Here's a short tale about scientific journal editing, to complement my lament about the lack of Editors in Web2.0
. At the risk of being a scientific pariah, I believe some works can be overedited.
After much polishing at my home institute, I submitted a paper for consideration to a scientific journal. We then went through a quite reasonable set of 3 stages of edits before they declared the paper was accepted for publication. It then went through one more round of editing by a different editor to match house style. Then it went to the proofers, for one last round, and I was told it was ready and final.