I suggested an edit which was rejected. I would like some input on whether this sort of edit is desired, and what the recommended course of action would be from here on.
(addendum: I am suddenly unsure whether the edit was rejected after all, I just checked it again and it now says "approved" as well as "rejected", apparently the votes are still coming in. Perhaps my question here was premature)
The original answer is a story-identification answer. The answer is very short, listing only story name and author, does not cite any sources, and in my opinion does not meet the quality standards of this site; but (and this is quite and important distinction in my mind) I have no doubt that it is the correct answer to the question.
All it is lacking is some more references that demonstrate why it is the correct answer.
The answer has been left undisturbed for 8 hours, and the author only has this single answer, so it seems unlikely that they will come back to edit it.
I have added the relevant quotes from the novel to demonstrate that this is indeed the novel that the questions was asking for.
I took care to only add direct quotes from the novel, and as little of my own commentary as possible, and I cannot really imagine this being against the intent of the original author.
Is the general consensus that such edits should not be made?
The edit is definitely too long for a comment. I suppose another possibility is to add this edit as yet another answer. I do not like this solution for the following reason.
- the first answer is the correct one. it seems disrespectful to copy that answer, only adding my quotes, when I alone would not have been able to identify the story.
- two answers that say essentially the same thing are confusing and unnecessary.
- adding another answer still leaves the site with a sub-standard answer. Editing the original leaves only a (IMHO) good answer