Discussion originally held at Forum:Revise the underedit rule.
As the title of this forum suggests, I believe we should scrap the 'underedit' rule that requires users to acquire 100 edits and 50 mainspace edits, or at the very least reduce the number of edits required to use the feature. At first I was a bit cautious to remove this rule, but I've become a believer following the reactions on chat and some various other reasons. As a frequent chat-goer and administrator, I can safely say that the 'underedit' rule is both counterproductive and unnecessary. In my eyes, the original purpose of the rule was to shoo away the unruly visitors that often came onto the chat with the purpose of disruption in mind. These users have shown no intent of returning, and the chat is doing well. With the recent termination of the automated chat program that kept these underedits out of the chat in the first place, chat moderators and administrators have reverted back to the old-fashioned method of warning these users themselves. This is both inconvenient and disrupting. The flow of chat has had difficulty rebounding after these users enter the chat, which isn't an intended repercussion of the rule. This also discourages users from editing altogether. It's a rarity to see a user go on an editing spree with the sole intent of using the chatroom, and we may be unintentionally dispiriting newcomers from becoming apart of our community (which can come off as intimidating and goes against 'Do not bite the newcomers').
Essentially: The 'underedit' rule is counterproductive and no longer necessary. Either scrap it entirely or reduce the number of edits required to use the feature by a significant amount (if you want to go this route, I would personally recommend 25 edits with 10 edits to the mainspace). I would at least like to see the rule significantly nerfed.