I wanted to add a missing ampersand in some code in an answer and I couldn't. I added >6 dummy characters which worked, wanted to delete them but couldn't, because the unreviewed edits are combined into one … which means I still can't add that stupid ampersand. You can't be serious! Do I have to add a haiku or what's the intention of this rule?
I have reviewed that particular edit and rejected the first version about the remark regarding the SX.
In the first case I didn't understand that the real intention was the ampersand addition so I rejected since it was going to look like it's Joseph's remark. The second time I was not that stupid and scrolled down in the code and saw the replacement.
In the review tools there is a button called
Improve visible during the suggested edit review and I have used it to remove the excess text.
I thought you have added that text just for the ampersand and also that text made it possible that I can remove it (removing text also counts for the character count, or maybe I have enough rep for that I'm not sure).
But please don't take this as a blessing because that sort of edits can put the OP in a difficult position if readers don't pay attention to user who edited the question/answer etc.
I agree that the rule is a little weird but it's a defensive one against the interesting collection of users mainly at other SE sites (I have no memory on such problems here), 2 points beggars for the edits or perfectionists or question pingers etc.
What do people think to having a secondary edit feature that, say, only allows edits less then six characters and doesn't require review from high-rep user ? This way, the people that want to only correct typos in an edit can go around and do that, whilst not bothering the reviewers. Note that people wishing to make malicious edits (like adding curlies :D)(if this is indeed a problem) could be deterred by, say, only allowing these 'mini-edits' to come from users with >100 rep.