I won't be surprised if it has already been discussed, but anyway.
I relatively often make minor edits to my own answers: typically a typo in math or in English, or a slight modification of the logic to make it clearer. And as well to other answers or questions, usually for a typo, often in a name, or in maths if it's really trivial and doesn't justify adding a comment (the latter is debatable).
I am also aware that all edits, however tiny, push the question to the top of the question flow, and that often causes endless discussions about whether or not the edit should be made at all.
But I think it's not the right way to look at the problem: here the technical details (pushing to top) influences how we regard an edit, even if there is a motivation to do it. Not adding the extra burden of having to see it again becomes more important than doing it, and it seems wrong.
For instance, correcting a typo in a proper name is always justified to me, but it does not necessarily justify pushing the question to the top, as it's not a significant modification of the question or answer that would make it worth of seeing it again.
Another case I often have is a number of edits after the first publication of an answer: usually it's not perfect at once, and I have to add modifications, if only to answer comments by the OP. In a few cases, the answer was so long and complicated that I had to do change it many times, and it's an unnecessary burden (there are ways to deal with this, but I don't think they are perfect either).
So my suggestion would be: allow to flag the edit as minor, and add a filter to the question list to allow masking minor edits (or just mask them without any additional filter). It already exists on Wikipedia, for instance.
There is a flaw: an ill-intentioned editor could manage to hide an edit he does. There are a few ways to circumvent this:
- Allowing only users with enough reps to mark as minor: after all, we don't know if newbies know well what is considered minor, and it may require some time to adapt. Might be possible to remove the rep bar if editing one's own answer/question.
- For newbies, edits pass through a review queue anyway.
- It might be possible to mark as minor only if the diff is small enough (possibly not enforced for one's own answer/question).
Just a suggestion. I don't even know if it's actually feasible within the SE framework. But I believe it would help a lot to avoid unnecessarily feeling guilty for something that is really ordinary.