When I first started using Quora, I didn’t even realize that the “suggest edit” feature existed - until it was directed at me with a suggestion that was basically a typo fix. Pleasantly surprised (I hate it when I don’t notice a typo I made, and my eye lingers on the typos of others - occasionally distracting me from the point the writer is attempting to convey), I immediately accepted the suggestion with a single button click on the email notice.
By the time I received this first correction, I’d already discovered that any user can see the “edits” that have been applied to a question or answer, so I checked the timeline of the recently corrected answer of mine - the edit was in the timeline with no mention of the person who suggested the edit. Edits do have attributions (because almost any user can edit any question), this edit was attributed to me only.
So the suggest edit process appears to me to be a private conversation between the suggester and the suggestee. I have no way of knowing if this activity is visible to moderators or administrators.
It is my perception of the privacy process that leads me to believe that abuse isn’t likely to be a problem either here (should it appear) or on Quora - unless you somehow acquire a forum “enemy” who dislikes you so intensely that they’re willing to bombard you with pointless suggestions.
One thing I failed to include in my description so far of the Quora feature: In addition to the suggested edit, you given the chance (optional) to add a note. I don’t use it when I’m suggesting something simple, like correcting a typo. For more substantive changes, I’ll include a note.
The most frequent of these types of corrections is when the authors chain of thought is clear, but the conclusion is marred by a single bad choice of word use, such that the conclusion contradicts the argument. And every time I’ve felt the need to correct such a word, the word badly chosen appeared frequently, used correctly in the preceding argument. I’ve done this myself on occasion! The word was used enough times during the argument that I didn’t recognize that I misused it in the conclusion. My note will be short, something like “I think you meant to say X - at least that’s how I read the rest of your answer.”
Only once have I suggested a major set of changes. I was reviewing all answers to a question I had a strong urge to answer, but I often resist the urge until I see the other answers. If someone else has made my point well, instead of answering, I’ll comment on their answer with something like “You made a point I wanted to raise well - so well that I don’t need to add my own answer!”
Quora often “collapses” answers - and gives users the ability to click on an a button to expose the answers - and the reasons Quora decided to collapse them. The answer to which I suggested changes was collapsed, with Quora stating “This answer needs improvement”. I read the answer, the wording was convoluted, but if you forced your way through it, the reasoning was clear. And while I disagreed with the authors conclusion, it was a legitimate, non harassing, non idiotic, non offensive, and thoughtful point of view. I felt it deserved inclusion in the visible answers. So I rewrote about half of it. I added structure, converted run on sentences to bullet points, and changed (slightly) the order of the author’s line of reasoning. My note there was something like: “While I disagree with you, I think your point of view is worth considering among the other, non-collapsed answers. I’ve noticed that Quora frequently says an answer needs improvement - and my suggested edit is my best guess at how to get your ideas back into the non-collapsed discussion. I’ve tried hard to adhere to the ideas you present and not change their meaning, nor inject my own opinions.”
The author accepted my edit - and their answer quickly appeared with the other, non-collapsed answers. To my surprise, the author found one of my answers and made a “suggested edit” consisting of a single changed character. They also wrote a note which I paraphrase:
“Thank you! I don’t write or speak English well. Your rewrite of my answer is much appreciated and does a far better job of making my case than I did. Are you a professional editor? Please REJECT this suggested edit, I did it because it’s the only way I know of to send you this private thanks!”