Yesterday, somebody asked how to build a service like IMDB, with the title:
Movie/song database like IMDB
Today another user more or less rewrote the entire question, and changed the title into:
Is there an open movie and/or music database available for commercial use?
Please see details of edit here.
On SE, a "radical edit" is an edit that changes or distorts the meaning of a question (or answer).
While the revised version is a better question, and more suitable for this site - it is also a totally different question. I do not think it is appropriate on SE for an editor to radically change the meaning of someone else's question.
If the editor wants to know: "Is there an open movie and/or music database available for commercial use?", he should have created a new question under his own name, asking about that.
Unapproved editing requires at least 1000 rep, so this radical edit must have been approved by a moderator or someone with enough rep. I do not think radical editing ever should be considered appropriate, and humbly suggest that the same moderator or high rep person does a rollback.
I think there are really two questions here:
- Was the edit cited as a case in this question a radical edit (i.e. one that changed the meaning of the question)?
- Is a radical edit ever appropriate?