The edit in question: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/revisions/22297/2
Your post was not edited 'in a way that greatly altered the tone of my words'. Your post was:
Software says I need more character. Oh wait characters!
This does not fit the standards of this site. See: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/help/referencing
I edited your post to make it fit these standards. What did I do?
- Removed useless text
- Added quote from link
The sacred–profane dichotomy is an idea posited by French sociologist Émile Durkheim, who considered it to be the central characteristic of religion: "religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things set apart and forbidden."
From: Sacred–profane dichotomy on Wikipedia; the quote from Durkheim 1915, p. 47
There is nothing wrong with that. In fact it is the very reason why I have been given the privilege through votes to edit posts. But even a suggested edit like this would've been accepted easily.
You then write:
In this particular case the edit was done by someone who has a very different approach to the use of this forum, and I suspect a very different approach to life in general, than I do.
This is not a forum. This is a Q&A-site.
But anyway, who did the edit is not so important. You should look at edits objectively, no matter who does them. See for yourself if it makes the post better or not. This paragraph is irrelevant.
I have no problem if someone fixes a typo. This went way beyond that, to someone changing the tone and feeling of my words to suit his own personal worldview.
As said before, I didn't make it fit my own worldview. I made it fit the standards. You have no reason to claim that editing in a quote from another webpage you linked to changes the meaning of the post.
I most definitely object in the most strenuous manner to being edited simply over a matter of personal style.
Then maybe this is not the right site for you.
What is my recourse? And whose bad idea was it to allow a user who seems to have a personal issue with my writing style (and who frankly hasn't been around here that long) to edit my posts and change my tone and writing voice?
I do not have a personal issue with your writing style.
I have been around longer than you (2y 2m versus 1y 3m). I was gone for a year though because I was doing other things. But if you have a look at my other accounts you can see I'm not only active here but also on other SE sites, which gives me a reason to think that I know a bit what fits the standards and what does not. But again, this shouldn't really matter in the context of an edit.