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I can thank someone for a great answer or question by upvoting, is there some way to thank someone for an edit or for protecting a question?

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    "Thanks for the edit!"
    – user1027
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:25
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    ^ Like that, in a comment.
    – user1027
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:25
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    It doesn't seem like enough!
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:26
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    Well, you can always mail me a fiver. :3
    – user1027
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:34
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    @Keen Ugh, I hate that. It's noise, both for the recipient (go to inbox, oh no, it's nothing important after all) and for the community (a comment, I'll read it… Nope, nothing in it for me).
    – user56
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:45
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    @Gilles Thanks for the comment!
    – user1027
    Aug 1, 2012 at 21:50
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    @Gilles Except that (as long as thanking users is not a common event) it can show recognition of a particularly good edit, like what neilfein recently did on an older answer, and encourage more of those.
    – Izkata
    Aug 1, 2012 at 23:40
  • @Izkata yeah, when someone goes above and beyond I'd like to give them a +1.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Aug 1, 2012 at 23:48
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    @Gilles interesting. My comments were deleted, yet the chit-chat already in the comments thread stays? My link to the blog entry is entirely relevant, even if I tend towards agreeing with you that "thanks for the edit" is mostly unwanted "noise". Or is there some other reason my comments were deleted?
    – Beofett
    Aug 8, 2012 at 23:17
  • @Beofett Your comment seemed to be solely intended for me and not for general discussion. If you wanted to make a point with your link, I suggest doing so more clearly, in an answer.
    – user56
    Aug 8, 2012 at 23:21
  • @Gilles I can point to several other comments right here on the page that fit that description precisely. If you're going to be so quick to "clean up" comments, you really ought to make an effort to be consistent. Otherwise, it comes off as arbitrary censorship.
    – Beofett
    Aug 8, 2012 at 23:26
  • @Beofett Cool it off with the insults, please. I've already pinged the other moderators on the site to look at the comments here.
    – user56
    Aug 8, 2012 at 23:33
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    @Gilles What insults? All I said was that it comes off poorly. That's not an insult; it is merely feedback.
    – Beofett
    Aug 8, 2012 at 23:37
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    @Beofett & Gilles Deleting those comments seems fine to me. Comments are pretty limited by their nature, so it was unclear if that was a message for Gilles specifically, or a comment for the general community. All comments are expected to be potentially deleted, so accusing someone who deletes comments as partaking in "censorship" is a bit much.
    – user1027
    Aug 9, 2012 at 14:36
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    @Beofett If a comment is simply a personal message to someone else in the discussion, then it becomes obsolete (i.e. a comment flag reason) once the recipient reads the message. Also, censorhip definitely has a pejorative connotation, it's nowhere near a neutral term. It usually refers to abusing power to remove things that have been deemed unacceptable by those in power. Personally, my feelings on the word 'arbitrary' have been desensitized over months of being told various actions I took while moderating were "arbitrary". ;)
    – user1027
    Aug 9, 2012 at 16:10

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It depends on what your goal is:

  • If it is to simply make the person feel better/appreciated, you can thank them on chat - I agree with Gilles's comment above that a "Thank you" comment is just noise.

  • If you wish to do it as an act of positive reinforcement, as Keen said, there likely isn't any need to use your thanking upvote as direct reward feedback anymore for this kind of user.

  • If it is a wish to grant them a more "material" benefit than a mere good word, you can always seek out an older post by that user which seems quality enough to deserve an upvote but you didn't upvote before (may be a tag you don't follow closely).

    Just make sure not to upvote any random post that doesn't deserve upvotes - but for a kind of user who would provide this helpful edit, I'd wager it's not very hard to find a good post of theirs that deserves it.

    It will not be clearly associated with your expressing thanks to them communications wise (unless you also comment on chat), but an anonymous gift is (sometimes|often) better than named one; and see the last bullet point re: no need for positive reinforcement.

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You're looking to specifically reward someone for an edit or protect? That's not really feasible. The system does reward low-rep users who submit accepted edits, but that doesn't sound like what you're looking for. The system isn't built to reward more abstract actions people can take to contribute to the site.

By the time you have the rep to protect or edit questions, you're already a pretty devoted member of the community, so it's assumed that your use of those abilities doesn't require a reward mechanism.

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