Why reject an edit that actually improved the post's phrasing?
If there is an issue with the actions of another user, the proper place to bring this up is in chat or here on Meta, not on the questions/answer comments. Keep in mind, the OP will get inundated with all of the chat content totally unrelated to their actual question. I know I don’t like seeing an Inbox with a double digit badge of unread messages only to find it’s all irrelevant chatter.
Primarily, it changed what I was trying to say. I try to evaluate all edits (not just my own) objectively through the lens of improving the post. That said, I will object to superfluous edits because it appears nothing more than a thesaurus was utilized or tense was changed. I rejected another edit in the queue because it changed a bulleted list to an enumerated one that ultimately did nothing to improve a ~2yr old post.
I rejected the edit because it did two things:
I’m pretty open with my reasoning behind my rejection/approval reasoning and I’ve posted it here on Meta as a method of full disclosure.
I didn’t post “edits will be rejected that change the author’s intent” because it’s quite literally one of the reasons presented by the review system.
Comments are for clarifications, questions, issues with the post not irrelevant discourse. We’ve all made this mistake (your truly included) but it’s becoming much more pronounced. The reason why is a different discussion altogether. That said, comments need to be relevant to the post and limited in scope. Anything past that should be addressed in chat or on Meta.
With respect to editing: do not change people’s wording because it has a significant chance of changing their intent. Making edits to fix grammar is a delicate balance between fixing wording for readability and changing the meaning; it’s not fixing typos or formatting.