I added an informative text to a tag which had no excerpt. (click to see the case, should be publicly available)

To me this seems a reasonable excerpt which is not superfluous, not harming readability. I would even say it informs users of the usage of the tag. The tag in question is the '20th century language' tag, so I added in the excerpt '1900-1999' and some added text to make it readable. In response, I seem to have received a rather standard answer, which does not tell me why this would be a bad proposal:

"This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, more accurate or more accessible. Changes are either completely superfluous or actively harm readability."

It would be very informative to properly tell users why a proposed edit is bad, otherwise they will make the same mistake (if it actually was one) again. Please provide me (and others) with this information.

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    If you submit it with the correction, I'll approve it. – tchrist Mar 17 '18 at 17:08

The Twentieth Century ran from 1901–2000, not from 1900–1999. :)

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    Because that's not how language works. There is no year 0. The first year of the first century was the year 1 not the year 0. You also don't get to vote on math. :) – tchrist Mar 17 '18 at 17:13
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    @JJJ That's nice. You don't get to vote on how other people speak or think, no matter what ISO V̅MMMDCI may say. – tchrist Mar 17 '18 at 17:18
  • @JJJ People use words the way people use words, and the 20th Century has always meant 1901–2000. We aren’t passing a law telling them they’re wrong when in fact they are indeed mathematically correct and it’s the people who don’t understand ordinals who are wrong. What’s next, voting that a pound is half a kilogram instead of sixteen ounces, or for the acceptability of singular they? – tchrist Mar 17 '18 at 17:24
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    @JJJ While life would be a whole lot easier if every software and firmware developer on the planet adhered to ISO 8601 instead of trying to do their own thing (and failing miserably at it), the purpose ISO 8601 is not to define English vocabulary - it's completely irrelevant here. It's well known that "The Twentieth Century" means 1901-2000. Whether or not the standard for communicating date/time information wants a zero-based index or a one-based index doesn't change the English name of the century. – ColleenV parted ways Mar 17 '18 at 17:34

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