Any edit should always be able to answer "Yes" to the question: "Does this edit make it better for the next reader?"
Some examples of constructive edits include:
- Creating a better representation of the website on its AboutUs domain page:
- Mentioning something interesting about the site that others might not know.
- Fixing an out of date address, email or phone number is very helpful!
- Letting the community know what your edit is and why you made it via your edit summary.
- Letting the community know if a page is no longer a website, adult content, a spam site, etc.
- Adding a Review. If you have experience with the website or company, use the Influence Us feature to give them constructive feedback to improve.
- Defining a term so it can be referenced by many pages.
- Don't write anything untrue. If you state a fact that might be controversial, reference it to clear up any confusion.
- Don't write anything threatening, expletive, or defamatory.
- Edit wars are not helpful.
Constructive edits can also enter into the realm of clarifying or reorganizing, leading to self organization. This is very important because there is so much information to read that less is most often more. Reading various comments and summarizing them into a more concise presentation takes time, but readers appreciate it. Wiki technology does this very well, anyone reading an article is welcome to reorganize, add to, subtract from or otherwise improve the text. Constructive editing is like polishing a pearl. The more polished the pearl - the more people will love it.