The front page of the site was recently flooded with approximately 20-30 edits which did nothing but remove contractions from posts, e.g. changing "I'm" to "I am" and "it's" to "it is".
May I take this opportunity to remind everyone of the help centre guidance on edits:
Some common reasons to edit are:
- to fix grammatical or spelling mistakes
- to clarify the meaning of a post without changing it
- to correct minor mistakes or add addendums / updates as the post ages
- to add related resources or hyperlinks
Tiny, trivial edits are discouraged - try to make the post significantly better when you edit, correcting all problems that you observe.
Whether or not to use contractions is a matter of personal style, not of correctness. If someone has made a spelling or grammatical mistake, even a very minor one like mixing up "its" and "it's", then fixing that could be a valid edit. But changing the writing style of a post written in perfectly correct English is not what edits are for. "I'm" and "I am" are equally valid.
PS. The front page now looks as though it's flooded with my edits, but that's only because I've been rolling back all the bad edits which just removed contractions.