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I agree with the policy on trivial edits, but is a title edit for grammar too trivial for EL&U? Hypothetically - should the web site host questions with grammar that might be construed as incorrect/awkward grammatical structure/colloquial phrase/etc or can there be a waiver to allow short trivial edits on the titles?

For example, the ultimate in triviality: adding a question mark at the end of a question.

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As you've had only one edit suggestion rejected, it's not difficult to find the question referred to and the details of the rejected edit.

Your proposed amendment was to change:

Is there a word for someone who really has their act together

to

Is there a word for someone who really has his/her act together ?

You will see that it was rejected independently by two separate reviewers. Although I have not seen the edit previously, I would agree with their decision, which gives the standard wording:

This edit is too minor; suggested edits should be substantive improvements addressing multiple issues in the post.

The use of their for his/her in the question is neither "incorrect" nor "controversial". The discussion of that issue in numerous previous questions on the site show that the usage is long-established, frequently used, understood and accepted.
[Disclaimer: That statement is made from memory: I have not checked previous questions at this time.]

My personal view is that short edits on question titles should be made where necessary for clarity, but, in this particular case, the suggested edit was both unnecessary and trivial.

  • Thanks for the answer. I'm perfectly ok with my "his/her" being rejected on grammatical grounds. Perhaps the addition of a question mark, albeit trivial, would have been appropriate. – Jack Ryan Aug 28 '13 at 14:56
  • @JackRyan I agree that the question mark would have been desirable, but, as you say, that would have been trivial! :-) – TrevorD Aug 28 '13 at 15:06

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