An edit I suggested this afternoon was rejected and the reasons given make no sense. To give context, the question asks for mathematical discoveries which were kept secret rather than being announced to the world. The answer I edited says that "Cryptography is a good source of such instances" but only gives one example, RSA, via a quote from Wikipedia. I edited to add a second example, differential cryptanalysis, again via a quote from Wikipedia. It seemed to me to be more sensible to collect cryptography examples in one answer, rather than having multiple ones. Since the author of the answer clearly implied that there were multiple examples and I added a second one in exactly the same style as their first one, my edit seems reasonable and does not, for example, seem to me to change the author's intent.
However, the reasons for rejection were:
- This edit was intended to address the author of the post and makes no sense as an edit. It should have been written as a comment or an answer.
- This edit defaces the post in order to promote a product or service, or is deliberately destructive.
Neither of these applies. I was not attempting to contact the author of the post but to improve their answer, as I explained above. I was certainly not promoting any product or service and nor did I destroy anything, deliberately or even accidentally.
What should one do in such circumstances? It would seem abusive to suggest the same edit again but, at the same time, I feel it was rejected for completely invalid reasons. I could post it as a separate answer but having multiple short crypto-related answers doesn't seem as helpful as a single one.