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I've used the following sentences recently and I don't know how to express myself in this context without doing it too strongly.

Now I was thinking to reward those who put a bit more effort and do a proper edit without punishing them with a reject. This could lead to fewer rejected edits and hopefully more quality suggested edits.

The word punishing is too strong in my opinion. I was thinking about using demotivating but this does not nail it neither.

It is not really a punishment and it is not supposed to demotivate, so those words are not really appropriate, I think.

What can you suggest? Can you fill in the gap?

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    discouraging. Everyone hates having sincere effort discarded. – stevesliva Jul 22 '15 at 4:57
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Perhaps the word you are looking for is discourage, although it is similar to demotivate.

Definition of discourage by Google: "cause (someone) to lose confidence or enthusiasm." Usage examples: "I don't want to discourage you, but I don't think it's such a good idea," "she was discouraged by his hostile tone."

So your statement would read: "Now I was thinking to reward those who put a bit more effort and do a proper edit without discouraging them with a reject. This could lead to fewer rejected edits and hopefully more quality suggested edits."

edit: didn't notice that stevesliva already suggested this word.

  • True stevesliva did suggest that in a comment. I upvoted, but could not do more. discouraging is what I needed. Until now I thought it was used to make someone not do something. That's a new usage I learned here. Thank you guys. – Ely Jul 22 '15 at 9:48

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