Today I received an edit suggestion on this answer of mine.
The answer contains the following:
Probably the ultimate non-toxic solution [for a high density brine] would be a cesium polytungstate solution.
The suggested edit was as follows
Probably the ultimate non-toxic solution would be a cesium tungstate solution, which has a density of SG 2.80 and is available from Carl Downs at www.formatebrine.com.
There were a few issues with this:
A. Cesium tungstate solutions can have different densities
B. I mentioned cesium polytungstate. This was in reference to another answer that mentioned sodium polytungstate (and gave a source with a density greater than the editor's suggested cesium tungstate solution.)
C. It was from a 1 rep user called John Downs (the same surname as the supplier.)
I decided the best thing to do was to improve the edit, pointing out the technical differences between the editor's offering and the other answer. I left the link to www.formatebrines.com in, but put the recommendation in quotes.
Assuming one does not have time to improve a suggested edit, should this type of thing be accepted or rejected?
Was editing the post the best thing to have done? Are there any improvements that could be made?
It's quite possible that the editor's main reason for the edit was to promote the business of a family member. Is this OK or unacceptable? Or should we assume the best intentions wherever possible?
It's easy to respond to someone who has left comments on a post. But other than chat, is there any way to contact someone who suggests an edit? On another SE site I once rejected an edit, and the box to explain my reasons was way too small, so it ended getting accepted by another reviwer (Also is there any way to contact your fellow reviewers?)
Is there any better way for someone encountering the site for the first time to communicate? It seems odd that they can't comment but they can suggest an edit and they can post an answer. (I often see new users abusing this odd situation in order to be heard.)