In order to keep the barrier to entry really low, here is what I think could be done,
Show edit question or answer option to everyone including anonymous users (with captcha). If the user has enough reputation, allow the edit to be saved directly. If the user doesn't have enough points or if it is a anonymous edit, highlight it to the moderators + admins + anyone with edit access and they can review the edit and approve it. This could be toggled on/off in preferences in the admin interface. What do you think about this?
+1 Editing questions and answers was how I really got interested in Stackoverflow. It was a long time before I started answering questions in earnest; easy questions had the Fastest Gun In the West problem, and anything that wasn't easy required a lot of specialized knowledge or effort.
But editing questions and answers to make them more readable and understandable... that was kind of fun for me, and I was able to contribute in my own way until I "found my footing".
Having a peer-reviewed editing system (e.g., with a moderator queue and/or allowing high-karma users to approve/reject/improve suggested edits) would give newcomers an additional vector for participation and help Askbot communities grow.
I read answers.ros.org a lot, and it seems to receive tons of questions from people for whom English is a 2nd language. If I'm reading the question anyway, editing it is pretty easy (it actually drives me crazy to not be able to do it!), and would greatly improve the quality of the site. Similarly, I'm more interested in answering a clearly-posed question, because it's more likely to be read/useful to somebody else in the future.
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Asked: 2011-07-14 22:50:32 -0500
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